This topic deserves a post.
I’m tired of profanity. Tired, tired, tired of it. It’s all over my television, even on the networks now. It’s littered in nearly every movie made. It’s filling the lyric sheets of nearly every popular music act around. It’s even plastered on people’s cars.
I face an uphill challenge raising a child to be a Christian in today’s society. I realize that and my wife realizes it too. But we shouldn’t be forced to shield my son’s ears and eyes 24 hours a day.
On television, if I turn to HBO, I expect to hear bad language and to see immoral content. But the extent of it speaks volumes to the limited creativity of the modern television writer and the watered down pool of them. I suppose with so many channels and thus so many programs, putting together a creative writing staff is more difficult than ever. Judging from the product, it’s practically impossible. Thus the rise in reality television, which is also filled with profanity.
This just in, for those perennial stars of the Real World, Road Rules and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge/Gauntlet/Milking It For All Its Got spinoffs, “If YOU DROP AN “F” BOMB ON TV, YOU’LL BE BEEPED.” Why can’t they save us all the trouble and try to find a different word to use. It’s been said that the abundant use of profanity by an individual speaks volumes to their intelligence. If you’ve ever watched one of those pathetic programs on MTV, you’ll see proof that statement has merit.
I was watching Dateline Sunday night in an effort to find something not filled with profanity. It was on for about 10 seconds when someone said the word, “bitch.” Flip, and we’re back to Food Network. I’d seen that episode of Iron Chef America, but I watched it again anyway.
Don’t get me started on movies.
Music is of particular interest. Try buying a rock CD without bad language on it. Just try. I got a kick out of Mike Shinoda recently. When Linkin Park’s first album came out, the band said they didn’t use profanity because it wasn’t necessary and did nothing for the music.
Shindoa puts his own project together and the first song goes, “so I want you to know it's a little f*&^d up that I'm stuck here waiting, at times debating…” That’s “Where’d You Go” for those interested, by Fort Minor. Pick it up at the nearest dumpster.
But what really got me going on this was seeing it on cars. I’ve seen bumper stickers, I’ve seen window clings, etc. When he’s older, I won’t be able to drive my son around town without explaining to him why this car says this or this car says that.
Things that used to embarrass people just don’t raise an eyebrow anymore. Maybe I’m hypersensitive because I’m a Christian and a father. Goodness knows my language needs perfecting often, so I’m not innocent. But I really wish people would be more considerate when using filthy language. Stop being so concerned about your right to say it, and start being cognoscente of my right not to hear it.