Sally Field at the Emmy's

@anniepa (26629)
United States
September 19, 2007 2:36am CST
I was sorry I'd missed the Emmy Awards when I heard about Sally Field's "controversial" acceptance speech...controversial mostly because she was bleeped out! I think she meant to say something like "If mothers ruled the world there wouldn't be any God da**ed wars." Probably the reference to mothers was because of her character on Brothers and Sisters as the matriarch of the Walker family and it was relavent because her son on the show is currently serving in Iraq. Anyway it appears Fox entertainment network is no different than their news division. I understand some may be offended by the language and I can respect that very much and I would understand that part being censored but the whole sentence? I know there will be comments about how entertainers should stick to their acting or whatever their craft is and keep their opinions to themselves but this is really about censorship and freedom of speech, is it not? If there should be no political or otherwise controversial statements made on an award show shouldn't that apply to the opposite point of view as well? I'm not offended by anyone voicing their opinion on any outlet, if I don't want to hear it I can turn the dial, but if the network is worried about offending people shouldn't they muzzle the pro-war and pro-administration voices as well? Let's have a fun debate here, no spats or fights or name-calling (or negative ratings?...lol)just a friendly, brain stimulating discussion! Annie
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@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I guess it was the use of God before the d**n part that caused the ruckus which is nuts. I have heard WAY worse on Nip/Tuck (and seen worse!). As for whether these people should stick to award speeches, if that is how the awards people want it, it should be across the board. If not, then I don't think what Sally said was offensive (and it's probably true). If they wanted to bleep the word, fine, but the sentence, no. We have heard many stars go off on tangents about wars (pro and con) and they weren't told to stop talking so I guess it's OK as long as you don't swear. Or something. I am pretty liberal and I don't think she should have been bleeped, frankly. It was at night and it was in context and she is known to get riled up at times. She wasn't insulting someone, just making a point she felt was relevant. I wish I could debate you but I agree with you. I think it was overreaction on the part of Fox which makes me laugh because many of their shows are much more controversial and have worse language, etc.
@anniepa (26629)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I agree! I know as I said some people get really upset when celebrities go around and give their opinion on politics and current events but the way I see it if someone is really stupid and uninformed the people are going to know that anyway and they can decide for themselves whether to take them "seriously" or shrug them off as intellectual light-weights. Really, when someone has attained success that basically means they've built an audience and a fan-base and if they feel the desire to use the platform they've "earned" to speak their mind, let them put in their two cents...they can afford it...lol! I've come to the conclusion celebrities - including actors, musicians and athletes - are like the rest of the general population in that there are some who are quite intelligent some who are dumb as stumps and some somewhere in between. I'd hate to think we've gotten so sensitive and so timid we're going to have this kind of censorship from now on. Annie
@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I was really surprised the network bleeped Sally Field! She made a valid point and I saw nothing wrong with what she said. If mothers ruled the world their would be no God D****D wars, how true! This is far worse cuss words on tv and if anyone found this offensive it would amaze me!