Entertainment Industry: Offensive America

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Offensive America Have you ever been watching a television show and suddenly something peculiar catches your attention; a word, phrase, or an action made by a character on the show? You’re almost taken aback by the thought of directors and producers putting such language or vulgarity during prime time television. How am I supposed to watch Scandal and talk with my mother about what happened in the previous episode when all that happened was that the President of the United States is having an affair with a woman who is not his wife? Don’t get me wrong, I love having a guilty pleasure show to watch, but when I’m talking about who’s sleeping with who with my mother, that’s where I draw the line. The Federal Communications Commission and the Parents Television Council are working to clean up the television programs that exceed some people’s expectations when it comes to inappropriate language and vulgarity (McCain Nelson) i.e. Two and a Half Men, Scandal, Mixology, and others that share similar characteristics as these shows: vulgar language with sexual innuendos throughout the entire programming. In 2012, The Washington Times (DC) got a quote from Angus T. Jones, co-star of the hit (and very rough) prime-time T.V. show “Two and a Half Men,” saying that “you cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” and that how over the 10 year time span of the show and the jokes and innuendos have not let up one bit (Gainor 3). Gainor goes on to tell us that it’s not just the media’s fault for making entertainment so raunchy and disturbing; it’s what the audience wants. People constantly complain about how “filthy” television shows have gotten, but every week they choose to watch these shows and give them support... ... middle of paper ... ...ington Times, The (DC) (2012): 3. Newspaper Source. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Kaye, Barbara K., and Barry S. Sapolsky. "Watch Your Mouth! An Analysis Of Profanity Uttered By Children On Prime--Time Television." Mass Communication & Society 7.4 (2004): 429-452. SocINDEX with Full Text. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Lampman, Claudia, et al. "Messages About Sex In The Workplace: A Content Analysis Of Primetime Television." Sexuality & Culture 6.4 (2002): 3. Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Linnett, Richard. "Families Uncomfortable With TV Content, Study Says." Electronic Media 19.36 (2000): 36. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. McCain Nelson, Colleen. "Networks Are Rebelling Against Mom And Dad." Dallas Morning News, The (TX) (2005): Newspaper Source. Web. 20 Apr. 2014 Telecommunications Act of 1996, Public Law 104-014, 110 U.S. Statutes at Large 89 (1996). .

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