I'm thrilled that William Shatner is going to be in the new series based on the Twitter phenomenon where a guy, living with his dad, just writes down the verbage that comes out of his mouth. It started with Twitter. I picked up on it via Facebook. Then it was a book that was published, which my son bought for Marty for Father's Day. Now it's a CBS TV show for the new Fall season. They could just have William Shatner reading from the Twitter postings and it would be fine with me.
The funny part is the fact that the actual title is "Shit My Dad Says." So, being a TV network that isn't HBO or Showtime, they can't say the first word of the real title. So they have those little #*&%# symbols that stand for the fact that someone is swearing. That sucks. Seriously, HBO should have done this one, because the actual quotes from the dad, with the profanity intact works much better. If you're a follower, you know what I mean. If you don't follow this guy, go find it and do it right now. Click here to link and enjoy. You'll laugh your ass off. Plus, who NEVER says that word? Seriously? Even my sainted late mother who came up with cutesy little "almost" swear words such as son of a biscuit, or hell's bells, occasionally used that one. Why is poop, crap, and other descriptive words for the same thing okay, and not shit? Like the late great George Carlin said, "In TV today, you can say "I pricked my finger, but you can't say it the other way around." I know, the subject has been explored to death, and after everyone was shocked and awed by Janet Jackson's nipple at the Superbowl, and Bono's expletive at the American Music Awards (or some awards thing that I didn't watch...but have heard about ad nausium) we've had to edit songs that have been played forever in their original form. I get calls about this all the time. Silly really.
Anyway, back to the #@!*$ My Dad Says.....The casting and the promo for the show look really good, I just wish they could say all the words we are used to reading from the guy. Can't you just hear those lovely expletives rolling off The Shat's tongue? Click here for the link to a preview of the show.
There's all kinds of thoughts on profanity and swearing and I'll close with some great quotes about the subject.
"When angry count to four. When very angry, swear."-Mark Twain
"Many a man's profanity saved him from a nervous breakdown."-Henry Haskins
"All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity."-Gordie Howe
With the recent FCC ruling, you wouldn't (now) be in trouble for playing a Monty Python skit on the air!
Oh Heather, you remember that little Cheese Shop incident! Yeah, I could have sworn it didn't have that word in it. It sure was funny though.
Looking forward to the day when we can play unedited versions of the songs we all know and love. Maybe someday.