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The F-Word

<p>This afternoon I popped on the telly (sorry, I have <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/bbcamerica.jsp">BBC America</a> on, and just watched &#8220;<a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/genre/comedy_games/the_office/the_office.jsp">The Office</a>&#8221;) and as it turns out, Channel Eleven was running &#8220;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095953/">Rain Man</a>&#8221;.  This movie is a classic example of carriage.  Dustin Hoffman is just so spectacularly good, you willingly submit to yet another bad performance by Tom Cruise so you can watch Dustin do his thing.  But that&#8217;s not the point.  </p>

<p>The reason for my post here tonight is that during the movie I was shocked and appalled to discover that a new word has entered the television networks&#8217; Forever Banned Inappropriate Word Because We Said So (FBIWBWSO) List.</p>

<p>The word that has been deemed censorship material?  Fart.</p>

<p>Yeah, fart.  That embarrassing release of internal gas, usually accompanied by a sound, but almost always including a foul odor.  It&#8217;s perfectly normal, yet extremely humorous (and as far as I can tell, harmless).  You&#8217;d think that Warner Brother&#8217;s Channel Eleven would want to play up every single motherfucking humorous second of airtime they beam out to the masses, since most of it sucks ass.  </p>

<p>But no, they have decided that the word &#8220;fart&#8221; is right up there with &#8220;god damned&#8221; on the List of Words That Corrupt Kids (LWTCK).  Interestingly, the words &#8220;tits&#8221;, &#8220;ass&#8221; and &#8220;bitch&#8221; are not on the list, and rape scenes and various other misogynistic scenes and references also seem to be A-OK with the censors working the WB.  </p>

<p>Hmmm.</p>

<p>Specifically, I am talking about the scene in the phone booth, when Cruise is on the phone and he and Hoffman are stuck in the phone booth.  In the movie, Hoffman farts and says &#8220;uh oh, fart&#8230;&#8221;  It&#8217;s a great scene.</p>

<p>Today, as I anticipated said scene I was treated to a (really bad) overdub of Hoffman saying &#8221;(oh I just passed gas)&#8221;, followed by Cruise saying &#8220;Did you just (pass)?  I can&#8217;t believe you (passed)!&#8221;</p>

<p>Folks, It&#8217;s bad enough to watch Tom Cruise speak good material.  To watch him move his lips to bad overdubs, all in an attempt to shield America&#8217;s youth from the fucking f-word&#8212;which, according to Warner Brothers&#8217; idiotic censors is: fart&#8212;is appalling.  Absolutely appalling.  What the fart is this country coming to?</p>