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TV Profanity On The Rise

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The Parents Television Council is NOT happy about everything the rise of profanity on TV.

Today, they released their first study of the year, titled A Habitat for Profanity: Broadcast TV's Sharp Increase in Foul Language, which shows a 69.3% increase in profanity from 2005 to 2010.

Here's what PTC President Tim Winter had to say about it:

“Our analysis of the first two weeks of this still-new fall television season shows a disturbing trend that shocked even us. Profanity is far more frequent and the profanity itself is far harsher than just five years ago. Even worse, the most egregious language is being aired during the time slots when children are most likely to be in the audience."

Here are some other findings from the PTC:

Use of the bleeped or muted f-words increased from 11 instances total in 2005 to 276 instances in 2010 – an increase of 2,409%.

Use of the bleeped or muted s-word increased from 11 instances in 2005 to 95 instances in 2010 – an increase of 763%.

During the family hour, instances of the f-word increased from 10 in 2005 to 111 in 2010. Use of the s-word during the family hour increased from 11 instances in 2005 to 42 in 2010.

Out of all the networks, Fox is the biggest culprit, with a 269% increase of profanity usage per hour across all prime-time hours. No statement has been released from Fox yet but they'll probs just tell the PTC to go $@&% themselves.

All right, so people curse on TV more than they used to! At least profanity is better than violence!

What do U think? Are we cursing on TV too much, or are the PTC just being a pain in the @$$?

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30 comments to “TV Profanity On The Rise”

  1. 1

    FUCK the parents television council! They probably dont like the rise in gays & non whites in tv either…

  2. 2

    All people use profanity. If you don't like it - don't watch it! (or listen)

  3. 3

    So f***in what. They should get over it. They are just words :)

  4. 4

    It may seem like a small thing, but increased use of profanity is an indication of a decrease in common courtesy, which in turn is an indication of a society in decline. Treating each other with respect is essential to a cohesive society. We are losing that unity and instead take every opportunity to abuse each other - we even find it entertaining.

  5. 5

    The word "shit" was an everyday word used by my parents and I've been watching freddy kruger since i was 7. I'm an able bodied, responsible adult who goes to work everyday and pays all my bills (all the while, blogging away on this shit site for some reason……). Meanwhile, my cousin wasn't allowed to watch the simpsons or beavis and butthead and he's a total failure in life………
    maybe the "PTC" needs to make their children go outside and play instead of propping them in front of a television. Then there wouldn't be such a high chance of them hearing such horrible words.

  6. AniaM says – reply to this


    The PTC is just being an annoying pain in the ass. I bet they'd get angry if they saw more people eating unhealthy rather than to show TV characters get healthy.

    These morons lost all credibility by now.

  7. 7

    I think the statistics are just plain sad. I know I'm tired of listening to profanity. It's incredibly unintelligent. As for "…profanity is better than violence!" Did you really just make that argument Perez? Ugh.

  8. 8

    Re: April 20th – Your post sounds just like me…
    I'm happy that I can watch FX shows and hear the word "shit" instead of "shoot" and I'm also glad that shows are choosing to say "fuck" and beep it out instead of using the word "fudge".
    Why are they so uptight? I bet they protested Sunday night's Desperate Housewives, because two men were kissing.

  9. 9

    LOL … dumbest sentence I have ever heard:
    "At least profanity is better than violence!" … its like saying murder has raised 64% and an idiot says at least murder is better than mass murder.
    What an idiot LOL.

  10. 10

    It is not necessary to have so much profanity on television. Not everyone uses it even if we do hear it all the time. Last week the word dick was said 4 times in the first 10 minutes of Vampire Diaries. It's unnecessary.

  11. 11

    Seriously, the shows in which there is swearing are not shows which kids should be watching. So what is the big deal?

  12. 6one9 says – reply to this


    Who “ FUCKING “ cares? Everyone cusses “` including kids! That's LIFE“` Suck it up!!

  13. 13

    Yet another organization that has a stick up their asses about anything and everything.
    These are the same people that shelter their kids so much, that when those kids grow up, they rebel in the worst possible ways.

  14. 14

    seriously, who cares about profanity. its a big deal because people make it a big deal. they're just words. lighten up.

  15. 15

    RAISE YOUR OWN FUCKING KIDS! How about reading them a book instead of sitting them in front of the TV if you're so god damn concerned?

  16. 16

    they are just words! we as a society have put the taboo on them? they are all just a group of letters. our society is so ass backwards! plus kids are going to hear about it somewhere else anyways. maybe some people are just too damn old to remember what they learned from other kids on the playground and such. sheltering kids from this will not make it go away, and imo it is just a cop out from having to parent your kid. i'm a parent and if i don't want my kid to see that stuff, i don't watch it! these shows DO say what the rating is, and as a grown adult we should be able to comprehend what it means!

  17. 17

    IDK what rock these Carol Bradys have been living under but, WAKE UP, society as a whole are cursing MUCH more than ppl want to admit. Its the world we live in now. MUCH MUCH BETTER than seeing someones head chopped off. Not cool for little kids to swear but, I feel if parents teach their kids well, regardless of what they hear on TV or at school, the kids shoulndt be swearing. Leave that to us grown-ups.

  18. 18

    USA land of the free huh? glad I don't live there

  19. 19

    There is way too much cursing on television. it's getting pretty ridiculous. Yes, normal people do curse, but even it subconsciously leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. With the overabundance of horrific scriptwriting and lack of creativity in movies and television, it isn't too farfetched that people gravitate toward using profanity to get their point across. It doesn't take too much intelligence to write a line with profanity in it. However, it is a lot harder to write a line that can make people genuinely laugh or think.

  20. 20

    Just a little more proof of DEVO's theory of de-evolution. Mankind is turning back into monkeys.

  21. 21

    The PTC can blow me. Remember the 1990s? We were at a great level then. All of a sudden we have Bush, and all these conservatives, and take a giant leap backward. Now we're finally moving forward again, and here they come like a giant rampaging herd of prudes. Fuck you, PTC.

  22. 22

    Maybe for the older audience this isn't a issue that we mind or care that we might hear a few more curse words on televison. For the families that have younger children at home this is more an issue for them.
    Most parents do not want their children picking up these words and repeating them. Television has become more casual with vocabulary that even an innocent show might slip something in.
    I don't think that they need change what the shows creators are allowed to say in there script, but maybe give the opition for an advice through the cable network that allows the parent to use to filter out the un-needed language for there children.
    There is technology (TVGuardian) out there that allows it. That way for those who don't mind it doesn't affect them, and those have impressional little ones at home feel better. And everyone in the long run is happy.

  23. 23

    This is America! if you don't want to watch profanity turn it the fuck off! some people do, and they turn it on. See the pattern you dumb ass PTC

  24. 24

    The PTC is a bunch of holier-than-thou knuckleheads who want to suck the fun out of everything. *pause* But they're right on this. TV, much like grade-school kids, thinks that swearing makes it cool and hip. All it does is prove that the writers don't want to work hard enough to create product without visiting the George Carlin library.

  25. 25

    i'm hoping by that by 2020 we can say fuck on tv.

  26. 26

    Around 80% of that increase came from 1 place. Family Guy. God love'em.
    I do agree with the idea that commonplace cursing generally shows a lack of disrespect, but it also shows a dumbing down. How many times do people pepper their sentences with the word "like" and finish everything they say with "you know what I'm saying". No I don't know and I don't, like, even kinda care.
    And for a detailed analysis of the ratings board, see the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". Lots of nudity and swearing, but in a smart way. It also takes a deeper look at the way ratings holds back smaller budget, homosexually themed and risque films.

  27. 27

    The PTC is making a big deal out of nothing. Children hear "bad" words as soon as they start in school. I heard my first curse words in a catholic school. I agree that profanity on tv is on the rise,,but that is how the real world works, so get used to it.

  28. 28

    you know. they have parental control settings on cable boxes for a reason. quit ya bitchin, and set your cable boxes, PTC. Damn.

  29. 29

    so is nudity, sex, sexism, misogyny, racism, etc etc etc
    those problems are far worse

  30. 30

    You may think profanity is not as bad as violence, thats your opinion Perez. However, I have a two year old son, and we go to severe extremities to watch our language around him. Yes, I am not perfect, and adult words DO come out of my mouth, but me and my husband try extremely hard to refrain from saying these words in front of our son. In my son's age bracket, the children are like sponges, soaking up everything ppl say or do. Just about a month ago My mother and I got into it because my son told her "Granny, Shut up", she ranted and raved how I needed to watch what I say around him. Now mind you I have never told my son to shut up, but I do admit to telling it to my husband ALOT! LOL. However, I can turn on my tv, and hear the word bitch 10 times in one 30min program. The repercussions for my child, should he go to pre school and call someone a bitch, would be termendous, not to mention my own parenting skills would be questioned by his teachers. I DO NOT want ppl thinking my family uses word like this freely, because as I said we go to great lengths NOT to. I feel profanity IS just as bad a violence. There are other words that can be used in place of the ass,bitch,shit. Try butt, Mean girl, Poo-poo. There is no reason these words HAVE to be used, and I do think it is a problem and does need to be addressed.