MSN reports that a two-year-old character on tonight’s episode of “Modern Family” is going to say the F-word, much to her TV parents’ chagrin.
In real life, however, the actress who plays Lily will say “fudge,” reports MSN, and then ABC will bleep it out to make it look like she said the other F-word. And that makes the head of the No Cussing Club bleeping mad. Reports MSN:
“Our main goal is to stop this from happening,” said McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007. “If we don’t, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don’t want to have a 2-year-old saying the ‘F-bomb’ on TV.”
ABC maintains, however, that the storyline is true to life. Toddlers mimic what they hear, and these days, there’s plenty of cussing to hear.
During the 30 minutes I walked through the mall to the Gap and back to my car over the holidays, I overheard the F-word used as an adjective, a verb and a noun in various conversations among people of all ages and social standings.
Was I offended? F–k, no. Just annoyed that our society has cheapened the value of a well-placed curse word. If you use it every other sentence, it loses it punch.
Will I be offended when little Lily says it on “Modern Family?” No, and not because I’ll be watching “American Idol” instead. Rather, I know that Lily is probably just repeating what she heard in the mall.
If the No Cussing Club really wants to make a difference, they should hang out in front of the Gap. There’s plenty of, er, fudge there.
What do you think? Should ABC let a toddler curse on TV?