Does the premise of this television show bother you?
Essentially, the 2 year old, Lily, uses the f word, but it is bleeped out.
Funny or inappropriate?
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? An anti-profanity crusader on Tuesday asked ABC to pull this week's "Modern Family" episode in which a toddler appears to use a bleeped curse word.
"Our main goal is to stop this from happening," said McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007. "If we don't, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don't want to have a 2-year-old saying the 'F-bomb' on TV."
"We hope they know better," said Hatch. He's asking his club's members, whom he said number 35,000 in the United States and about three-dozen other countries, to complain to ABC.
ABC has yet to respond, he said Tuesday. The network had no comment, a spokeswoman said.
In the episode titled "Little Bo Bleep" airing 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, 2-year-old Lily shocks parents Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) with her first expletive.
The dads, who are preparing Lily to serve as flower girl in a wedding, now have an added parenting challenge.
The tot is played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who says the word "fudge" during taping. It will be bleeped on the air and her mouth will be obscured by pixilation, and viewers will get the impression that her character used the actual F-word.
Steven Levitan, creator and executive producer of the sitcom with Christopher Lloyd, told the Television Critics Association last week that he's "proud and excited" about the F-word plotline that ABC was persuaded to allow.
"We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we've all been through this," Levitan said to EW.com. "We are not a sexually charged show. It has a very warm tone so people accept it more. I'm sure we'll have some detractors."
The program, which won the Emmy Award for best comedy last fall, was named best musical or comedy series at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.
Hatch, who is from South Pasadena and attends Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho, said he began his anti-profanity club in 2007 when he noticed how rampant cursing was at his school and how it was linked to bullying.
"If kids are accountable for their choices, then adults should be as well," and that includes media, he said.
TV profanity was an issue before the Supreme Court last week, which heard arguments about whether regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast stations is sensible when cable and satellite services offer channels with few restrictions. A decision is expected by late June.
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I think it's just a part of growing up. Sooner or later everyone's child (no matter how protected) is going to say a curse word. I thought our neighbor's boyfriend's name was not Mr. Baxter. From the age of 2 until 9 I called him soemthing that would have been bleeped out. It's not like they are saying it's a good thing, just showing in a humorous light something that happens.
The impression I'm getting from reading this is that a parent oopsed and is attempting to repair the situation. I think that is reality in many families and don't see it as something people should get their panties in a bunch about. I think Hatch is blowing it out of proportion. My kids are right at the age where they repeat absolutely everything or say things that sound like a swear word but meaning something else, so I could totally relate with the scenario.
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I love Modern Family, its my second fav. tv show right now and they can do no wrong.
end of story.
Didn't see it, don't watch it, not troubled by it. Curse words aren't like some holy protected thing around our house. I've even been known to say one myself, sometimes
I love Modern Family! Can't wait to see the episode.
I think McKay Hatch is missing the point. Things happen on tv that can be a topic for discussion for the real families watching. The child says the word Fudge (so no cussing there) and it is edited to give the appearance of a bad word. Then the parents address the situation. Sounds like The Christmas Story from 1983. Kids cuss at some point. Watching how it plays out IRL and on tv helps makes people decide what they will say and it what context later on. (Perhaps they need a disclaimer: No F-bombs were actually detonated in the taping of this episode.)
There is a classic episode of SpongeBob called Sailor Mouth. Patrick and Spongebob us "sentence enhancers" and end up offending everyone at the Krusty Krab. Everyone learns that you shouldn't say certain words whether it be at work, tripping on a rock, or losing at a game.
I remember an epsidoe of Roly Polie Olie on Disney (is that show even on anymore??) that was about the same thing. Olie's little sister says "Dingly Dangly Doodle" which is a curse word on their planet...and Olie's uncle, who oddly enough sounds like Elvis Presley is startled by it and says "uhhh, thats a grown-up word"There is a classic episode of SpongeBob called Sailor Mouth. Patrick and Spongebob us "sentence enhancers" and end up offending everyone at the Krusty Krab. Everyone learns that you shouldn't say certain words whether it be at work, tripping on a rock, or losing at a game.
I have NO idea why that episode of that show sticks in my head so clearly! I cannot tell you about a single other episode of that show and it had to be about 7 years ago that i saw it.
Probably because its funny and I can relate!