Why is American TV so prudish??..

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  1. superbot

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    For some reason this occured to me a few days ago whilst I was watching the Ali G interview with the Beckhams from a while back.I couldn't imagine this being aired on mainstream US tv...Why is that?
     
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    As an American now living in the UK, US television is soooo censored primarily due to the Christian fundamentalist right wingers.... honestly.
     
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    No.

    Most parents (even adults) believe network TV should be kept at PG and below, as more and more young kids are watching tv later into the evening.

    However, cable channels from HBO though Out TV (maybe that's Canadian??) provide plenty of r rated content. In Canada, a couple of our children's specialty channels (YTV & Toon) have darker things later in the evening, but still in prime time. I suspect (since we follow the US lead a lot), it's the same in the states.
     
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    I find it amusing that NewsCorp networks like FOX and FX get downright raunchy after 8pm while FNC waives the flag and spews 'Family Values' 27/7. The Big 3 broadcast networks (well, not so big anymore, lets say legacy) are so dependent on advertising dollars that they error on the prudish side, lest the upset the money train. Basic cable has more leeway (and takes more risks) as they have two revenue streams..one from cable royalty fees and second from ads...the first providing the lion share of revenue.
    My brother is with NBC...he has said (so has their SEC filings btw, so im not speaking out of turn) that their cable networks (USA,SciFi,Bravo.MSNBC,etc.) have been the only things keeping the lights on there for a while.

    So...just like everything else here...it boils down to $$$$$$$.
     
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    Far be it from me to defend Christian fundamentalists, but the prudishness of US TV is not all from modern American fundies. It might be more accurate to say that fundies are part of the source of American TV prudishness.

    The tendency for prudishness is more pervasive in American culture and you will find most of the population agreeing that R rated stuff should be relegated to opt-in cable channels and run after prime time.

    I think it simply comes from a much older religious influence such as Puritans and the like and it dates back much farther than the modern fundamentalist movement, which I think dates to the 1920s or so.

    So it is not uncommon for someone who enjoys R-rated movies late at night from opt-in cable channels to be very vehement about not having the same content available on the public airwaves or before 10 PM or so.

    And rather than that being a hypocrisy, it is more of a desire to keep sexual content out of public places regardless of one's own proclivity.

    I am a mainline Christian East Coast flaming liberal, but even I would tend to agree with the notions I just described. I will defend my right to watch whatever I want late at night, but I defer to not having that available on the public airwaves during the day.

    So give me Deadwood, Sopranos, and The Wire at night and Lark Rising To Candelford during the day.

    Fundies, on the other hand, well... there is no accounting for fundies.
     
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    I've always thought it curious why broadcast television can show someone murdered, raped, or beaten within an inch of their life...but boobs and wangs are forbidden.
     
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    Man, those assholes. Adding three hours to a day just to be dicks about anything they find mildly offensive.:tongue:

    But in all seriousness, American TV has a strange type of prudishness. In terms of sex and drugs and whatnot it tends be very reserved, but when it comes to violence, we've got that out the wazzoo. Apparently blood, gore, and violence are all fine and dandy as long as no-one says any naughty words.
     
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    Network TV may be a little shy in some areas; but if you ever watch Night time cartoons. Family Guy, American Dad and the Clevland Show. They have about as much perversion as they can cram into a half hour show.
     
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    it's so fucked up how prude we are as a country. we have a committee whose soul purpose is to censor our media. i understand you, as a parent, may not want your kids to watch a show with tits and that curses a lot, i truly do. however, why should it be ruined for everyone? just don't let your kids watch the shows and listen to the music with the "bad words," which, i'm sure your kids hear worse words at home than will ever be on tv or music.
     
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    i'd actually have to halfway disagree, there is a segment of the population that goes into hysterics every time it sees a woman with a v-cut shirt on, at the same time, you have shows like the new 90210 that is marketed to teens that is more raunchy than softcore porn on showtime. even the ads for the show feature teens in midress caressing each other and kissing each other on the neck. for some reason shows like this fly under the radar and continue to get renewed for new seasons. and the ENTIRE premise of this show is who is sleeping with who that week and the repercussions of who slept with who last week. :confused:
     
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    #11 sargon20, Oct 24, 2010
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    Agreed.

    Hence our well-deserved reputation for hypocrisy abroad: kids are welcome to witness hard-core scenes of dismemberment by way of All-American-Made-In-China chainsaws, but Heaven forbid they found out they were not delivered by a stork.
     
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    It's because American T.V. is a reflection of our society.
     
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    It is and it's a sad commentary on how films get made to please the all-powerful all-secret MPAA. Censorship by any other name.
     
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    That's rich coming from someone who hails from a country that has Ofcom on speed dial.
     
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    That's odd,most of the above posts kinda confirm the premise!!!!!!!!
     
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