Perfect timing! The new season of the profanity-loaded TV show “Veep” airs on Easter Sunday. Further, I can’t get used to Seinfeld’s sweet little Elaine Benes AKA Julia Louis Dreyfus AKA Veep spouting all those four-letter words.
Takes me back more than 75 years when everyone was shocked at the profanity in the final scene in the classic movie, “Gone With The Wind”. As Rhett Butler abandoned his lady love, he said, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn!” Considering today’s overwhelming filthy words on both large and small screens, he could’ve been quoting an Easter sermon from the Bible.
Of course, I’ve heard and uttered a bit of profanity here and there. I served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and the Korean War. Sometimes there were moments of fear and stress when the words heck and darn were heard above the gunfire aboard ship during a combat action.
However, I’m uncomfortable with those curses flowing freely from the formerly sweet friend of Seinfeld and other actors. The words themselves don’t shock me. It’s the lowering of creative process into an amateurish gutter, rather than attempts at true creativity with the language of Shakespeare, Longfellow and Whittier.
It’s the same trashing as what has happened to popular music over the same time period. And it becomes worse by the day, especially in brutal and profane movies and TV series. It’s a sad, degrading process, and in the ever-evolving show business world, who knows how much worse it may become.