Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 25, 2013

RAY DAY: Profanity expands on TV

— It has been said we will one day be subject to hearing the constant barrage of dirty words while watching our televisions and listening to radios — much more than we hear already.

It is said the Federal Communications Commission is about to authorize the use of whatever language the media want in movies, news shows and children’s shows that even today are bad for our youngsters to hear.

Where is the thought in this authorization and, really, who is behind it?

Today we watch television and, even though it might be a great movie, it is laced with profanity. It is my own opinion that even though we have freedom of speech here in America, there has to be a limit to what can be transmitted over our airwaves to homes where good-mannered people try to live as proper humans instead of dirty-talking lamebrains.

Our cable stations are not worth the outrageous costs.

Recently two new stations were added: Cozi, channel 433, and INSP, channel 298. Hallmark has some good, clean shows, but recently we were sitting there and a few dirty words were blasted into our ears. What has happened to our society where we cannot watch a show without fear of having to turn it off due to dirty words in the presentation?

As you read this, you are probably asking, why not just change the channel or turn off the television, Uncle Ray? Well, I now realize no one needs to use bad language to get a point across. I don’t need to see nudity on the screen, either. Yes, in my younger days, I did cuss some, and I did look at things I would not look at today. I am the same person but with a different mission in life. Our airways need to be cleaned up and our movies need to be put on a shelf until they can be done away with.

How long has it been since you have seen a good movie without having to block out what is said and shown on the screen? Really, I am about ready to put up an antenna and just watch the local stations. Look at channel 4, and you will see shows that just are not good for our youngsters to see. Back in my day, channel 4 was a great station to watch sports and good educational shows.

And while I am at it, I want to say that from watching some of the ads on TV, the people running the ads must think we are idiots. They tell about a medicine and get you about ready to check into it and then, as they close, they tell you that it might make you sicker than you are and could result in death. My goodness, let the doctors and the people at the drug stores tell you what you need.

I know that advertising helps pay the bills, but there are some things like medicine and lawyers seen every day that need to be taken off and good ads put on.

Personally, the only ads I pay attention to are the ones in our newspapers and magazines, where you have the opportunity to read the fine print. Have you ever noticed how small and how short a time the fine print is on TV?

Well, I thought I would just get it off my chest and, as one of my readers says, “tell it like it is.” Again we have no need to listen to more vulgarity than we have already.

By the way, I recorded a section of a show just so I could read the fine print, and you should try that before making up your mind about the medicines. Sort of saves the kicking later on.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.