September 17, 2007

Violating Her Sybil Rights?

The words "honesty" and "Hollywood" don't belong in the same sentence for a very good reason. Sally Field, bungling her Emmy acceptance speech and being played off-stage as she went over her allotted time, had her closing comment cut off when she utter "g-d d-mn" on tape-delayed "live" television.

Normally, this would be hardly worth mentioning, as profanity is routinely edited out on these kinds of shows (as it was on at least two other occasions last night) and babbling stars are often played off the stage (as also occurred last night) as they prattle on past their allotted time.

Field, professional that she is, timed a mild anti-war comment to come out prefaced by profanity as she was being played off the stage. According to a quite dishonest L.A. Times Tom O'Neil:

Producers of Sunday's Emmy telecast bleeped best drama actress winner Sally Field in the midst of a controversial acceptance speech attacking U.S. involvement in Iraq.

"If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be any god -" she said when the sound went dead and the camera suddenly turned away from the stage so viewers would be distracted. Chopped off were the words "god-damned wars in the first place."

Filed was not "in the midst" as O'Neil reported, but already over her allotted time as the music came up and she was being played off the stage. Likewise, as Don Surber notes, she was far from being the only celebrity to have their profanity edited out of the show.

Predictably, blogs in the community-based reality such as Think Progress and the aptly-named Crooks and Liars are quick to make the unsupported accusation that this was the result of "censorship" by Fox , and left out the pertinent details that Field was using profanity and already over time when she made her rote comment.

Obviously, these troubling facts aren't relevant to the story they would prefer to tell.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 17, 2007 08:21 AM

...but of course, if MSNBC and C-NBC refuse to run a pro-Iraq-victory ad, that's just fine with the lefties.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: to a lefty, everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others. Orwell would be so proud.

(Hey, CY... how come the comment filter doesn't like C and N right next to each other?)

Posted by: C-C-G at September 17, 2007 09:06 AM


People watch that show?

Posted by: memomachine at September 17, 2007 10:33 AM

I typed in a comment that the guy was a "goddamn moron," and he hasn't posted it.

Posted by: Dan Collins at September 17, 2007 10:54 AM

Facts have never meant much to liberals

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 17, 2007 11:14 AM

Bono used profanity not too long ago at the Golden Globes and the act was not censored or fined. But, you're right: Fox would be worried more about a dirty word than an anti-war comment. That makes sense.

Do you watch much television?

Romano's slip earlier in the evening - now THAT I could buy was due to the profanity.

Posted by: dgbellak at September 17, 2007 04:52 PM

Since what constitutes "facts" seems to be up for debate here, why don't you read someone who has done their research.

Posted by: dgbellak at September 17, 2007 06:56 PM

He's the guy who wouldn't post my comment calling him a "goddamn moron."

Posted by: Dan Collins at September 17, 2007 07:01 PM

Difficult to imagine why. It adds so much to the debate.

Posted by: dgbellak at September 17, 2007 07:04 PM



Posted by: Dan Collins at September 17, 2007 07:26 PM

The several second delay is intended to allow time to censor the expletive. What is less common is that in this case the [bleep] network censored the words that came after the expletive too.

Posted by: buma at September 18, 2007 01:40 AM

buma, you do understand when someone hits the dump button it takes a few seconds to reset, right? That anything said in those few seconds is also cut?

Posted by: buzz at September 18, 2007 09:34 PM