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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 4:24 PM

In Canada, 9pm is the "watershed" hour: the hour before which no programming intended exclusively for adults can be shown. Coarse langauge intended for adult audiences cannot be aired before this time. In addition to this, there is a requirement that viewer advisories be aired at the beginning of the program and coming in to the program after each break in the first hour of the program if it airs after 9pm (if the program starts to air at any time before this, broadcasters have to air viewer advisories throughout the full duration of the program, even if the "adult" scenes and langauge don't appear in the program until after 9pm).

Another interesting rule about broadcast standards in Canada is that national channels like Bravo and Showcase etc can air "adult" programming after 9pm in the time zone where the signal originates. Since most of these broadcasters are based in Ontario, they can air an "adult" program after 9pm eastern, even though it is only 6pm on the west coast. There have been a number of times when I've come across some racy programming during the dinner hour when I'm back in BC.
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 4:24 PM

I should amend my statement to "American TV, excluding late-night." Honestly, Dynasty aired at 10PM, and it was a shocker, wasn't it?
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 4:25 PM

I'd like to hear an Emily Litella rant on Nipplegate --
Emily: "What's all this I hear about Janet Jackson's pit showing at the super bowl? And she had some kind of ring attached there? She must not have been shaving for a while to get that to stay put. And it must have pulled and kind of hurt when she raised her arm. But pride feels no pain, I say. So who cares if she wears jewelry in her armpit? Not my cup of tea but..."
Jane: "Emily, stop! She showed her tit on national tv, not her armpit! Tit!"
Emily: "Oh. Never mind." [sweet Gilda Radner smile] "Bitch."
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 6:52 PM

The first time I can remember anyone saying "ass" on prime-time network TV was an episode of Roseanne. Dan had gotten in a fight with some guy, and he and Roseanne were arguing about it afterwards, and Dan yelled, "I should have kicked his ass!"
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 8:26 PM

One of my favorite dubs was in the network television showing of Robocop.

The scene: a Bad Guy is robbing a convenience store. Robocop shows up and starts kicking ass. Bad Guy starts shooting Robocop while screaming "Fuck me! Fuck ME! FUCK ME!"

Except that the dubbed version was "Why me? Why ME? WHY ME?"
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 9:10 PM

Sort of misses the point, doesn't it.
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 10:27 PM

In 1980, I lived in Buffalo NY (which is right on the Canadian border), and Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet was being shown on both US and Canadian broadcast - but the Canadians were showing the 1-second shot of Juliet's nipple, and the US wasn't. There was such a fuss on the news because poor innocent US kids might see a nipple on the Canadian channel.
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 10:31 PM

Didn't that version of Romeo and Juliet show a plain-as-day shot of Romeo's ass?
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 10:31 PM

Yes. Yes it did.
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Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 11:45 PM

A while back, the CBC showed a special on David Cronenberg's work. This special became infamous because of two shots it included. One was a nude scene in which the ol' black bars had been coyly placed over the actress's breasts. The other was the infamous "head exploding" scene from Scanners, which was included in all its messy glory. No black bars there.
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 12:36 AM

I was watching Die Hard With a Vengeance the other day on FX. In the uncut version, Bruce Willis calls someone (Samuel L. Jackson? I can't remember) a motherfucker. In the FX version, he calls him a melon farmer. A melon farmer.

Wow, that's threatening.
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 2:13 AM

Commentator Geoffrey Nunberg provided a linguist's perspective on the obscenity debate on NPR's Fresh Air One suggestion that he makes (tongue in cheek) is that efforts to limit or ban the use of obscenities are good because they keep the meaning of the words obscene.

If an obscenity is accepted into common use, then we've lost a word whose use has to power to shock and make people take notice. When I was a kid, my grandmother wouldn't even let me say "darn" around her because of its derivation. Now , it's everywhere.

If we loose the obscenities that we have now, where is the next generation coming from?
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 11:45 AM

Die Hard 2 has that beat, changing his final words to the bad guys to "Yipee-kayay, mister falcon!" The first time I saw it, I hadn't seen it uncut, and was seriously wracking my brain trying to figure out who mister falcon was.

On other thing: even if you don't like Scarface, rent the dvd. There's an absolutely hilarious bonus feature where they show how it's censored for tv.
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 6:37 PM

Didn't that version of Romeo and Juliet show a plain-as-day shot of Romeo's ass?


And the briefest glimpse of his dick, too. So, of course, we watched this in my eighth-grade English class. Take that, censors!
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 7:38 PM

I'm so sad I missed the dick shot. Seriously. I'm crying a river. No sarcasm or anything. :(!
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Posted Mar 19, 2004 @ 11:32 PM

There was a dick shot? How did I miss that?

The ass shot was long as hell, though. It must have lasted about a minute.
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Posted Mar 20, 2004 @ 4:38 AM

Channel 4 recently showed this as one of its promotional campaigns over here in the UK and I'm really surprised no-ones complained (there's usually some response to the c-word on television.) Seeing Adam Brody swearing totally made it up for me though!!
(link contains a lot of swearing btw)
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Posted Mar 20, 2004 @ 2:17 PM

Eh, it wasn't anything to get excited over and was entirely unintentional. I think it was the end of the never-ending ass shot, but I could be wrong. I haven't seen Romeo and Juliet since eighth grade, so the memory's a little hazy.
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Posted Mar 20, 2004 @ 4:32 PM

Channel 4 recently showed this as one of its promotional campaigns over here in the UK and I'm really surprised no-ones complained (there's usually some response to the c-word on television.)


Did they actually show that on TV? From what I'd read, it was only supposed to be an advertisement shown in movie theaters, although they hadn't actually been able to get any theaters to agree to show it.
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Posted Mar 20, 2004 @ 11:39 PM

Okay - the pilot of the SciFi Law show of Century City dealt with a case involving a future where a child's sexual preference can be predetermined resulting in many parents not having gay children. According to many reviewers it was a boring, pedantic episode, which may explain why CBS chose to use a different ep for the premeire. OTOH, a widely syndicated gay critic said, "The ending really tugs at the heartstrings, especially for gay viewers who have had conflicts with their families over this topic. Those who have had positive coming-out experiences might even shed a tear or two."

Then CBS decided to give this episode an extra special screening on Saturday night. Special schedule. Of a show which just premiered on a weekday last week. Where it just happened to be pre-empted in most markets by college basketball coverage.

I have no proof of network intentions, as there's been no discussion, aside from a few critic's speculation. IMO CBS got cold feet and decided to self-censor before anyone noticed (it is the network that freaked over the Reagans). IMO, it was a bit counter-intuitive. Century is a ratings longshot and I doubt this one plot in an ep with several would affect the ratings either way. SF fans aren't homophobes anyway. As far as can tell no one was protesting this show. Is it just me, or is this a really weird bit of censorship?
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Posted Mar 21, 2004 @ 7:59 PM

"And the briefest glimpse of his dick, too. So, of course, we watched this in my eighth-grade English class. Take that, censors!"

I remember that. And Mercutio flipping up the Nurse's skirt and crying, "A sail! A sail."

I guess they didn't have sexual harassment laws in Verona.

A couple of months ago, a channel showed the viewer-friendly version of Austin Powers. Before the commercial cut back to the show there was a warning about sexual content. Just that one time. The offending scene - I think - was when Fat Bastard was in bed with Felicity Shagwell and she had to plant the honing device on him. Yet, prior to the scene where the shadow on the tent made it look as if she was pulling items out of Austin's butt, there was no warning. Go figure.
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Posted Mar 25, 2004 @ 12:51 AM

I'm pissed. On AI last night, Amy Adams sang a helluva good rendition of the Dixie Chicks song "Sin Wagon." I'm assuming the censors made her f- up one of my favorite parts - she changed "mattress dancin'" to "crazy dancin'" which totally sucks, not to mention changes the meaning completely, IMO.
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Posted Mar 25, 2004 @ 1:18 AM

The hell? What prudes.
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Posted Mar 28, 2004 @ 6:39 PM

Not sure if this is considered a censorship moment, but it sure improves on blurring out a company's name to avoid free publicity on TV.

While channel surfing this afternoon, I came across a cheesy Lifetime flick called "Student Seduction" that starred Elizabeth Berkley of Saved by the Bell fame. She went to a search engine that was clearly supposed to be Google, but instead, it was called Riddle. In the same Google font and everything. And the catch phrase right after the logo was "It's no mystery...we can find anything!" How very cheesy!
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Posted Apr 2, 2004 @ 6:48 PM

I saw a promo for this Sunday's The Simpsons, and they blurred Homer's butt!

Do they do that for cartoons too now? I always recalled The Simpsons being pretty liberal with that.
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Posted Apr 2, 2004 @ 8:23 PM

That's pretty weird. It might have just been for the promo, because they've never had a problem with it in the actual show. I can think of a few instances of cartoon butt being shown.
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Posted Apr 3, 2004 @ 3:17 PM

What is really weird about that is that I just saw a pull-ups commercial where they showed REAL butt - on a two year old as he was running through the house after pulling off his diaper. I know that two year olds really do that and it's usually funny when you're in the house, but with all of the hype about pedophiles and child porn, I was surprised to see it on tv. (I know it wasn't pornography, but supposedly any image like that is enough to "rile up" a pedophile.)
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Posted Apr 3, 2004 @ 4:15 PM

I was a little surprised too. I didn't think I should be, but I was.
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Posted Apr 3, 2004 @ 4:56 PM

I don't think that there is really great concern when it is just the baby's botom. Their little tushies are shown all the time in wipes commercials. The main concern is showing anything frontal.
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Posted Apr 3, 2004 @ 6:15 PM

I saw the Simpsons promo, too. Really, I want to know what kind of depravity and sexual lust would be caused by Homer's asscrack. Seriously.
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