Americans have been treated to public profanity a number of times in recent years. Most notably this involved then-Vice President Joe Biden caught telling Barack Obama on national TV that his signing of ObamaCare was “a big f****** deal.”
As it turned out, of course, ObamaCare became a big f*****-up deal, as have Republican efforts this year to repeal that piece of, uh, paper.
Last year candidate Donald Trump let go some swear words on-stage. Supporters saw this as speaking truth to those a******* in power. Those g****** reporters feigned shock.
Then, out came an old audio tape of Trump crudely advising a TV host you can just grab women by the p-word. Since his public apology, Trump seems to have cleansed his public palate.
But also since then, some shell-shocked Democrats have tried to show their faux authenticity by picking up the public cursing habit. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, among others, have demonstrated their linguistic liberation, mainly with the f-word.
But, turns out, they probably should be careful.
A new Harris Poll has revealed that Americans are growing pretty g***** tired of all this f****** cursing, at least those paying a nice chunk of change to be entertained in a movie theater.
Scriptwriters typically intend bad words to emphasize a character’s emotional intensity, as do lazy speakers in private conversations. But those words have really become so common they strike many as mere verbal crutches for bad actors and a sign of their weak f****** vocabularies.
The most offensive swear words, the Hollywood Reporter reports, are taking the name of Jesus Christ in vain. A third of respondents said they’d completely avoid a movie if they knew that was in there. A close second was g****** with f*** right behind.
It’s no f****** surprise that Republicans are more repulsed by swearing than are Democrats; 45% of them dislike the f-word in movies against only 25% of D***. More women (37%) are bothered by that than men (26%).
Younger people seem less bothered by cinematic cursing than seniors. In fact, more than half of those over 72 would skip a film with f*** and g****** in it. I said, MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE OVER 72 WOULD SKIP A MOVIE WITH F*** OR G****** IN IT.
Evangelicals appear the most sensitive to movie cursing. Seventy-four percent would not pay to see a movie using f*** while 90% would avoid a film using Jesus Christ in vain. Evangelicals were also bothered by s***, d**n, h***, p*** and c**p.
The poll was commissioned by filmmaker Spencer Folmar, director of “Generational Sins.” Folmar said the data helped him better understand the audience, adding, “We may create an alternate version for those who want to enjoy the story without all the language that comes naturally to our characters.”
That could create one version of “Generational Sins” with a PG-13 rating and another rated NFW (No F****** Way).