The Vulgar ‘Modern Family’
Posted on 01.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:30 pm

Hollywood plans to send a sad but true statement next week about the vulgar realities of today’s modern family. ABC will air an episode of “Modern Family” about a 2-1/2-year-old toddler who says the dirtiest of dirty words.

“We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we’ve all been through this,” the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, said in defending the storyline.

Levitan’s explanation stretches credibility. His latest envelope-pushing plot is more a case of crude Hollywood social engineers trying to shove society further down the road of immorality than “entertainment” reflecting a norm. But he’s not too far ahead of the reality curve.

I’ve documented America’s seemingly perpetual slide into the pit of profanity on this blog:

Too many people think it’s cool, creative and comical to cuss. There is almost no circumstance where uttering a bad word is considered a bad thing. In that atmosphere, it is inevitable that men like Levitan will see how far they can go to make their black mark on society.

I wish Simon Cowell’s attitude held more sway in Hollywood and reality. He is determined to produce family entertainment free of swearing.

But when it comes to language, George Carlin is the hero. His admirers won’t rest until everyone from toddlers to grannies utter all seven of his dirty words (and then some) with reckless abandon at home, in school, on the job and across the airwaves.

Filed under: Culture and Entertainment and Parenting and People and Religion


  1. “we’ve all been through it” - I haven’t - none of my kids ever spoke that way in front of me - probably because they didn’t get a diet of it from their parents.

    Comment by Bill Kammerer — January 11, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  2. I’m with you, Bill. I didn’t live through it as a child in my parents’ home, and our children aren’t living through it because we don’t talk that way. We also home-school and use TVGuardian to filter as many profanities as possible out of their lives.

    They’ll hear them soon enough, but hopefully by then they’ll know better than to imitate their peers and adopt the crassness of their culture.

    Comment by K. Daniel Glover — January 11, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  3. [...] thought came to me as I read an article about how coarse our discourse has become. People are cursing so much that government officials feel compelled to punish it: [Middleborough, Mass., Police Chief Bruce [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » The United States Of Profanity — June 11, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  4. [...] h-word is “extremely mild cursing” in today’s United States of Profanity, where no cussing is too vulgar and no venue is taboo from trashy [...]

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