By Jared Jones
I think we can all agree that our society’s double standard when it comes to violence and naughty language (or naughty bits, for that matter), is f*cking ridiculous. What, watching a man have his f*cking intestines ripped out by a pack of voracious f*cking cannibals is acceptable, but only as long as his final words are “Gosh darn it!!” and not the righteous “F******************CK!!” that poor bastard deserves?
Don’t get me wrong, TV censorship can sometimes be utilized to hilarious effect — I am of course referring to the moment in (edited) Snakes on a Plane when Sir Samuel L. declares that he has grown tired of these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane. But for the most part, censorship is a weak-ass practice perpetuated by cowards. It’s the nadir of artistic expression. It’s plain un-American, is what it is.
This was never more apparent than during the closing moments of last season’s otherwise excellent Walking Dead finale, where after RIPPING OUT A MAN’S THROAT WITH HIS TEETH, Rick Grimes was not allowed to drop an F-bomb after being SHOT AT AND CAPTURED BY A GROUP OF CANNIBALS. “They’re screwing with the wrong people,” Grimes instead muttered, drawing a collective groan from hardcore and casual WD fans alike.
But now, AMC has released an uncensored clip of the original, more swearier version of season 5’s closing line. Not since Drunk History have I seen a curse word used so effectively.