CBS announced earlier this year that they were going to take the Twitter feed titled “Sh-t My Dad Says” and turn it into a sitcom. Besides the fact that a Twitter feed being turned into a full-blown show– something with people, a script, plotlines, etc.– seems like a really misguided idea, and despite the fact that William Shatner’s onboard to play the titular father, the Parents Television Council (who we last ran into when they were untangling the wad their panties had been bunched into after a particularly gross Family Guy episode) are none too happy about CBS’ decision to air a show with a bad word in the title. As far as they’re concerned, Sh-t My Dad Says may just be the latest sign that the Apocalypse is headed our way. Keep on reading for the details, my gentle Examiner readers….
If you haven’t been following the timeline for Sh-t My Dad Says, here’s the story thus far: a Twitter feed was started with the same name, and was basically a steady stream of bizarre, absurd, and/or foolish things that had been said by the author’s dad. The feed became popular, so of course one of the networks decided to step up to the plate and turn it into a show (because the last time someone gave that a shot– with the Geico cavemen– it really set the world on fire). William Shatner took the titular role, CBS greenlit the pilot, and lately they’ve been claiming that the title would stay the same…but the first word would be bleeped.
No, seriously, this has all been happening lately.
Well, now this is happening (via Deadline Hollywood):
LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2010) – The Parents Television Council denounced CBS for choosing to insert an expletive into the name of its new show, “$#*! My Dad Says,” scheduled to air at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Thursdays in the fall. “CBS intentionally chose to insert an expletive into the actual name of a show, and, despite its claim that the word will be bleeped, it is just CBS’ latest demonstration of its contempt for families and the public. There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “The title of this show is the opposite of fleeting (profanity) – it is bold, shameless, and in-your-face. There is incredible irony that CBS made this announcement the same day that it submitted its legal brief before the Third Circuit Court declaring that there was no mens rea to air an indecent Super Bowl broadcast.”
Sigh. The Parents Television Council seems to exist solely to poop all over everyone’s collective party, don’t they? Over on FX, every third word out of the mouths of characters on It’s Always Sunny or Rescue Me is the “S-word”, yet they’re going to have a meltdown over a sitcom title that features those four letters? Is sh-t even really considered a swear word anymore? Why are the people at the PTC so damn grumpy?
What do you guys think? Does the PTC have a point, or should they be worrying about something else (for instance, their laundry, or getting those errands run, or counting cracks in a nearby sidewalk)? Sound off in the comments section below, my precious snowflakes: we wanna hear what you have to say about this one! And, while you’re here, why not do the right thing and take a moment to check out some of these other recent articles from the Comedy Examiner’s Office (you know, if you’ve not already hit the “Subscribe” button up top)? Here they are, in all their glory:
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