PBS just announced a new policy regarding the editing of curses: between the hours of 6am and 10pm, any and all curse words shall be both BLEEPED and BLURRED.
How dost one blur an expletive? Simple, just look at the guy to the left. He didn't say anything naughty. Nope. No way. I mean, how could he have said anything at all -- the poor man has no mouth. Leave him alone, already.
In addition to pixelating dirty mouths, PBS will now bleep compound curse words in their entirety, such that "mother-bleep-er" will now be heard as "bleeeeeeeeeeeeep." Similarly, "bull-bleep" will now be extended to "bleeeeeep." All of this prolonged bleeping and obscuring-of-the-lips is likely to leave millions of TV viewers across America asking themselves, "what the fuck just happened?"
But PBS stations really must cover their asses (still ok by FCC standards, bitches) during these uncertain times. The new maximum pricetag for an indecency violation would put many public TV stations out of business faster than the NSA can flag your myspace page. Although the feds have waffled on the indecency issue so much that the major broadcast TV networks are kicking and screaming their way to court with first amendment concerns, most stations are opting to play it safe. Helmet, knee pad, elbow pad, shin-guard, neck brace safe.
Over here at WFMU, we've learned to embrace the bleep. Won't you download our bleep?
- Really Red "I Was A Teenage Fuckup" (MP3, radio edit)
- John Denver "Annie's Song" (MP3, radio edit from Scott's 2005 Marathon Premium To Sir, With Love)
- Ex Blank Ex "You're Full of Shit" (MP3, radio edit)
- David Lee Roth's between song banter, from Brian Turner's 2005 Marathon Premium Shut Up and Play, Vol. 2 (real audio, radio edit from an archive of Brian's 2005 Marathon show w/ co-host Mike Lupica)
- Dead Kennedys "Too Drunk To Woo-Hoo" (real audio, radio edit from an archive of the Cosmic Cowboy's show)