Last night CNN Headline News’ “Prime News” invited me back to discuss the title of a new CBS sitcom debuting this fall: “$#*! My Dad Says”. Yes, there’s a curse word in the title, but it will be bleeped and censored. The show is based on the super popular Twitter account and best-selling book (the former which doesn’t sensor the word). William Shatner will play the father, and by all accounts, it looks hilarious.
However, The Parents Television Council does not find the title so funny… instead, more offensive to families nationwide. So, in typical PTC fashion, the non-profit released a statement to the press condemning the show, and is appearing on television screens to talk about how appalled they are, blah blah blah.
I sparred last night with PTC President Tim Winter on the subject. I don’t think this is an issue: the curse word is not a “hate word” – like say, the n-word or f-word. It’s censored and bleeped. Most importantly, it’s a free country – you don’t like it? Turn the channel.
Besides, I’m more concerned with other $#*!… you know, like the $#*! that is pouring in to the Gulf, or the bull$#*! we’re getting from BP about it…