Last night Gwyneth Paltrow called her grandmother a c**t on live TV. During an interview to promote her new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, Gwyneth and Chelsea got to swapping family tales. They discovered that they both called their grandmothers “mutti”, the German for “mummy”. Lately admitted “My mutti was a real bitch.” Gwyneth, seemingly without thinking shot back “My mutti was a real c***.”
The SMH reports:
“Paltrow, married to Coldplay star Chris Martin, explained to Handler that her grandmother “just hated my guts, basically”.
“She tried to poison my mother against me, but it didn’t work, because I have a great mother,” she said.
“She was tough. You look back and you think she must not have been very happy and she must’ve had a lot of pain because she was mean as hell.”
Do you swear in public? Do you find it offensive when people swear at work or on TV? Mamamia regular, Bern Morley writes:
“A couple of years ago, after putting the toddler down for a nap, I found myself sitting on the couch and settling in for some mind numbing daytime television. After a bit of flicking, I came across a nondescript midday movie. That’s when I heard some Z grade actor politely tell her husband to “Go fuck himself”. Huh? Isn’t it like, 12:30? In the day? 30 minutes ago I was watching Iggle Piggle dance around like a nonce on the ABC. Um, what in the fuck bloomin heck just happened?
Fast forward two years and there I was again, sitting on my backside, during the day, watching the Oscars, when Melissa Leo, in her acceptance speech, dropped this: “When I watched Kate Winslet two years ago it looked so fucking easy.” Clearly Channel Nine either a) wasn’t using their delay and dump button, or b) didn’t give a flying feck and figured they’d use daytime television for the free for all it clearly was.
Is swearing on TV, or in real life ever acceptable? Well, it’s a hard call. My idea of socially acceptable swearing may be completely different to yours. But how does a television network or general society moderate what is OK?
For instance, I still to this day, do not understand the American system of censorship. I mean where do they draw their line at what is allowed? They’ve been known to bleep out the word arsehole, let the word ‘Fuck’ slide and then pixelate some guy’s bumcrack. Who the hell is making these calls as to what is offensive?
The thing about swearing, I believe, is the context in which it is used. Just swearing to swear is never OK and quite frankly, just makes the one with their mouth open look like an uneducated Bogan. Yet, use the ever popular four letter F word correctly, and it certainly gets the point across like no other word in the land. For instance to describe the following situations, you could for instance, use: