Saturday, April 29, 2017

When Is It Ok For Art To Include Profanity?

The world has been trending in many different areas lately. Over the past decade movies, books, music, and any other type of art has been getting littered more and more with colorful language, which for the most part I believe is a bad thing.  However, I think once and a while profanity is permittable during certain circumstances.

Why do I believe this? Because it's realistic. Lets face it, the goal behind making a book or movie is not just to make it enjoyable, but to also make it believeable and realistic. Now, I'm not saying that every other word should be followed up with a big fat f bomb, but I do believe that it can sometimes be used to show emotion or impact. Still don't believe me? Fine, I will just have to give an example you ungrateful prunehead!

Say that your in the middle of a gigantic world war, the stakes are extremely high as in the losing side has to serve the other as slaves for life. Your side just lost. Along with that your best friend has just dies in your arms, and as far as you know everyone else you care about is dead as well, and you now know you will be a slave the rest of your life. How does that make you feel?? I would hope it wouldn't make you feel good. Now, given those circumstances, I think it's a pretty safe bet you won't say something like, "Wow, this really sucks" Or, "Darn it!" No! Your probably going to curse the banana you had for breakfast, and your mothers cow, the baseball glove you got for Christmas, your 9 year old pit bull and any other thing that comes to your mind.


It's circumstances like that where I believe it is justifiable. When the impact and emotions are running so high that there's no other word to describe what your feeling. We see this in Ant-Man when Scott Lang sums it all up by saying, "My days of stealing S**t are over" If he had said the word crap or something similar do you really think it would have felt the same, or had the same type of impact?

This does not mean that we should just go out throwing around swear words whenever we want though. We still need to keep to our morals and attempt to find ways around swearing like maybe using some milder ones or even some slang terms if we can, unless, of course, you just really need to use that one word to add that emotional effect.

If you do feel like you need to add profanity into some of your art, don't worry about what others might think or say about it, you're the author and you know what needs to go into the book. If you felt like profanity was justifiable to a situation then you have every right to put it in and those people have no right to criticize it! And besides, it' usually very clear whether the writer is using profanity for their own ammusmeant vs when they add it for a reason.

What do you guys think of profanity? Should it be occasionally permissible? What are some cases you've seen where it's been done right? Talk to me in the comments below.


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