So I was just watching a music video on youtube, and MTV had totally butchered Eminems "the way I am". Shit, prick and even drug names had been cencored out! Not to talk about the word ****.
That's very weird to me, because in Sweden we simply don't have that, even for children (there are no cursewords on children's TV though). Maybe that's because we don't have as many words that are really that bad, I dunno. A word is after all only what you make it into, so if people chose to be less "offended" (most over used word EVER in my oppinion). But, I mean if they say ****, "****" or "shit" (the last btw is hardly even considered cursing in Sweden). On a record, aimed primarly for children, the singer could say cock/prick (whichever is worse, it's "kuk" in Swedish) without it being cencored.
Speaking of eminem, read on wikipedia that in a text there was a mention of a for year old with a slit throat. The reason for cencoring that even in the album version was "because child murder is offensive to parents". That sentence for some reason really cracks me up!
Not at all saying I'm against this, it's simply a different culture where companies are held responsible in a wider degree. I'm just really so unfamilliar with it now that I really think about it.
So, basically I wonder: What is your take on this curse word-business? For? against? Is it just me or does f*** look and sound like a way more bad word than "****"? I'd love for you guys to come with some sort of analysis/argument/explanation.
EDIT: Oh, holy crappola, this forum edit's away f-u-c-k!!! Seriously, what's the difference between writing f*** and writing the actual word; it still materealizes in the reader's head! I guess it's a standard forum setting to avoid too rude posts like mine