Sally Field Censored By Fox

Ken AshfordIraq, Popular CultureLeave a Comment

Yeah, I thought I saw what I thought I saw. 

At last night’s 59th Annual Emmy Awards, Sally Field, who won Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Nora Holden Walker in ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters”.  She got up there and said…

“Surely this [award] belongs to all the mothers of the world. May they be seen, may their work be valued and raised. Especially to the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait. Wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm’s way, and from war…. I am proud to be one of those women. If mothers ruled the world, there would be no —

Field fumbleed around for her words and wrestleed with the invisible orchestra then got censored.  Here’s what the viewers saw:

What did Sally say?  If Fox hadn’t censored her, America would have heard her say:

"If mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamned wars in the first place."

Defenders of Fox will point out that she said "goddamned", and that was the reason for the audio cutout.  But that’a a crock.  Technically, Field’s censored words are not profane. A 2004 FCC ruling specifically stated no objection to the use of "god damn" on TV when making a judgment on the uproar over Bono swearing at the Golden Globes in 2003 where he used more colorful language.

Secondly, it was no more profane than some of the jokes offered by others.  Like, that guy from "Everybody Loves Raymond" commenting on his co-presenters’ low-cut dress/cleavage: "Note to self.  Buy some milk".

Thirdly, even if it was profane, the technology certainly exists to bleep out the "god" part, rather than Ms. Field’s entire anti-war sentiment.  (In fact, she got most of the "god" part out uncensored).