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Old Sailor Shocked At Cursing In TV Cable Shows

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.

This Ex-Sailor Is Shocked By TV President’s Cursing

 In 1961, FCC Chairman Newton Minnow called TV “a vast wasteland”. As bad as the boob tube was way back then, if Newton were to make that statement today, he’d probably call it a half-vast wasteland. It’s infected by boring reality shows, never-ending commercials and the Kardashians. And getting worse.
One of the most shocking developments is the overwhelming glut of obscenity. I served in the Navy in World War 2 and Korea, and heard quite a few curse words. In certain stressful moments, I may have expressed some of them. However, the current trend in using the formerly forbidden words actually does make this old sailor blush.
Most profane these days are the cable network dramas, where cursing has gone about as far as you can go. The programs now vie with each other to see how many obscenities they can spew out per TV minute. 
One of the most guilty is “Veep”, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Two decades ago, she was the sweet little Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.” Back then, she was in many angry situations where cursing could have been appropriate. However, TV standards of the time restricted Elaine’s words to some hecks, darns and drats. And maybe a bleep or two.

This season of “Veep” involves her character, Selina Meyer, ascending to the Presidency. Now, on your favorite cable station, the leader of the free world is spewing out those most shockingly offensive words. Can you imagine if other Presidents had been so lacking in language constraint? For instance: 

Would little George Washington have confessed to his father: “I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the ∑£√ÎØ cherry tree”?

Would Abe Lincoln have started his Gettysburg address with, “Four score and seven ∑£√ÎØ years ago…”?
Would Teddy Roosevelt have declared, “Speak softly, but carry a big ∑£√ÎØ stick”?

Would John F. Kennedy have said, “Don’t ask what your ∑£√ÎØ country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your ∑£√ÎØ country”?
Would Ronald Reagan have called out, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that ∑£√ÎØ wall”?

Would Bill Clinton have said, “I did not ∑¶£√ that woman?”