The Future Of Swearing, Part 2: In Which A 2 Year-Old On “Modern Family” Curses
Didn’t mean to time my post about “The Future of Swearing” this well, but let’s go with it. Last night’s much-anticipated Modern Family featured little Lily, just 2 years old, appearing to curse. ABC bleeped out the word, which wasn’t “fuck,” it was “fudge.”
Media shitstorms commenced. Ratings, we’ll see today, jumped. And, as always, a new academic voice emerged to tell us why this might all be a good sign for our species.
Can we celebrate the awesomeness of mainstream media, for a second? Two outstandingly funny angles:
First, propped up by Yahoo!, Timothy Jay, a professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, actually argues that swearing is evidence of our evolution: “A lot of people don’t realize that swearing represents an evolutionary leap, in that it allows us to be verbally aggressive without being physically aggressive,” Jay said. Yikes, Dr. Jay.
Next, the Associated Press managed to dig up 17 year-old McKay Hatch (awesome name!), who founded an “Anti-Cussing Club” in 2007 (when he was 14!). “Our main goal is to stop this from happening,” said Hatch. “If we don’t, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don’t want to have a 2-year-old saying the ‘F-bomb’ on TV.” Pure genius.
Lastly, in a sign of the intelligent design of the universe, just last week, the Supreme Court took up the issue of profanity on network TV. Good God.
Without further ado, here are the pirated clips of last night’s Modern Family scenes in question:
Clip 3 (the best)
The future of this shit might be closer than we fuckin’ think, bitches.