Video of The Count from Sesame Street, with all of the counting bleeped out, makes counting sound obscene.
The Count Censored is safe for work, unless it’s not safe for you to ROFLMAO at work.
I just love The Count. I’m a Sesame Street fan from way back. I still like to kick back and put on some Sesame Street Old School and take in some easy lessons brought to me by the letter F and the number two. The Count was cool. He was smart and accessible, he had an accent and dressed funny, and he was going to rock it his way. This video is a classic example of how old Sesame Street used to play to both audiences: the kids, who don’t get the musical references, don’t know who Dracula is, and their parents.
This version of The Count is not for your kids.
Here’s another reason I love The Count: he’s a more badass vampire than what the kids have got today.
But this video. If this is not the most powerful argument for removing all the stupid fucking bleeps that cover expletives on TV and radio, then what the fuck is? I fucking HATE listening to the radio version of anything. Remember “Closer,” by Nine Inch Nails? No reason to even have a radio version. How can you say, “You let me violate you, you let me desecrate you,” out loud, but when it comes to “the F word,” that’s the part we find too obscene to share with children present? Are we that simple-minded about what is irreverent, or sexual, or shocking? The bleeps just mess up the music or the rhythm of the performance (rap and standup comedy both suffer), bowdlerize classic movies (try watching the broadcast version of “Terminator”) and besides, we all know what’s behind them.
Because I don’t hear nothing but “fuck” when it bleeps, and neither will you.
What do you think of the “radio versions” of popular songs? What’s the worst movie to watch on network TV because of the FCC rules? Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that FCC indecency rules are too vague?