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Donald Wildmon: not exactly pissy, but close. What is all the Shit about?

Donald “SpongeBob SquarePants is an Agent of the Homosexual Hordes” Wildmon of the American “War on Christmas!!!” Family Association has issued another action alert to his followers. It seems that, well … oh, h-e-double-toothpicks, I’ll let Wildmon’s words speak for themselves:

File a complaint with the FCC against Fox Network for using the “s” word.

This past Sunday afternoon, Fox network broadcast the NASCAR “Food City 500″ race. During the course of the race, driver Martin Truex, Jr. crashed his car after being bumped by another driver.

Fox network aired a conversation between Truex and his crew chief, Kevin Manion. During the course of the conversation, Manion told his driver, “We missed the set-up today. It (the car) was a piece of s**t.”

Fox had been warned about allowing the “s” word on the air. The network could have used a delay and bleeped the profanity. But they chose not to. The network chose to air the segment live. Millions of viewers, including children, were offended by the crude profanity.

Now, Kevin Manion didn’t say it was a piece of s**t. He said it was a piece of shit.

Shit.

Shit, shit, shit.

Fecal matter. Poop. The veritable log.

Here’s my really simple question. What makes the word “shit” a word of profanity? It’s not covered by good old Exodus Chapter 20, which specifies only that you shouldn’t take the Lord’s name in vain. Fer Chrissake, I just don’t understand how poop is covered under that one.

Help me out here. Why is “shit” on the shitlist for fundamentalist Christians like Donald Wildmon and organizations like American Family Association? I just don’t get it. Is it just that poopies stink? Is it that the likes of Wildmon spend so much time telling us that humans are not just simple animals, that we’re different, that we’re sacred beings, but gosh and crackers we poop like the dogs and the kitty cats and the cane toads and the sperm whales?

Tell me truly. I want the real poop on this one.

10 comments to Donald Wildmon: not exactly pissy, but close. What is all the Shit about?

  • Scott

    I’m confused (quite easily).
    How do you pronounce **?

  • Jim

    Apparently, you pronounce it kind of like “hih”! ;)

  • I don’t have a problem with the word; however, I feel it takes more intelligence to say something more civilized in place of a cuss word. That’s not to say I don’t let the sh-bomb or the f-bomb or what have you slip out every once in a while. I’m only human, as Billy Joel would tell me. (Gene Simmons would say I’m almost human, but that’s another thread for another day…)

    I think the issue is that this word was said on “regular” tv, and that word is not supposed to be said on “regular” tv. That’s why we have “cable/satellite” tv, so people can cuss and swear and walk around buck balled nekkid if they wanna. It’s restricted access, in other words. “Regular” tv is not restricted, per se.

    But on “regular” tv it’s not kosher. Why? ‘Cause it’s free, and anyone can watch it. What’s so bad about not wanting those words said on “regular” tv? It’s not like anyone is censoring people from saying those words. You just have to say it in the appropriate forum.

    Don’t smoke in the non-smoking section, don’t cuss on regular tv. However, I do put most of the blame on FOX for not using a time delay.

  • Jim

    Yeah, OK, I don’t actually use the word myself that often but Kevin, I’m asking about something a bit different. I’m asking WHY “shit” is considered a profane word. It’s a synonym for poo. Poo, as far as I know, has nothing to do with Jesus, God, Satan, or any associated deity or demiurge. So what’s the fundamentalist Christian decision that this word is “profane” based in?

  • Actually, poo DOES has something to do with God, if you subscribe to Christian beliefs. What I mean is, God created us, and he made us to, uh, poop, too. I’m assuming that other religions pretty much feel the same way.

    Why do we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway?

    I dunno why it’s a bad word. I’d like to research the origins, actually. But for now, I’ll have to say- for now- it’s bad ’cause when my mom heard me say it when I was 8, she washed my mouth out with soap.

  • Deborah

    Words related to excrement are treated as taboo by speakers of most languages. I suspect that this is related to a variety of factors. Primarily, defecation and urination remind human beings that we are, in fact, animals. In most cultures throughout the world, activities, concepts and language that blur the distinction between humans and animals are treated as taboo. Secondarily, materials that pose a threat to human health, such as shit, are often treated as taboo. Such taboos often extend beyond physical interaction with said materials to verbal, symbolic or pictorial representations or allusions. Chances are, your grandmother wouldn’t like to see a photo of shit any more than she would like to hear you say the word. Furthermore, I would bet she would even be somewhat uncomfortable were you to use the word ‘poop’ gratuitously. The taboo related to excrement is quite strong in Western cultures.

  • Mike

    Somebody want to enlighten me as to why I should give a third of a fifth of a fuck what Donald Wildmon is ranting about this week? Anyone who listens carefully to what he has to say on just about any topic would conclude that his fixation with excrement leaves anyone who has ever even completed Psych 1A at a community college questioning his sanity. Someone needs to go to his house with a paper bag of dogshit, set it on fire on his porch, and run like hell…he’d probably go into an acute psychotic episode. Naw…probably not a good idea…But, damn, it sounds like it’d be fun…

  • HareTrinity

    You’d be surprised how it turns up in some Eastern folktales though.

  • Tom

    There are no “bad” words in and of themselves. They’re all simply sounds humans make to covey emotion and information. People need to grow the fuck up. (See what i mean?) If you go to your doctor and say “Doc, i can’t shit” or “my shit is like muddy water”, or he may ask you for a “stool sample” which is doc-speak for the same referent. So maybe someone whose Nascar has just crumpled on national tv could say “oh stool” (sounds a bit Irish, doesn’t it?) instead!

  • HareTrinity

    Maybe some “curse words” do work! That’d be interesting.

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