Used to be, you only heard “bleeps” on TV when a network aired a movie that had PG language in the original. Lots of series get bleeped now too, because the original, uncensored version is often available elsewhere.
I don’t understand all the upset these words cause, but that’s another issue.
I get it. You don’t want little Timmy to hear grownups swear, and you don’t want delicate Susie to think that people use the awful, awful words on a regular basis.
But are these bleeps helping? When I hear one, I immediately cycle through the Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV to try to figure out what was said. So instead of hearing some frustrated cop say shit, I end up thinking “Did he say shit? Or dickhead? Or was it *gasp* the dreaded f-word”? (A word so awful we have to give it a nickname.)
Bleeps leave the interpretation open to our imaginations, which are far richer than the disallowed words.
I don’t know if anyone offended by these words actually reads this blog, but if you’re out there, tell me what you think. Are the bleeps better? If so, why?