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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Egypt bans SNL Arabia over "sexual expressions"
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
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.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
George Stephanopoulos criticizes his ABC bosses for censoring “sh*thole”
“We’re not reporting the word right now, I think that’s probably a mistake,” Stephanopoulos said on Good Morning America. “I don’t think it’s right to censor the president or to sugarcoat the racist sentiment revealed by how he used that word in the meeting.” While other networks have used the word in their reporting, ABC World News Tonight instead said President Trump used “a profanity we won’t repeat.” ALSO: Watch Pauly Shore reenact Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s CNN interview.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Censor or don't censor? Networks grapple with Trump's reported use of profanity at WH meeting
Following in the lead of The Washington Post, which broke the “sh*thole” story and put it in their lead headlines uncensored, various media outlets published Trump’s reported remark without censorship. MSNBC used the profanity, while Fox News censored it. CNN varied between allowing "sh*thole" and censoring it. Lester Holt used it, warning at the top of NBC Nightly News that “this may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers,” while his ABC World News Tonight counterpart David Muir described President Trump “using a profanity we won’t repeat.” UPDATE: Trump denies saying "sh*thole."
- Stephen Colbert’s “sh*tholes” were bleeped by CBS
- Jimmy Kimmel showed a montage of Wolf Blitzer saying “s-hole” instead of "sh*thole"
- The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah said “sh*thole" uncensored," but Comedy Central’s website opted to use asterisks
- Don Lemon tells his CNN viewers: "The president of the United States is racist”
- Anderson Cooper fought back tears as he defended Haiti against Trump’s “sh*thole” remark
- BBC Radio 4 allowed use of “sh*thole” — “a word I never thought I would utter on the BBC,” tweeted BBC’s Nick Bryant
TOPICS: CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Wolf Blitzer, Cable News, Censorship, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
How much did The CW have to censor Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's “First Penis I Saw” song?
Rachel Bloom admits The CW censors initially had some issues with the song. “Yeah,” she says. “The one thing they focused on was — it used to be, ‘And then he took my hand….’ But that was too graphic so we said, ‘and taught me all about the first penis.’ I mean, fine.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Watch the “uncensored” trailer for cop comedy No Activity from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
The Funny or Die series starring Tim Meadows drops on CBS All Access on Nov. 12.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 5:48PM EDT
Watch Hillary Clinton utter a profanity on The Graham Norton Show
The former presidential candidate uttered the S-word on the BBC talk show while recalling how she and husband Bill Clinton tried to avoid going to Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
Don’t expect too much nudity or profanity on Star Trek Discovery
The CBS All Access series will be able to air without censorship, but that doesn’t mean the show will indulge in adult content. “Every writer’s impulse when you get to work on the streaming shows is to go crazy,” says exec producer Aaron Harberts. “But how does nudity play on Trek? Eh, it feels weird. We’re trying to push more by having complicated, messed-up characters who aren’t necessarily embraced on broadcast TV.”