Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Swearing and Violence

Sunday afternoon I was flipping through the channels when I landed on SyFy channel and started watching Total Recall, a Schwarzenegger classic.  Something odd struck me about halfway through it, however.  While all of the swearing was blanked out pretty much NONE of the violence was.  Keep in mind this movie has
  • Numerous bullets going directly through people's heads.
  • A guy getting stabbed through a steel plate with some sort of rock drilling machine (and thus dying the most horrible death ever while someone yells at him "SCREW YOU BENNY!!!")
  • Multiple broken necks
  • A guy getting used as a bullet shield
  • Head shaped explosive decimating a group of soldiers
  • A guy getting stabbed in the stomach by a little person prostitute
  • Lab technician getting stabbed in the neck with a wrist restraint
  • Getting a pole SHOVED THROUGH AN EYE SOCKET and OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS HEAD
  • Fire ax to the stomach
  • Arms getting torn off Richter's body, then falling down a elevator shaft (while Quaid yells down the shaft "See you at the party Richter!"  Love that part)
  • Cohaagen suffocating on the surface of Mars while the eyes bug out of his sockets
Have a gander, will you?

And yet every single swear word is bleeped out.  The same thing happens in comic books.  Sentry rips a dude in HALF in the same comic where they use "&@%!$%" for "asshole" and "son of a bitch."



America is a weird place.  The lesson is pretty simple, though....show as much of this as you want:


But don't you dare say the word "dammit" on Syfy!

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