By Frank Lewis
I have been thinking about this for quite some time now, and have taken my time because I like to look at things in the light of day. I have done that, and I am sorry to report, it still looks the same. I am going to preface this by saying you don’t have to join me. You don’t even have to have the same opinion. After all, we all have different beliefs and standards.
Having said that, I am proud to announce that I am forming a one-man “beep boycott.” I am tired of watching reality TV shows loaded with beeps. Nearly every time you hear a beep on one of those reality shows, it means they are deleting a certain word, known as the “f” bomb.
When I was growing up, it was a word that was absolutely taboo, because there were still some things that were considered disrespectful. Now the very people we were attempting to prevent from having to listen to it, are using it themselves. Frankly, I think we have become so desensitized to that word and the constant use of it, that we hardly notice it anymore. However, there are times that because the word is used so much, you literally have no idea what the sentence was.
I heard a program with a bunch of women all talking and arguing at the same time, and all used that word so much that it sounded like - “beep, I don’t care what the beep she says. It’s her beeping fault. I’m tired of the entire beeping drama, and I beeping don’t need it.” That was one of the nicer sentences.
I am going to adopt the two-beep system. If some program is on and I hear two beeps, I will turn to something else, or turn the TV off. Believe it or not, there is nothing that is so entertaining that I have to put up with language I don’t want to listen to.
The truth is there is only one reality show that I know will never have that word uttered, and it does not surprise me that a lot of people watch it. I won’t get into what the show is because I’m not in the business of promoting TV shows. But it does prove that there is a large audience of people who like clean programming, and that is encouraging.
Again, I respect the views of people who don’t mind hearing that word scores of times in a half hour. It is simply a matter of taste, and that is why we are all different. But if you have similar sentiments as I do, and would like to join the beep boycott, you are welcome. Maybe if enough people stop watching those shows, they might get the message.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.