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Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Ed Asner, who famously played newspaper editor Lou Grant, slams Marco Rubio's complaint over F-word use in Annapolis shooting coverage
"The fact that people are seriously questioning the use of a word after watching 5 colleagues die in extreme violence underscores that we have some f*cked up people in this country," tweeted the 88-year-old former Lou Grant star, without naming the U.S. senator. Rubio tweeted a complaint about the F-word use, apparently after hearing the profanity uncensored on CNN.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Marco Rubio expresses outrage that CNN aired a pre-taped uncensored F-word as part of its newspaper shooting coverage
"Sign of our times... the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???" the U.S. senator tweeted this morning, apparently in reaction to CNN's decision not to censor Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a Capital Gazette newspaper shooting survivor. Rubio's comment was immediately met with ridicule on Twitter, including by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, who tweeted: "Dear Senator Marco Rubio: I agree with you that using the F word without asterisks should not be routine. But perhaps you should be concerned about the F*cking evil situation of thousands of children ripped away from their parents by our government. Who made that decision???" ALSO: Tom Brokaw calls for a "new crusade" against gun violence after "our dear friend carl hiaasen lost his brother" in Annapolis newspaper shooting
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
David Simon lashes out at President Trump while tweeting that two friends are "unaccounted for" in Capital Gazette newspaper shooting
The Wire creator was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun prior to working in television. The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed today, is owned by the The Sun. In response to the shooting, Simon lashed out at Trump for calling the press the "enemy of the people." Simon told one Twitter user who urged him to stop blaming Trump, "Two of my friends are still unaccounted for because they were working in that newsroom as 'enemies of the people' according to this US president." One of those friends was assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, whom Simon later learned died in today's shooting. Simon tweeted of Hiaasen: "Husband, father of three, careful reporter and editor. Committed, lifelong newspaperman and journalist. Fine, wonderful soul." ALSO: CNN decided not to censor the F-word in Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a shooting witness.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
HBO shows are still available in China, but HBO.com and Last Week Tonight are blocked
Following John Oliver's mockery of President Xi Jinping and his Chinese censorship, HBO's website and Oliver's show were banned, as well as Oliver's name on the social media platform Weibo. But HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld are still accessible via Tenecent's streaming platform. HBOAsia is also still accessible.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
HBO is now blocked in China following John Oliver's segment on Chinese censorship
Source: New York Daily News
All mentions of Oliver's name were removed in the wake of Last Week Tonight's segment that mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. Now HBO.com is 100% inaccessible to Chinese users.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
John Oliver is now censored in China after mocking Chinese censorship
Source: The New York Times
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, Oliver spent 20 minutes delving into Chinese censorship, even bringing up the censorship of Winnie the Pooh because President Xi Jinping's critics have likened him to the cartoon character. Oliver even had kids sing about the resemblance, which Slate predicted "will surely be banned in China." According to the The New York Times, Oliver's name has been censored on the major social media platform Weibo. "Attempts to create posts containing the words 'John Oliver' on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, resulted in an error message on Thursday saying the post may violate 'rules and regulations,'" reports The Times' Tiffany May from Hong Kong "Quite a few posts mentioning Mr. Oliver were visible on the platform, but none referred to the China episode, and the most recent had been posted a few days before it aired."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Robert De Niro twice yelled "F*ck Trump" at the Tonys, which was met with CBS censorship
Source: The Daily Beast
According to The Daily Beast, "frenzied viewers wondering 'WHAT DID ROBERT DE NIRO SAY???' promptly flooded Twitter, and thankfully a handful of reporters in the audience obliged." Several reporters explained what De Niro and the context in which he said it. Another reporter pointed out that the profanity was aired uncensored on the Australian feed. Even though The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg called it an "Amazing live TV moment," the Tonys were aired on brief delay on CBS throughout much of the country and on a three-hour delay on the West Coast. De Niro was the only presenter to bash President Trump on stage at the ceremony.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Samantha Bee strikes a defiant tone in apologizing on Full Frontal for her C-word controversy
Bee addressed the brouhaha over calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" at the top of her TBS show Wednesday night, saying she's used the C-word many times on her show because she's "hoping to reclaim it. This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line, I regret it and I do apologize for that." She added: "The problem is, that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of thelr lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed. They want it gone. And, I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz. Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that." Bee said she hates that the C-word overshadowed her message about immigrants in detention being separated from their children. "I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy," she said, adding: "I’m really sorry that I said that word. But, you know what? Civility is just nice words, maybe we should all worry little bit more about the niceness of our actions."
- Bee also introduced four stoic men in suits as "our mandatory censors who will be with us from now on"
- Seth Meyers weighs in on Bee's C-word controversy: "I think anybody who said things like that, there would have been a reaction. We love reacting."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
The View had to censor Kathy Griffin when she said of President Trump, "F*ck him"
"I’m here. I’m alive. I’m just glad to be alive,” Griffin said this morning. “By the way, I take the apology back. F*ck him.”
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
FCC received 162 indecency complaints over uncensored news coverage of President Trump's "sh*thole countries" comment
CNN's uncensored use of "sh*thole" led to the most complaints, even though the FCC can't punish the cable news network for using the profanity.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Bob Costas is definitely missed during these Winter Olympics
Source: Los Angeles Times
"Props to the affable Mike Tirico, who is being fast-tracked into NBC's No.1 sports role," says Chris Erskine. "But he is proof that you can be the consummate pro and still come up lacking in certain respects." Erskine says it's the Olympics where the greats are made, especially in the broadcast booth. "Costas was always himself — brash, knowledgeable, poised, with an appreciation for the moment," says Erskine. "No one, not even the whip-smart Howard Cosell, was faster on his feet in live interviews. Sadly, Costas will probably best be remembered not so much for the decades of first-class sportscasting, but for a stubborn case of pink eye that struck during the Games in Sochi, Russia, and became the talk of the nation."
- Gus Kenworthy getting a kiss from his boyfriend was an NBC Olympics first
- NBC Sports boss: We're down 6%, but we're "through the roof" in streaming numbers
- French ice dancer's breast was exposed on NBC
- Scott Hamilton on learning NBC was demoting him: “There was a sadness for about 10 minutes"
- Why do Winter Olympics commentators use "women" or "ladies"?
- Leslie Jones, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir made a Beyoncé-inspired video
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Egypt bans SNL Arabia over "sexual expressions"
Source: The Daily Star
The Arab world version of Saturday Night Live, which follows the exact same format of the NBC version, was accused by Egypt's Supreme Media Regulatory Council of showing inappropriate "sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,"
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Syfy and USA are letting the F-bombs fly
It’s not unusual to hear the word “f*ck” uncensored on basic cable. But ever since The Magicians premiered its third season last month, the Syfy series has been allowed to say the F-word as often as it wants. “ATTENTION #THEMAGICIANS FANS: Know how we’ve had to dip audio? And you gotta wait for the @netflix version to fully honor the rainbow of ways Penny says “F***CK”?” tweeted co-creator Sera Gamble. “DONE with that. SEASON 3 IS UNCENSORED. Happy f*cking season fucking 3!??”
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Sam Rockwell let an F-bomb slip on SNL, while NBC allowed an uncensored “sh*thole” in certain parts of the country
The accidental F-bomb came when an in-character Rockwell said, “You can’t be this f*cking stupid” during a PBS kids show sketch. Meanwhile on “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost tackled President Trump’s reported “sh*thole” comment, saying: “S-holes – that’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way, even though the president can say sh*thole. Oops.” Apparently both expletives aired uncensored in the Eastern and Central time zones. But in the Pacific and Mountain time zones — where SNL airs live in primetime — they were censored. (Rick Ludwin, the longtime former head of NBC late-night, tweeted: “Have been multiple audio drops in the West Coast #SNL live (but digitally delayed by a few secs) feed, which airs before 10pm.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
Source: The A.V. Club
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.