I don’t watch Good Morning, America. I couldn’t tell you what channel it’s on, what time it’s on, or who hosts it. And the answer to that is because I do not care.
When I wake up in the morning, I want to do one of two things:
1) Go back to sleep.
2) Kill somebody.
I am not a morning person. It takes all of my inner strength to make it out of my bed and into the shower without murdering somebody in the morning. So the absolute last thing I want to do after waking up is put on Good Morning, America. And I seriously mean that. If I took the time to compile a list of all the things I want to do in the morning, and I included every possible act a human being can undertake, then “watching Good Morning, America” would be at the very bottom of that list.
But anyway, the purpose of these daytime talk shows is to let celebrities plug their projects. Good Morning, America recently had Tom Hanks on as a guest. While he was spewing his b.s. with whoever the host it, he let the “f-bomb” slip.
The reaction of Hanks and the ugly host is absolutely hysterical to me. They’re acting as if he just made the most heinous and inconceivable statement known to mankind. They acted as if he said something like, “All African-Americans should be lined up and shot.” Or as if he said something like, “I think Japan needs to get Hiroshima’d again.”
But he did not say that. He accidentally let the “f-word” slip. And that is all.
I honestly don’t know where to begin. I guess I can start by saying that I am so desensitized to swearing and foul language that it didn’t even occur to me that Tom Hanks said anything wrong. I’m 25 now, and I am over a decade past the age when parents still actively try to shield their kids from “foul language.”
I quote foul language because what the heck is wrong with these words? Why is “fuck” such a malicious word?
The answer is because we teach our kids that it is. If a kid happened to be watching Good Morning, America, and he or she watched Tom Hanks say the f-word, and if nobody reacted, then the kid would not even think twice about it. Not for a second.
But since they both reacted the way they did, and even going as far as apologizing for it, that kid will become curious as to what the word means. They will ask their parents about it, and they’ll possibly drop it at school when he or she is with their friends. And voila, just like that, the kid has learned the word.
Kids are ignorant. That’s the beauty of being a kid. So by shielding them from certain words, we instill the notion that they are “bad” words. It’s a stupid cycle.
If I am ever a father, I won’t actively swear in front of my kids. But if one slips in passing, I’m not going to preach to my son or daughter that I just said something reprehensible. I will try as hard as I possibly can to set a positive example for my children, however, I think there are much, much, more important things to teach them in life than about swearing every now and then.
Maybe in the 1950s, this was more acceptable within families. That was during the early days of TV, when programs like Father Knows Best was the hit show (see picture.) But now we have the Internet. We have Twitter. We have Showtime and HBO. To act like kids aren’t being exposed to “bad words” in this day and age is beyond naive. And that is why I was so taken aback when I saw that reaction on Good Morning, America.
Additionally, parents let their children play video games where it’s commonplace to shoot and kill people. They buy them toy guns. They have fights with their spouses in front of them. How is that not worse?
And somebody please tell me what the difference is between uttering an actual swear word, or abbreviating it to something like the “f-word,” or the “c-word,” or the n-word.”
When you abbreviate it, the word that still registers in my head is the word that you actually mean to say. When you say the “f-word,” my brain registers the word “fuck.” Therefore, I’m the one that is saying it instead of you. So how about, in the future, we drop the subtext and say what we want to say? Is that so hard?
Enrique Iglesias should never of had to rename his song to “Tonight I’m Loving You” so that it could get radio play.
Plus there’s no way that the uncensored version of that song isn’t Tom Hanks’s ringtone.
We can download the song on iTunes, we can sing it to our friends, but god forbid Enrique ever sang it live on Good Morning, America. How would the youth of our nation react?!