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01/17/2008 12:48 PM ID: 67719 Permalink   

'Good F-ing Morning America'


The F-bomb was dropped live and uncensored on Tuesday's 'Good Morning America' by none other than 'Annie Hall' herself, Diane Keaton.
GMA co-host, Diane Sawyer was conducting the interview.

Keaton, who had started in on about how much better her life would be if she had Sawyer's lips, became candid, letting the f-bomb slip and afterward apologized. GMA airs as parents are getting children ready for school.

Diane Keaton's closing remarks pretty much sum up what is soon to make news for her and the GMA producers: “This is Diane Keaton who will be answering to the censors,” The source site contains the video clip.

    WebReporter: crosimoto Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
What Iran says when it gets up in the morning. The US responds with an obscene gesture and so begins another normal day at the office...

Seriously, dropping the f-bomb during that time slot is not going to be a promotional bellringer with either your boss or the sponsors. She deserves a good sharp slap on the wrist for this but I really hope they don't go overboard and blow it out of all proportion.
  by: ixuzus     01/17/2008 01:09 PM     
  Reality Check  
People use foul language- and actors are not the most upright citizens, usually.... kids need to learn that. Good lesson, annie hall!
  by: theironboard     01/17/2008 01:13 PM     
  Little matter  
The source considers tape delay. If you think about it, why does daytime TV need to be "live" anyway, unless it is a breaking newscast?
  by: escalus84   01/17/2008 01:24 PM     
I'm not trying to get anyones dandruff up, but I would propse that kids have learned that people use foul language. But as parents, we want kids to not feel that it's acceptable. People DO alot of things, and kids are impressionable. I hope for the kids that saw it, parents used the teaching opportunity wisely, but that still doesn't make it right that it should be allowed. Like Ixuzus said, there's a right way to handle this and I hope it doesn't go overboard that 'wardrobe malfunction' thing. (IMHO)
  by: crosimoto     01/17/2008 01:32 PM     
In theory you could introduce a dump button similar to what a lot of radio stations use during talkback. One station I was involved with had a 7 second delay so if someone said something you didn't want going to air you had 7 secs to hit the button. The point is you don't expect you're going to need it with professional presenters.
  by: ixuzus     01/17/2008 01:44 PM     
  Just to clarify  
....who cares? I watched the clip, and I couldn't even hear her say it. Its not like this is going to permanently scar some children for life.
  by: brinlong     01/17/2008 07:23 PM     
It was an accident. It's not like she did it on purpose and refused to apologize.

I don't see the big deal.
  by: zepfan109   01/17/2008 09:52 PM     
  What The F***  
How many kids are going to be watching this show anyway?
  by: ichi     01/18/2008 12:25 AM     
  The F Word is Obscene  
In a related story, cluster bombs are useful and justified in many circumstances. God Bless America.
  by: IWMCB   01/18/2008 01:06 AM     
  I don't see the problem  
with words like this. Not being allowed to say these words is a direct violation of the first amendment.

If we don't believe in the freedom to speak some words, we don't believe in freedom of speech at all.
  by: QuestioningAnswers   01/18/2008 03:25 AM     
Very good. Maybe that'll get people thinking for once.
  by: QuestioningAnswers   01/18/2008 03:27 AM     
  be honest...  
okay, so i joined shortnews because i always read this site and some of these stories just amaze me and i have some comments that i need to express. with that being said, i read "good f-ing morning america" and i just have to say "who gives a flying f*** if it was said on television?" while i do understand that children are awake and all while this show is on and i do know that they will copy what they hear, but to be totally honest, i heard worse things than that when i was getting ready for school in the mornings. my dad has always cussed ever since i can remember, my mom too, so i heard the "f-bomb" pretty regularly in my house. how many parents out there who are "appalled by what happened" honestly cuss in everyday life in front of their kids and do not think twice about it? i have an 8 month old and i cuss in front of her all the time, only because i don't think about it. but like someone on here already stated, you cannot even hear that she says it hardly and the only reason it was such a big deal is because diane sawyer made it that way. diane keaton apologized so let it go. that's my two cents.
  by: AliciaMae   01/18/2008 04:35 AM     
sorry about the double post, i hit the button twice on accident. is there any way to fix that?
  by: AliciaMae   01/18/2008 04:37 AM     
Err No Alicia it will forever go down in annals of ShortNews history.

  by: Zmethod     01/18/2008 04:45 AM     
i was going to write back with my usual "f-bomb", but i thought that would be bad taste on my part considering the story. but it does make my point a little clearer. i say it all the time and if i was getting interviewed on national television i just don't think that i would any different. crazy what the world is coming to..."you cannot say what you feel anymore, you have to say what the public says is okay for you to say." i'd like to go on national television and just cuss up a storm, just to do it.
  by: AliciaMae   01/18/2008 04:49 AM     
I'd buy tickets to see you do that, fcukin aye!
  by: Zmethod     01/18/2008 04:55 AM     
She dropped the F-Bomb but I think the title needs to be taken out of quotes as that was not the context in which it was used.
  by: luc1ddr3am     01/18/2008 06:44 AM     
She totally forgot where she was or that the interview was being televised live.

I think she watched this show a bit too much (see clip below).

This clip is hillarious. Everyone is wondering what the big deal of using the F-word is all about. One of my personal favs. :)
  by: CArnold     01/18/2008 07:21 AM     
Is it just me or is this one of the most cringeworthy, horrible American phrases on earth? I think it's up there with "You Go Girl", "Oh no you didn't!", "could you BE any more annoying" etc etc
  by: barryriley   01/18/2008 09:34 AM     
Double posts can be fixed by anyone on the admin team. I've taken care of yours. Welcome to SN!
  by: ixuzus     01/18/2008 10:54 AM     
Welcome to S/N
  by: ichi     01/18/2008 11:10 AM     
  I am  
getting so sick and tired with the US and the UK bleeping al those frigging words on tv. What is wrong with you people?

Do you really think your world is gonna come crashing down on you if you stop bleeping?
A while ago I was watching an american program where they even blurred out a baby's so called private parts. Come on how sick can you be to feel the need to do that?

Thank the Gods I live in a country where we are not THAT uptight and you can say on TV and the radio whatever you want and they show you all bodyparts of whomever!!!
  by: Flutje   01/18/2008 11:14 AM     
  people people people  
please realize this one thing. In America, we have "choice". We can chose to, or chose not to. And to take away someone's choice is wrong.No matter how much of a close-minded, detached from reality, prude they are. Pervasive does not equal appropriate. Profanity is not a living, breathing necessity and it's considered vulgar; Maybe not by your 'standards' but by others, and that's fine. Howard Stern uses profanity and 'obscene' subject matter all throughout his show, and it's available for whoever chooses it.
Some people love to be gagged and bound, and it could very well be the trend and widely accepted soon. Will that make it right to do that on morning talkshows? I'm being facetious of course, but it sitll makes the point. Where will the lines be drawn? I don't curse at all (especially)at my kids, more power to you if you do. You have that choice.
  by: crosimoto     01/18/2008 12:27 PM     
  @all that think it's OK  
You guys will one day have kids too. And unless you want them running around saying "f- you dad" and ending up on supernanny because you can't control them you'll straighten up and fly right.
It matters, it matters alot. If your kids are speaking like that to you then they don't respect you. Period.

And @ those of you that say "It's ok. My parents yell that stuff all the time".
I'm sorry your parents don't care about your wellbeing. Sure, they don't want you dead, but they're not contributing anything to you with regards to proper behavior in society.

And finally, with regards to free speech:
Sure, you can speak like this. That doesn't mean corporations have to allow it.
It just means that if you're yelling the f-word on an approved outlet (cable for instance) then the government won't censor you.

It also doesn't mean some father isn't justified in walking up to you and hitting you so hard it jars your relatives three states away.
It's hard to be obscene around his kids with a broken jaw.
  by: aardvark   01/18/2008 01:58 PM     
  Four legged animal that eats ants  
"And finally, with regards to free speech:
Sure, you can speak like this. That doesn't mean corporations have to allow it.
It just means that if you're yelling the f-word on an approved outlet (cable for instance) then the government won't censor you.

What makes you think that it’s the corporations that are not allowing it willingly? They’re regulated by the FCC and get fined a vast sum of money if the corporations use these words. Again, against the first amendment. According to the constitution, aka the laws that our country was founded upon, there should be no regulation of speech at all. Period.

If you don’t believe in free speech some of the time, you don’t believe in free speech at all. I don’t believe this fact can be simplified any more.
  by: QuestioningAnswers   01/18/2008 11:47 PM     
It all depends really on the context in which someone uses the word.

Obviously when used in a derogatory way, like your example of "f- you dad" then that isn't acceptable because it is directly and purposely harmful to someone else. That is a case in which indeed someone could be punished for using it, like you would your children for example. But when used in the way Diane Keaton used it, as a sentence enhancer, then I personally don't see the problem.

I use the word f*** all the time as a way to enhance my sentence to show more what I'm feeling because its an easy thing for me to do. And I believe that because I'm not hurting anybody its a fine for me to do it.
  by: rockaholic   01/19/2008 02:59 AM     
  @ aardvark  
And @ those of you that say "It's ok. My parents yell that stuff all the time".
I'm sorry your parents don't care about your wellbeing.

i'm sure that was directed towards me given that i said my parents cussed a lot. but what you say is not true. my parents cussing at me taught me that they were mad and when they started cussing, it was best to leave them alone. and my parents cared VERY MUCH for my wellbeing. i was brought up VERY strict and i turned out to be a very good student and person all around. and i do have a daughter. but just because i cuss in front of her does not mean she will pick up on it like you think. so i cuss, so what? but more times than not, i'm talking to her about socks, puppies, water, milk, food, bottle, diapers, and things like that.

and another thing. i have a cat named prissy at my parents house. know what my niece calls her? yeah, she calls her pissy. does that mean that i shouldn't have named my cat that given that a 2 year old will start cussing because of it?

come on...cussing is natural and if my daughter happens to say "f- you daddy" when she gets older, then i will take matters into my own hands then and i will stop cussing in front of her and i will teach her that it is bad to say that. but i definitely do not need someone coming in here treading on me and telling me that parents didn't care for my wellbeing because they cussed at me or anything to that nature.
  by: AliciaMae   01/19/2008 03:10 AM     
  odd, aardvark  
that you seem to think a couple of phoenetic sounds has some bearing on how some of us were brought up.

im not even really sure how to respond to this..... *fcuk.* id suggest you learn about the history of cussing, etc. before you try to make a silly claim as to my parents ability to raise myself, and any other parents out there.
  by: elijah4twenty     01/19/2008 08:57 AM     
  Swearing in general  
It's commonly accepted that the "F word" is vulgar.
You can argue it until you're blue in the face but you'd be wrong.

Usage of vulgar language typically shows a lack of intelligence in it's users OR a general laziness that has become the halmark of our under 25 culture, which has the biggest epidemic of 'I don't give a f-k' I've ever seen.
Entitlement mentality ftw, I guess.

In either case if you can't think of something better to say then you're lazy or stupid. Or both.

When you bang a toe or a finger people know you're upset or hurt WITHOUT you telling them how close to trailer trash you are with inadequate and inappropriate wording. Pick up a dictionary. Learn the language.

If you still feel you can't control your mouth there's always substitutes like 'Crap', 'Geez', etc.
When expressed with the proper tone and volume they convey the exact same message without causing a father to punch you in the face.

And @ the "freedom of speech" crowd:
"The United States First Amendment theoretically grants absolute freedom, placing the burden upon the state to demonstrate when (if) a limitation of this freedom is necessary."

So, while the Feds may not be able to do much, they can and will help to enforce the laws of the state, which have ruled on several occasions nationwide that use of the F-word is not appropriate for "G" rated audiences.
  by: aardvark   01/19/2008 09:16 AM     
  @ aardvark  
wow. you think you know so much about people. you say that because i cuss then i'm lazy and stupid. hmm. isn't that strange because i'm neither of those. did you know that i scored (as well as ONLY 4 other people) one of the highest scores on my college regents test? did you know that a teacher handed us an assignment one day to which i made a 100 on it and it turned out to be our final? did you know that i'm not lazy because every day i wake up and i have to take care of a baby by myself. i'm not saying that i'm better than single mothers, it's just that i'm not a single mother. but i am also not lazy because i have to do EVERYTHING alone while my husband fights in iraq. but you seem to judge me solely on the fact that i cuss. and how dare you put the "trailer trash" comment in there. that's probably just as bad on your part for saying that as i am for saying f*ck. just as bad isn't it? and as far as my parents (who also cuss) being lazy and stupid, let me tell you my mother is one of the smartest people i know. and my dad who was going to be a fighter pilot (but couldn't ONLY because he had 3 kids instead of 2) owns two companies that only him and another guy run. so how is he lazy and stupid? your basis of the whole "lazy and stupid" theory is, well, quite honestly, sh*t. it seems to me that that is something you have thought up in your head. you cannot tell me that there have been times when you have been tempted to say a "vulgar word". if you said there wasn't, you'd be lying. and in which case, liars are usually lazy and stupid.
  by: AliciaMae   01/19/2008 11:46 AM     
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