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January 9, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

PROFANITY WATCH....From the Guardian:

The key players behind last night's BBC broadcast of Jerry Springer the Opera joined forces this weekend to defend the programme, which has achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the most complained about television event ever.

Jerry Springer the Opera has been a West End hit for some time now, which is remarkable enough on its own, but what's more remarkable is Mediawatch's complaint: they allege that the show contains 8,000 swear words. Stewart Lee, who wrote the show, says the number of profanities is actually "several thousand less" than Mediawatch's figure, but even this implies a total of four or five thousand. Considering that the average opera libretto clocks in (my guess) at not much more than 8,000 words total, this must be some kind of record.

So when is PBS going to air it?

Kevin Drum 8:07 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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