Pussy. Shit. Tit. All rude words of varying degrees of rudeness, all words sung by John Travolta in the song "Greased Lightin'" from the (s)hit musical "Grease". I've got no problem with this, I love swearing. Effing love it. I've not even got a problem with the fact that these words were sung at just after 4pm on a Bank Holiday Monday. Hell, I wish more programmes had swearing in them at that time. The problem I've got is the inconsistency of broadcasters who make cuts to movies or TV shows. I'm watching an episode of Friends right now on E4, the same channel that showed Danny Zucko swearing up a shit storm earlier this afternoon, and they've just cut out a joke. I know they've cut out a joke because the audience was mid raucous laughter after an edit that stopped the flow of the programme like a dam. I've probably seen this exact episode at least 10 times and can pretty much guarantee that Phoebe doesn't say "Cunt".
Sometimes, it's not even swearing, it's acts of violence. Like yesterday, ITV1 showed "The Incredible Hulk", a film where the main character turns into a big frigging green giant who smashes anything in his path to bits whenever he gets angry. So, Hulk kicks Tim Roth square in the chest and he hits a tree with a bone crunching thud, which I know happens because I've seen the film before. Except that's not what happened yesterday on ITV1. The Hulk went to kick Tim Roth and then Tim Roth fells to the floor, covered in blood, forty feet away. I know what happened but my girlfriend didn't have a clue. I guess it probably wouldn't have been as bad if it was done during a musical number.
I'm no prude and I've never complained to OFCOM before but next time "Grease" is on I'm going to. I'm going to because I want people to see a picture of me in a right wing tabloid next to the headline "Freak Is The Word: Mary Whitehouse wannabe complains about lyrics in classic musical". Then I'm going to point out that everyone seems to have forgotten they kicked up a fuss when James Naughtie said "Jeremy Cunt". But I guess if he sung it, it would have probably been okay.