Stephen Colbert is in hot water, but the dirty words he blurted out on TV are nothing new. Maybe it all started in 1939 when Clark Gable snarled, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” Before that and since, laws and religion have prevented cursing and explicit sex references from all forms of our daily communications.
However, in case you haven’t noticed, in just the past few years, movies and cable TV shows have been spewing curses and sexing up the screens in ever-increasing numbers. Once the dirty barn door was opened, it was really just a matter of time before the filth was all over every branch of communications, including Colbert’s talk show.
I’m not on a holier-than-thou pulpit condemning today’s filthy talk. I served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, and must confess there were stressful times when I may have uttered the words darn and heck.
I’m not easily shocked, but by the way the media is going, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll view a latter-day, six-year-old Shirley Temple clone. She’ll sweetly sing contemporary hip-hop lyrics to “On The Good Ship Lollipop”. You can only guess the words.