Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fuck who?

Ralphie: Oooh fuuudge!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said the word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.
- "A Christmas Story"
"A Christmas Story" takes place in 1940. The "f-dash-dash-dash word" was only slightly more taboo than it is now. It's used in polite conversation, in anger and happiness, on the performance stage, movies and TV. Well, not so much on TV. At least until Monday night. That'll teach me not to watch the Home Run Derby.
Our boy, Chase Utley uttered it in response to getting booed by some displaced Mets fans in Yankee Stadium during the introductions of the Home Run Derby.

Did you hear it or did you need the subtitles? I think the bigger faux pax was when Chris Berman introduced him as a "second baseman that can pull it." Why didn't anyone complain about that?
Chase caused a minor stir with his minor utterance. What amazes me is that ESPN put microphones on baseball players and expected them not to use profanities. I guess we're supposed to be offended because it's TV and kids could be watching. I don't think a word is the worst thing that kids are exposed to on television, but one problem at a time.
I'm not sure exactly what "fuck you" means anyway. There are plenty of women who would say "fuck me" to Utley, but if he said "fuck you" to them it's a big problem. Me. You. Isn't it the same thing? Apparently not.
It's the tool of last resort when we're angry and need a two syllable reply that would otherwise take a long explanation.
A suggested retort:
"Perhaps you are booing me because inside, you resent my talent and your inferior self-image manifests itself in hostility, and you choose to lash out at others rather than look at yourself."
Fuck you.


Kate Michele said...

you can pack alot of meaning between those to words.

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

People are way too hung up on words.

For example, I know two certain people who are more concerned with people saying the "f" word than protecting the rights of gay people.

It's just a word where as gay people are HUMAN BEINGS who deserve more attention than a silly word.

Kate Michele said...

Handsome: I am giving you a standing ovation.

kimmyk said...

i say that dash dash dash word a lot.

i dont say it on my blog and i dont say it in front of my children, but....

if you could hear what i say in my head? oh buddy. trucker mouth.

it can be used for many things that word...i dont think i've ever said f**k you to anyone i care about though...i think that's hurtful somehow. isn't that crazy?

honestly, i dont think i say f**k you period. i say what the f**k alot though. but again, mostly in my head and mostly when i'm behind slow ass people when i'm late for work.


crazy world we live in...

Anthony said...

I had some thought about whether or not to use the word or the f**k thing. Decided on the word, obviously.
Generally, we're smart enough to put the "uc" in place of the asterisks, and smart enough to figure out the "bleeping bleep" when we hear it on radio or TV, so why not just use the word? It seems more honest to me and not an insult to my intelligence.

I don't use it around kids or adults unless I hear it first. That's strange.

It is a crazy world, but we're stuck with it.