Entertainment Industry: Offensive America Essay

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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. One example is the wildly popular HBO show “Game of Thrones.” The show is not only very pornographic, but has taken torture and violence scenes to a whole new level showing people getting their heads chopped off along with the blood and gore that comes with it (Gainor 3).
Another major concern with most parents is the kind of language that is coming from children and young adults in the entertainment industry. In the article written by Barbara Kaye and Barry Sapolsky, “Watch Your Mouth! An Analysis of Profanity Uttered by Children on Prime-Time Television,” schools are now implementing policies and rules for the use of vulgar language on the playgrounds because educators say that it is not out of the ordinary that they hear students cussing. But, where did they learn this? Schools say that children bring with them to school what they hear at home and parents are saying that they pick it up at school and in the mass media (Kaye and Sapolsky 431-432). In reality, children pick it up from almost anywhere they are; at home, in school, movies, out in public, etc. A research concluded, “that 52% of PG-rated shows contained words such as "ass," "bastard," "son of a bitch," and "suck,” (Kaye and Sapolsky 343). Parents and...

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