Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: ABC bleeped the word 'Jesus' from a segment of The View.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: The one thing this tempest in a teapot makes abundantly clear is you can't make everybody happy all of the time. In an ironic twist, an ABC policy meant to ensure the name of Jesus is not used in a profane manner has left many Christians
On a 23 May 2002 episode of The View,
According to ABC spokeswoman Julie Hoover, that usage ran afoul of a particular standard the network adheres to. ABC has no problem with Jesus' name if it is used in a "prayerful and respectful manner," she said. But ABC does not allow Jesus' name to be used in an exclamation.
In an attempt to bend over backwards to not condone what many would have seen as blasphemy, "Jesus" got bleeped. This put yet another group of Christians up in arms over what they perceived as censorship of the holy name. Rather than realizing ABC had been trying to prevent what many would have seen as a misuse of the name, those ranting about censorship fretted that the network was turning its back upon Jesus.
Like I said, some days you can't win for trying.
Certain exclamations of "Jesus!" are clearly less than respectful. (Certainly all those of the "I just hammered my thumb" variety fall into this category.) But what about heartfelt "Thank you, Jesus!" praiseful cries over the cessation of daily
We think ABC was a bit overzealous in snipping the word in this instance, because a "Thank you, Jesus!" exclamation over any manner of non-earth-shaking matters has become a widespread linguistic flourish and does not necessarily signify an instance of blasphemy. On the other hand, had ABC not elided the word, the network would likely have come under fire from a different — if not equally fervent — group of Christians who would have vehemently disagreed with what they would have seen as a slighting usage.
One thing is clear: ABC did not excise the word because they were trying to "get rid" of Jesus. Rather, they were trying to protect the holy name, which is quite a different kettle fish from the one Falwell is trying to stir.
Barbara "bouillibiasse bawl" Mikkelson
Last updated: 15 December 2007
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