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Old 11-11-2008, 22:14
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(Before I start, Mods if you think that word isn't appropriate to be used in a Thread Title, please do change it! )

I was watching 'Top 40 UK' earlier on 4 Music and Katy Perry's 'Hot 'N' Cold' came on, and the word as mentioned in the title was beeped out..It's not like it's a strong swear word, and I've heard worse on other programmes before the watershed before!

I don't know if Radio stations are censoring it out or not (I have heard it on Radio 1 but didn't take much notice at the time!) but it's Number 7 in the charts at the moment, and the people and target audience of the Top 40 UK show are probably the people who are buying in the first place...meaning they will have heard the uncut version on the CD or download that they've purchased!

So basically, is it really necessary to filter out the word when 1) It's not that bad anyway & 2) You've probably heard the uncut song elsewhere anyway!

I understand the need to censor out stronger words from music videos by the way...
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:16
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It ridiculous they censor the word bitch, everyone knows it. Hell, even the Tracy Beaker feature length special had 'bitch' in it!
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:21
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Well, if they persist with this nonsense it'll at least make Crufts interesting to watch next year
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:21
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whats evern worse kate nash song foundations they eidt out the word bitch every time on the radio and yet pink song just like a pill they leave the word bitch in.


I dont get it?
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:22
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hey richy how ya diddling?
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:30
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Well, if they persist with this nonsense it'll at least make Crufts interesting to watch next year
Good Shout!

whats evern worse kate nash song foundations they eidt out the word bitch every time on the radio and yet pink song just like a pill they leave the word bitch in.


I dont get it?
I was going to mention Kate Nash's song from last year actually but you're right...they never seem to edit every song with the world!

hey richy how ya diddling?
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I'm good thank you! Was just about to pop into the DOND thread!...
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:34
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The TV/Radio stations probablly just buy pre-edited versions of the songs, rather than doing the edit themselves. This means the edit will have been made with the over-sensitive American market in mind.
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:39
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Noticed on some Frasier episodes during the day it is edited and on others it is not.

I don't get why on that song Gay Bar by Electric 7 (I think) they edit out 'Nuclear war' when I've seen it played on tv.
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:48
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'Bitch' was said in an episode of Wizards of Wazerly Place, the Disney channel show...and this was in the afternoon by the way.
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:49
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Actually guys it doesnt work like that. Songs being edited are edited for airplay incase anyone is offended by them. There is no written law for ANY word not being allowed to be broadcast at any time on either television or radio. As i work with music a lot i can assure you that radio stations or TV companies dont ' buy ' edited versions of any songs.

All albums and singles will be sent out as promotional copies or ' promos ' as their sometimes called. If there is any kind of swearing or language that the record label considers offensive, 9 times out of 10 they will only include the 'clean version'. That will be song number 1. Yes the unedited may be on there, as will the instrumental and acapella perhaps, but ultimately radio stations are only gonna play song number 1.

Often with popular artists advance copies will be sent out on CD and vinyl and will only have 1 track on it....the clean track. Its all about the context in which the words are said. I know many songs which feature words like 'knife' or 'gun' or 'balls' and their just dubbed out, with the instrumental continueing to play. Its all dependent on the label and what they think is suitable. If they feel a song can be really successful and needs to have a few edits, they will edit as much as they can to assure it gets airplay.

No television station or radio station will EVER edit any song or music video as the copies they recieve will be versions suitable for airplay. Often at times there will be other versions as i said such as an explicit, instrumental or acapella version but those are more intended for DJs and for use in television programs or adverts etc.
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Old 11-11-2008, 23:00
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On the subject of censoring words, can someone explain why the BBC bleep out the "F" word on 'Have I got News For You" but leaves it in "The Catherine Tate Show" when both shows are post watershed of 9pm
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Old 11-11-2008, 23:03
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Hi Richy
Got to agree mate. It is getting worse as Gareth says they bleep words in one prog and leave them in another
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Old 11-11-2008, 23:40
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I think it just depends on the program and what they think viewers will expect. They dont think people watching Have I Got News For you want to be hearing the f word or any other swear words but with Catherine Tate its part of the act. People expect her to swear and be crude in her programs.
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Old 12-11-2008, 00:10
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I think it just depends on the program and what they think viewers will expect. They dont think people watching Have I Got News For you want to be hearing the f word or any other swear words but with Catherine Tate its part of the act. People expect her to swear and be crude in her programs.
So does using the 'f' word or swearing make a sketch funny? and if some say 'yes', then that is a sad reflection of life today, if you have to rely on being crude and swear words to gain a laugh !
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Old 12-11-2008, 00:19
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As the Nan character in The Catherine Tate Show has the catchphrase "What a f*****g liberty" then the answer is yes.
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Old 12-11-2008, 00:19
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It's not censored when radio one play the song. I was kinda surprised that it wasn't. Not because I think it should be censored but we live in a country where some people will complain about anything, so I thought the bosses at radio one just wouldn't risk it.
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Old 12-11-2008, 00:42
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As the Nan character in The Catherine Tate Show has the catchphrase "What a f*****g liberty" then the answer is yes.
I agree!! I'm not condoning swearing on TV, but come on, it's part of everyday life. As and when used at appropriate times it CAN be funny!
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:03
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I heard they had a field day when Eamon released his ever so polite break up song, a few years ago
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:01
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The BBC have different 'guidelines' depending on whether the programme is a sketch show, like The Catherine Tate Show, or whether it's a panel show like HIGNFY. Scripted swearing is more acceptable than if the BBC leave in strong language on something like HIGNFY. If they leave it in they're being 'irresponsible'.
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:58
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It's not censored when radio one play the song. I was kinda surprised that it wasn't. Not because I think it should be censored but we live in a country where some people will complain about anything, so I thought the bosses at radio one just wouldn't risk it.
Ahh thanks. So why did they censor the word in Kate Nash's Foundations song last year?

Doesn't make sense!
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:25
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It ridiculous they censor the word bitch, everyone knows it. Hell, even the Tracy Beaker feature length special had 'bitch' in it!
LOL! Two character minmum post etc..
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:54
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'Bitch' was said in an episode of Wizards of Wazerly Place, the Disney channel show...and this was in the afternoon by the way.
Wrong.

The word was "bench." Not "bitch."
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:38
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They used to say "bitch" on EastEnders much more regularly in the 80s and 90s but you hardly hear it at all now.

Censorship has gone crazy over the last ten years. Has Mary Whitehouse returned?
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:19
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in the pink song the word bitch gets changed to witch or more bizarrely switch
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:22
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I have met several people who really, swearing aside, can only be described as bitches. It's a fact there is no better word than that to describe them. It's not offensive really is though. It was used heavily by Gladys Pugh in Hi De Hi when she descibed Sylvia. I think it should be left in tact.
I notice that Jeremy Kyle bleeps the word "Slag" out. I thought that was pretty tame too, so that mystifies me also.
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