Fighting Unnecessary Censorship, ‘Kay?

16 July 2007

I love swearing. I have done as much as I can remember. I’m not sure why, I just do. And it always annoys me when I see certain “offending” letters in words obliterated by the presence of asterisks – I am an adult and should be able to deal with the words undiluted in a serious newspaper or magazine. On an episode of Sesame Street, maybe not so, but for anything written for adults by adults, we shouldn’t be so squeamish. Anyway, I was overjoyed when David over at Ironic Sans produced an Uncensor The Internet Greasemonkey script that removes such silly bowdlerisations, checking for certain regular expressions for censored words, and replacing them with the real thing.

Alas, I’ve found the script can be just a little too zealous at times. Take the current BBC News front page, which features a story about Gordon Ramsay‘s celebrity suckup/belittling of kitchen juniors fest, The F Word. The rest of the world sees it as:

Ramsay pre-Greasemonkey

Whereas, with Uncensor The Internet running, I get the very different:

Ramsay post-Greasemonkey

The terrible thing is, I’m not sure what’s better. After all, the very title of the programme is all a bit “tee hee, naughty word” and Carry On about the whole affair, smirking behind innuendo. To call the programme Fuck outright would, at least, get rid of that nonsense and allow us to move on and away from the schoolyard. And better still, once we call a television show Fuck, well it’s only one step away from getting the show we would all really like to see on the TV schedules, complete with uncensored title, at long last.


One Response

Of course, to call the programme “Fuck” would also lose the joke that in this case the F word is ‘actually’ “Food”.

But calling it “Fuck” has an undeniable appeal. Too many Channel 4 programmes should really be called “Shit”, let’s face it.