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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Monday March 06, 2006
07:06 PM

Bitch Bitch Bitch

[ #28897 ]

Dear Log,

«Hundreds of angry emailers accused me, and Hollywood, of trying to promote "the homosexual agenda" by somehow "forcing" them to see a movie they found sexually reprehensible. What those emailers failed to comprehend was that the Oscar voters shared their distaste for it.»

Meanwhile...

«A few things were surprising: We thought this was going to be the Gay Oscars. Instead it was the "Hey, you fearfully ignorant red-state hick-weeds: Hollywood is America's social conscience and history proves that we've always been smarter than you" Oscars. Oscar was being defensive, because Hollywood is tired of being called dirty names by the no-necked monsters hanging around the White House bowling alley. [...]

There wasn't even a particularly plunging neckline in sight -- just ill-fitting, strapless, ace-bandage-type '50s ball gowns. Yet another edict from the brass, I'm sure, which seems to be nostalgically yearning for nice, decent girls like Debbie Boone. Look for gloves and headscarves next year, and some kind of rule against indecent ankle exposure. [...]

I think Hollywood is tacitly endorsing a Good Behavior code that I find frightening. Sure, the entertainment industrial complex recognizes minorities and good causes and champions them -- but it also disallowed the winning song, "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp," from using the word "bitches" in the broadcast. I mean, really. The word "bitch" has been commonplace on prime-time TV since ... when ... "Dynasty"? At the latest?

George Carlin's act in the early '70s listed the Seven Words You Can't Say on TV as "shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits." Not a "bitch" on that list, although it seems to have suddenly been added. Joan Rivers' red-carpet color commentary was distinctly decolorized, at least when it came to blue: Her monologue was bleeped out so often, it had more holes than a document released through the Freedom of Information Act.

This alarms me.

When you allow permissiveness and open-mindedness to devolve, shut down and roll back, it's a slippery slope all the way back to the Stone Age, where pretty soon you won't even be able to swear on TV in a dead language if you want to. »

--Cintra Wilson: "Oscar castrates himself"

The 19th century European term "bourgeois" and the modern US term "conservative" (and its euphemistic adjectives "religious" and "family") are both attempts to denote the same thing: herd behavior, where the imperative is "do not offend Those Who We Must Not Offend". It's not even groupthink, because there's not even a pretense of think in it.

Can I just fast-forward past this decade? This is the worst porn ever.