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They Have Gotta Be F’N Joking!

   So, I’m having problems sleeping these days and I decided to chill on the recliner rather than bother the wife. I decided that I needed to relax so I pulled up a movie on the DVR from the Sci-Fi channel’s Sunday Night movie.

   I start watching the ever so more than slightly bad ‘Legion of the Dead” and get less than ten minutes into it before wanting to throw an f’n brick at the TV. Was it because of the bad acting? No. Was it because of the bad plot? No. Was it because of the bad CGI? No.

   It was the cigarette scene.

   They blurred the scene. Three times. The guy lifts his cigarette to his mouth three times and each time they blurred his hand and mouth so that you couldn’t actually see the cigarette in his mouth.  60 seconds later he gets a metal spike through the chin and up into his cranium. Oh, and a guy is killed by having the skin burn/melt off of his skull later. And they show it in all its glory. All the violence is there as well.  And just prior in the day, during the afternoon hours and not the prime time hours, they have film where violence, blood and guts were on full display for all to see. Oh, and an attempted rape scene as well.

   But we have to blur out that evil cigarette!

   Look, I don’t smoke and I never have. Jenn doesn’t smoke either and we’re both going to be trying to raise our son to not smoke. But WTF? It’s legal, people do it, people do it in public and the government taxes the crap out of the people who do it. It’s a part of life. But we’re going to get so anal about about it that we’re going to censor scenes of smoking on television in prime time now? The same time and channels where you can see drug use by the way. Sci-Fi has had movies on in the last few weeks where people were stoned and got that way on screen.

   But we have to blur out that evil cigarette!!!

   Look cigarette Nazis; go away, get a life and stop screwing with all of our lives. If you can’t do that then just fuck off.

Categories: Entertainment, Life, Politics
  1. August 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

    “60 seconds later he gets a metal spike through the chin and up into his cranium.”

    But… but… the Surgeon General says smoking gives you *cancer,* Jerry!

  2. August 4, 2008 at 10:47 am

    In all seriousness, I recall reading about an editorial edict Marvel had issued: characters could use more profanity than they had before (like “damn,” “hell,” and “ass”) but characters could no longer be depicted in the act of smoking. Hey, news flash: my father smoked a pipe when I was young; I read assloads of Marvel comics, and saw many depictions of Nick Fury, The Thing, and Wolverine smoking cigars; and yet I don’t smoke. Go figure.

  3. jjchandler
    August 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    And that’s the weird double standard that pissed me off here. If you watch the Sci-Fi channel’s “original” movies and programming as well as their second run programming you can see the following activities regularly:

    Theft
    Fraud
    Brutal Beatings
    Extreme Violence
    Murder
    Borderline Cannibalism (if zombies count on that score)
    Illegal Drug Use
    The Abuse of Legal Drugs
    Heavy or Extreme Alcohol Consumption
    Teenage Sexual Activity
    Disemboweling
    Sticks Shoved into Eyes

    And many, many other scenes that contain other illegal or ethically questionable scenes. But the same channel is going to air censored versions of films that block out cigarette smoking? Have we really gotten to a point where we’re going to be that f’n stupid about it?!? Are we really going to have to put up with being treated as though we’re that ignorant?!?

    And this is the same channel that airs ECW…

    This might seem a small thing to some people, but I find it really stupid and actually a little insulting. It could be a good thing though. A lot of programs and channels have been getting me to turn them off more and more lately. If the SCi-Fi Channel really does continue down this route seriously then it just means I’ll end up with less TV time and more time for other things.

  4. Micha
    August 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Nobody ever talks about second hand metal spike through the chin and up into the cranium for some reason.

  5. August 4, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Micha: “Nobody ever talks about second hand metal spike through the chin and up into the cranium for some reason.”

    That’s probably because any form of metal-spike-through-the-chin-and-up-into-the-cranium silences its victims.

  6. August 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Jerry: “But the same channel is going to air censored versions of films that block out cigarette smoking?”

    Yeah, the anti-smoking lobby is clearly out-of-control and is one of the reasons I find myself adopting certain conservative views. We simply don’t need the government to tell us whether or not to smoke. Everyone knows — or should know — that it’s deadly. Simply keep it out of public places. But if anyone wants to smoke where I don’t have to inhale it, that’s their business, not Uncle “Big Brother” Sam’s.

  7. Bill Mulligan
    August 5, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    And it’s gonna get worse.

    I blame global warmin…no, wait, I blame SPIELBERG! I blame LUCAS! Airbrushing out the guns from ET and making greedo shoot first, now every yahoo with After Effects thinks they can muck around with classics like LEGION OF THE DEAD. Bastards!

    Next—fatty food. Then alcohol. Then they will superimpose helmets on people’s heads. Freaking nanny state.

    And the worst part? The part that will actually do harm? THEY ARE MAKING CIGARETTES COOL AGAIN!!! Smoking has once again become a symbol of youthful rebellion. Idiots.

  8. jjchandler
    August 5, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    “And the worst part? The part that will actually do harm? THEY ARE MAKING CIGARETTES COOL AGAIN!!! Smoking has once again become a symbol of youthful rebellion. Idiots.”

    You know what? In my bad week induced conniption fit I actually overlooked that most obvious bone headed aspect of this stupidity. Mulligan is of course dead bang on here. The Cigarette Nazis could have left the scene alone and no one would have thought twice about the dork puffing on his Lucky Stripe Lite. He wasn’t a really cool or interesting character and he wasn’t played by the most charismatic of actors.

    By making this look like a naughty-naughty, they’ve reintroduced the “bad boy” aspects of it. The final irony and humor of it could be that the extreme stupidity of their actions to save us from smokers and keep young minds from believing that smoking is ok is that they may have made it, as Mulligan so astutely pointed out, cool again.

    Yah gotta love it when someone uses a sledge hammer for a screw driver job and ends up breaking their own foot in the process

    8)

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