10 June 2010 - 1:57pm | posted by | 8 comments

Public don’t give a f**k about swearing

Public don’t give a f**k about swearingPublic don’t give a f**k about swearing

Media regulator Ofcom yesterday reported a softening in the attitudes of media consumers in what they were prepared to tolerate in regards to mild swearing and offensive language in broadcasts.

The watchdog, which is responsible for policing taste and decency on the airwaves, has established a “barometer of potentially offensive terms” to help staff deal with complaints from the public.

A list of words which once attracted complaints, including “mental”, “lezza”, “Jesus Christ”, “poof”, “queers”, “nutter” and “loony”, have all been placed in the least offensive “socially acceptable” category.

Based on a series of one-to-one interviews held in Glasgow, Birmingham, Belfast, London, Cardiff and Slough, the research also found that those taking part were relaxed about hearing “bitch”, “wanker” and “shit” after 9pm, and in some cases before the watershed, while the C-word attracted very few complaints if used after the 9pm.

Concern has been expressed by campaigners concerned with mental illness and homosexuality over the normalisation of some abusive terms, with Marjorie Wallace of mental health charity Sane commenting: “These sorts of words often betray fear and ignorance rather than lack of sympathy”.

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10 Jun 2010 - 15:07
chris_loukes's picture

Who are these campaigners?

Effin barmy puffs.

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10 Jun 2010 - 17:22
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Thats a fucking great read

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Anonymous (not verified)
10 Jun 2010 - 18:49
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It's 'you're' not 'your' you stupid fucking cunt.

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Anonymous (not verified)
11 Jun 2010 - 09:48
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Got to be a catagory in the Chip shops next year. Best use of proper langauge. I will enter that fucker

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Anonymous (not verified)
11 Jun 2010 - 10:53
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What twaddle!

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Anonymous (not verified)
11 Jun 2010 - 11:08
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That just about sums up the average Drum comment, not much in the way of originality here then...

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Anonymous (not verified)
11 Jun 2010 - 11:15
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Pretty sad really 11:08...

I noticed our regular 'offensive' poster has had his/her comments zapped again?

Good on the Drum for keeping a close eye!

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13 Jun 2010 - 14:43
mark_gorman's picture

That's ruddy good news. Thank fuck for that.

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