Keeping It Clean and Proper or Manipulative and Tyrannical?
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is saying no to foul language by creating a new law that bans swearing in films and other art forms at public forums. Just think if it was the year 1995, the classic "Friday" film featuring comedian Chris Tucker would not have made the cut.
Looking through a different spectrum, this could be a positive scenario if it somehow trickled into our own society. Who says that suggestive language has to be a part of any comedy, horror, or drama film in order for the film to be considered a proficient work of art? Are we so blinded by a need for expressive disdain that we feel this must be present to express a sincere, passionate thought?
Regardless, in Russia, books, music, and movies that contain suggestive language must be handled differently---almost with care. These items can only be apportioned with a specific package and must have a label stating that the items are obscene. Russia has been on the chopping block in the past for what many Russians see as the dissolution of their freedom. Certainly freedom of speech is a right that has been provided to every citizen in the US; however, could we take a page from this book, edit it, and perhaps make a greater story from its remnants? Could reality shows like "Love and Hip Hop" and the "real Housewives" stand to be a little more reserved? I would say Possibly, but until a careful balance of these suggestive, artistic themes and respectful viewership is created, this debate is one that no one can win.
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