The media makes weird censorship decisions… show a real person getting shot and screaming, but bleep the swears
I don’t like swearing. I am absolutely fine with bleeping out swear words on tv, in fact I think they do a poor job of it and should bleep more stuff and better. (They usually bleep out just the vowel sound, leaving the consonants, so it’s pretty clear what was said.)
That said, as offensive as I find foul language, I find it more offensive and disturbing to see a tape of a cop telling someone to stand up and then shooting them three times when they obey, and hear them screaming in pain.
That’s what they showed on the news, but they bleeped the swear words.
It seems a bit odd to me. I think there’s a time and place for witnessing horrible human behavior, because it’s educational. So sanitizing just a part, and the least evil part, seems strange.
You know, the Bible is filled with descriptions of people’s sins. They’re there (and news reports such as this are supposedly there) to educate or enlighten, not to entertain.
I don’t believe in glorifying or even normalizing immoral behavior, but let’s not swing too far and think we can’t ever depict it at all, for any purpose.