I read in today’s entertainment newsfeed that the FCC wants pay TV to do more on decency. Okay, well, first of all, pay TV is really all about choosing to pay for the uncensored stuff. I like HBO shows to be straight up girtty, funny, with full on foul language and sex. I mean, I have a difficult time watching the cut-down versions of Sex and the City on KRON. Can you imaging Carrie Bradshaw or Samantha Jones not being able to say the word ‘fuck.’? It’s like an extension of the character, practically.
The whole decency for the sake of the children angers me, and I’m surprised more parents aren’t getting angrier than I am since the government is basically saying that parents aren’t doing their jobs in acting to monitor what their kids watch. We have TV ratings, we have V-Chips, we have parental controls, we have broadcast TV under a high degree of scrutiny unheard of since the late 60s. Now, premium cable is being asked to tone down? Underground TV is starting to look good to me, right now. Speaking as a former kid, I can vouch for the fact that kids are going to watch whatever they can get away with, but admittedly back in my day we didn’t have ratings or v-chips. I mean, they even make TV timers for cable boxes where you can limit the amount of time a kid can watch in any given week. I mean, I’m glad my parents couldn’t afford that little invention when I was in middle school or else I wouldn’t know the wonders of scrambled porn. 🙂
Anyway, my point is that the rest of us shouldn’t have to sacrifice on account of parents contributing to the delinquincy of their own children by not actually parenting.