Call me old fashioned on this one, but I’m hopeful that the dismissal of President Trump’s communications director this week following a profanity-laced interview with a national reporter is a sign that decency can still prevail.
We can mince words about what’s offensive and what isn’t. But I don’t hear anyone saying that Anthony Scaramucci’s comments were harmless and trivial.
We’ve been going down this road with our language for decades. Words will sneak into our public conversations and become so common that they’re considered acceptable language before you know it. And I don’t mind calling out our own network on this topic. It’s hard to find a television show these days that doesn’t have some type of foul language that you didn’t hear a few years ago.
But we don’t have to like it, accept it or continue to participate. Let’s hope Scaramucci’s departure draws a line in the sand that we can agree we just won’t cross.
That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me (preferably without curse words) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
Thank you! Great stand on the travesty that has crass words ( and I believe crass actions) creeping into our lives. Civility needs champions!
I agree that the media has been spreading vulgarity, by broadening their own acceptance and that it is expressed, in all of its many venues. Like you, I do not appreciate people using the "f" bomb, to get attention. It has long been known, that those using that type of unpleasant rhetoric are often at a loss for using a more appropriate word, or expression.
The major effect, of this exposure to unseemly language, is that people become inured to its potential and do not even recognize that they are speaking in a vulgar and offensive manner. Sufficient repetition leads to greater ignorance and a blindness to recognize that they should be offended.
Unfortunately, we cannot count on our elected officials, to add to your search for those who would be willing to indicate their displeasure. After all, the President has had no difficulty being rude, arrogant and in some cases, using off-colored remarks. He is the person our children should be impressed and mimicking; we can only hope that these young people have parents who will "set the record straight".
Thank you, Mr. McNair, for trying to do just that and I hope that there are many people who responded to your concern, by expressing their own.
I’ve never listened to one of WECT station manager’s aired editorials that I did not agree with, and I admire the man. Tonight was no exception.
Our youngsters are so ever more being exposed not only to extreme vulgarities, but in addition so many abuses of the English language. MOST young folks age 35 or younger cannot even put a few sentences together with a “like.” I wish it did not, but it drives me up a wall.
Yes indeed. I've watched over the years as words such as GD (abbreviation) have become acceptable on late night tv or even prime time. That is unacceptable in my opinion always no matter what time of day and blasphemous as well. Let's set a better example for our children and squash this behavior before we become numb to it.
If you think any part of Mr. Scaramucci's arrival or departure is a sign for optimism you are a very rare person.
Scaramucci was hired despite the objections of Trump's Chief of Staff seemingly due to his ability to shamelessly effuse praise and to indulge Trump with a catfight among grovelers.
This administration is asleep at the wheel when it comes to almost every issue that most American's care about and this entire thing is a horrible omen.
If you are simple enough to think that decency is on the ups because some guy who says **** and **** got fired, I don't know what to tell you. Part of me is jealous and part of me thinks the blame for this whole thing is because of folks like you that have a bizarre definition of decency.
I totally agree with your opinion on foul language. Just like other areas of our society, the use of profanity is becoming more acceptable. People don't seem to realize that that their language tells a great deal about them as a person. Thanks for calling them out.
Kudos to you for taking a stand on this vulgarity issue. The many years that I spent working on commercial boats is surpassed only by the number of years that I have worked in automotive repair. I know these words that have become commonplace and many more besides but I work very hard not to use them, and I definitely do not allow them into my home. The result is that we have only antenna’s for our TV’s and we watch select Netflix programs. Interestingly most of those programs are produced by BBC, Canadian Broadcast, and Australian Broadcast. We actually prefer reading to listening to today’s popular filth. Our position has cost us several friends as well.
Call us crazy; many people do!
Gary-- You are 100% correct that Scaramucci should have been dismissed for his language and inappropriate operating style. Now, do you also agree that the Democratic National Committee should dismiss Tom Perez for his inappropriate language?
Thanks for your stand on vulgar language on tv as well as in society. Keep up the good work!
I am in full agreement with your segment on the use of foul language BUT what you forgot to mention is that our president thinks he is immune to this standard when speaking about women.
I agree fully with your comments on healthcare as a right. But here's a tip: You said: "Many think it is the government’s responsibility." Think how much more powerful it would have been to say, "Many think the taxpayers pay for their healthcare." When speaking or writing about government benefits and entitlements, substitute the word "taxpayers" for "government." For example, instead of "Many liberals think the government should pay for the healthcare of illegal immigrants" say or write "Many liberals think the taxpayers should pay for the healthcare of illegal immigrants." Small change, but "government" is pretty remote. "Taxpayer" is closer to home, at least for the 51% of us who pay federal income taxes. So it's more persuasive.