I was just watching *The Daily Show * and they ran a commercial for Little Miss Sunshine. They showed the scene where Duane runs out of the van and is screaming. I’m pretty sure what he was screaming was “FUUUUCK!” Yet it was aired on Comedy Central, where I thought there was no swearing, or at least no dropping the F-bomb.
Why is this allowed? I mean, I think it’s great. I love the word fuck and think all these bogus prohibitions against swearing on TV are silly, but I thought the FCC was hardcore lately about this. I also wonder about why, on the radio, The Who’s “Who Are You?” never has bleeped out the line, “Who the fuck are you?” when they bleep out other instances of the word in other songs.
I’ve never seen the film, but taking a look at the ad, the character appears to be shouting something which could be typed out as “foo-waah-hoo-waah,” which could either be the start of the word “fuck” or mindless screaming. But he doesn’t say the whole word in the ad.
And Comedy Central does air movies and stand-up uncut as part of the “Secret Stash.” Although the FCC doesn’t police cable networks, they usually bleep language during the day 'cause kids might be watching. (Comedy Central’s ads for a roast of Dennis Leary a few years ago bleeped the word “asshole” during the day but said it at night. The same ruleage was used when Jon Stewart interviewed the author of On Bullshit.)
I’ve wondered that myself. I can only guess that, at first, it was allowed as the vocals at the time Daltry says that line are somewhat diminished (the instruments are driving the song) as compared to more recent music where the vocals are upfront and more prominant (the vocalist is driving the song).
I heard a DJ on the radio explain it thusly: They bleep it out if it involves sex, a body part or a body function. Example: They would bleep out asshole, but not bleep out ass-clown or ass-bag. Since in the Who song it is not used as one of the three no-nos, it does not have to be bleeped. That is also why some stations don’t bother editing “Money” by Pink Floyd.