When I was on the writing staff of “NYPD Blue,” we could use the word asshole in dialogue. And we did it every episode. We also could use the word dickhead and even douchebag.
But never, ever could a character say goddamn.
By the standards of primetime broadcast television – and I don’t think this has changed since the 1990s – the word goddamn is considered profoundly offensive to many Americans.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann need to check themselves.
Last week, Matthews berated a town-hall protestor thusly: “You’re carrying a goddamned gun at a Presidential event!”
And tonight, Olbermann referred to “one of those goddamned ‘water-the-tree-of-liberty’ T-shirts.”
Matthews at least was caught up in a moment, whereas Olbermann taking God’s name in vain seemed deliberate. Telepromptered even.
I know it’s too much to expect either of those jackasses to apologize for their unprofessionalism. Can’t imagine they regret the offense they might’ve caused to viewers who don’t wanna hear that kind of language on a “news” channel.
But shit, dudes... if you can’t roll with the commandments, at least try to remember the main hustler’s rule: Don’t blow your cool.