Posted by: CeCe | February 24, 2012

Swallowing a camel

Does anyone remember a few years ago, when Janet Jackson had that “wardrobe malfunction” on national TV during the Superbowl, and the outcry that ensued?  And then there’s been all the “controversy” over Nicki Minaj and Adele making “obscene gestures”.  People make such a big deal out of things like profanity and nudity (even though, really, profanity is just words and nudity is perfectly natural and not always sexual), which I’d liken to gnats, and then swallow camels like graphic violence, adultery, and hate speech.  We say there’s no excuse for someone to utter an f-bomb, but if someone wants to cheat on their husband or wife, hey, let’s nominate them to run for president (ahem Newt Gingrich).  If they want to engage in hate speech, let’s buy them a multi-million dollar house (*cough* Pat Robertson).  We do this all the time!

It’s nuts, isn’t it?  How do we justify it?  I don’t understand how it would be acceptable to show the most graphic violence on prime-time TV, yet object to nudity, even when it is not sexual.  For example, when I was living in Europe, at one point I was watching a German TV channel on which an artist was painting a nude subject.  This was shown at about 3 in the afternoon.  Would the FCC ever allow something similar on American TV stations?  Of course not!  We have to protect the children!  But graphic violence is just fine.  Want to show someone getting hacked to death by an ax?  No problem!  Want to show a breast?  Gasp, no!

This, I believe, is the very definition of straining out a gnat but swallowing a camel.  We are a strange culture.



  1. So many good points here! We are truly strange in what we deem to be offensive and yet we show the most ridiculously violent stuff on T.V. shows and such. There was a funny example of it on I think the Daily show….I think the initial “offensive” image showed a nude woman from the back on some T.V. show and went on about how everyone flipped out about it; then they showed a fabulous montage of ridiculously bloody and violent murder scenes from crime shows (all on during prime time of course). Sigh. Definitely the epitome of hypocrisy, double standards, and plain and simple nonsense!

  2. Exactly! I have to wonder why we’re so afraid of the human body unless it’s fully clothed or otherwise censored and getting hacked to pieces.

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. Just to Clarify the whole “Strain a Gnat, Swallow a Camel” reference, for the uninitiated (Which I was before I Googled it):

  4. […] said before in a previous post ( that society has this tendency to strain out a gnat (small disagreements on unimportant issues), […]

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