On tonight’s Emmy broadcast, Sally Field was giving an impassioned speech about mothers and war after winning for “Brothers & Sisters”. After stumbling, she ended with the following comment, paraphrased:
“If mothers ruled the world, there would be no god-damned war.”
For viewers in Canada, this was heard verbatim. For viewers on FOX in the U.S., the conclusion was bleeped out.
While there remains issues over the use of god, for obvious reasons, it raises an important question:
If this was on any network other than FOX, run by Rupert Murdoch, would it have been bleeped out at all?
We’ll see the fallout from this over the next few days. At the end of the Emmy broadcast, Sopranos creator David Chase joked that “If gangsters ruled the world…maybe they do.” Will it be a laughing matter in tomorrow’s papers? Only time will well.