Can they say that $#*! on TV now?

August 3, 2010

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Blog Guy, I’m curious about an upcoming fall CBS television show. You know the one I mean?

No, and I don’t give a dollar pound asterisk exclamation, either.

So you DO know the one I’m talking about! “$#*! My Dad Says,” on CBS.

TCA/Hey pal, you can’t say $#*! in my blog! The Parents Television Council has called on advertisers to boycott the series, saying this type of language should not be accepted as lighthearted fun. I guess they think kids might learn punctuation marks sooner than they should.

But Blog Guy,  surely the $#*! is meant precisely to substitute for the four-letter s-word, which you can’t use on broadcast television. So they’re saying these symbols are as bad as the word they replace?

Maybe they’re right. Our own story on the controversy did go out online with a warning about the “strong language in title.”

And what was the title?

It was just “Media watchdog urges advertisers to boycott $#*! TV show.”

Yikes! Who stars in the program, by the way?

I believe it’s veteran actor William $#a!ner.

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Actor William Shatner talks about his show ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ during the CBS, Showtime and the CW Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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Posted by Tweets that mention Can they say that $#*! on TV now? | Analysis & Opinion | — | Report as abusive

I don’t think my Father’s conversations with us would make this show. A typical 4:00 a.m. summer conversation would be something like this: “After you carton the eggs (5000 every morning) and feed the stock, hoe the corn fields on the home place. Then, get all the sour dock out of the apple orchard. Pile it and burn it. Your uncle Elder says that’s the only way to get rid of it. Then shovel a hopper box full of beans so that we can sell them tomorrow if the price is good. Then….”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Lol!! Sh*t and Sha*… teeheehee…. loubing it! 😀

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thank you, Spin and Shra…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

W#% D%e$^’! #@!e !#*$?

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

Doc, is sour dock like rotten apples?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Come on now, Mama. #@!e is such a strong word.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

If you think so, then you can just %^&&} yourself….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Sour dock is a weed full of oxalic acid. It’s bad for horses and livestock.

Dad once sent us out with clippers to cut, one by one, every sour dock in the apple orchard, which covered 11 acres. We had to cut so as not to disturb the seeds and pile the weeds up and burn them. Dad thought we would have it done in an afternoon, but it took a week of hot August afternoons. We kids all agreed at the time that it was Uncle Elder’s idea of a joke, but which Dad took seriously. Dad was a lot bigger on German Work Ethic than he was on humor.

I think my brothers and I all played (American)football just so that we could escape to two-a-day practices in August before school started.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Doc, that brings back memories. There’s nothing like growing up in the Midwest with a daily dose of the German Work Ethic every day of your childhood.

After several years of marriage, my wife said to me, “The big difference between you and me is, if you won the lottery you’d still show up for work the next day.”

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Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Mr.B., considering you work from home while still in your jammies wouldn’t be a bit difficult not to show up?

@Doc… so you rounded up *weeds* from an 11 acre property and *burned* them. Hmmmm….

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Funny. I follow him on Twitter, and few of his posts are suitable for network television. They are funny though.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Doc… there you go again, teaching!!!
I love the stories though… so, would let you go this time around…..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Is it any wonder that I ws so mean to my “city” cousins when they would come out for a visit?

I once showed one of my cousins (2 years younger than I) the “secret passage” in the barn. The secret passage was a quick way to get behind the barn. When my Dad and my Uncle came out to the barn, my cousin showed them the “secret passage.”

My Dad snickered, while my Uncle said, quite irately, “He has him crawling out the manure hole!”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Hey, Blog Guy, you look like a Swiss!

Posted by Houdini | Report as abusive

As I am new here, I only read the small print after my comment didn’t show up, sorry, I didn’t put a comment that “… advances the story directly or with relevant ….”. I only posted $#*!. I wrote that I thought the blog guy looked like a βλοοδψ Swiss in his picture. This comment doesn’t either.

Posted by Houdini | Report as abusive

@ifly: but Doc didn’t inhale while burning the weeds, or while at the secret passage! Oh, the fresh country air.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Houdini, those rules are for the other blogs. On this one, try not to make comments that enlighten or educate anyone, and you’ll be fine. Of course, that Swiss comment about me was below the belt.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Houdini? Is that you, Cousin Al? (of “secret passage” fame)

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I couldn’t tell you, Spin. I’ve never read them.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

# means a pound in the US? Really?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Yes. You need to know that before you come here, because automated phone answering systems at businesses will constantly tell you to press the pound sign…. Oh get away, Shra!

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Doc, that “secret passage” story was awesome!

Well Mr. B. you did mention Shra needed to use the taser more. How nice of you to lead by example.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

# means “number” and “pounds” in the US

It all depends on whether the symbol comes before or after the digit.

Posted by SkimpyDog | Report as abusive

BG… I wasnt gonna tase you, coz I was still laughing on that manure hole story of Doc’s…
Ah well, back to work then…. zappp!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks Doc! I now have a new insult.
As in, ‘Shut your manure-hole’, or ‘Go talk to the manure-hole’, or ‘You know, you really are just a gaping manure-hole’.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Well Mr. B, there you go breaking your own rules and educating someone.

I agree with Everyone who likes your final line above.

Doc, are you sure you’re not from GA. That sounds like something my granddaddy would have had my Mom and her siblings do when they were young.

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