‘Mr. Robot’ Dropped the F-Bomb Four Times Last Night
And no one cared.
Or Fucking-A, as it were.
As noted in a post by Reddit user SomeKrazyGuyUKno in r/television: “I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the USA Network decided that adults can handle the word ‘fuck’ and chose not to mute-out the word as they did in Season 1. Hopefully other commercial networks continue suit.”
The user goes on to note that FX dropped two uncensored uses of “fuck” during American Crime Story earlier in the year. “I think we’re finally there, everyone!” SomeKrazyGuyUKno continues. “America might not be scared of curse words anymore!”
Taking out the premium channels like HBO, IFC (which runs movies uncensored) and accidental uses on live TV, the use of the profanity has been rare … even though paid channels are not under purview of the FCC.
Another Reddit thread attempted to break down all the uses of “fuck” on basic cable: No consensus was achieved, but people noted use of the word in Louie, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and possibly one each on The Shield and Better Call Saul, though there’s debate on whether those F-word instances were actually censored on cable and only appeared sans bleep when shown later on Blu-ray or Netflix. Then there’s South Park: Comedy Central has had issues with the use of the F-word on the series but has allowed the word to air when they show the Bigger, Longer and Uncut film.
And there’s possibly more aggressive swearing on the way from a truly unlikely show: The Walking Dead. Yes, the zombie series that infamously ended a season with the hilariously tame “They’re screwing with the wrong people” might be allowing a few F-bombs to coexist among all the gore and death.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays TWD’s newest villain Negan, says he wants to pressure AMC into allowing his character’s creative vocabulary from the comic book into the show. “The plan is to push them as far as they can because it’s who Negan is,” says Morgan. “He uses some colorful language. And I use some colorful language. And reading the comic, it’s important.”
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