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Censorship Today: Law & Order SVU
Yesterday Kyle and I were watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Season 3, Episode 18, "Guilt". As we were watching a scene the sound cut out and then returned. A moment later it cut out again. It happened again in a scene not 10 minutes later.

After we finished watching it I found the episode on Netflix for Instant Watch so I could see for myself and we could see what exactly was cut out.

The first two instances that were cut out was some kid who had gotten molested by an older man simply saying "I'm not a fag!" to the DA lady who was talking to him. That seems odd to me, but Kyle remarked that it seemed like progress because a derogatory term had gotten censored on TV. While that may or may not be true, it really irked my desire for exact truth, exact reproduction. Like a library or a history book, I want to see things exactly how they were originally done.

The third instance was one of the detectives saying "He was getting his rocks off hearing about the other guys". Kyle and I both agree that censorship seemed a bit heavy-handed.

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kupcakeaz From: kupcakeaz Date: September 11th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Which network were you on and what time were you watching?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: September 11th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It was on PeachtreeTV in Atlanta, and the particular showing it recorded was at 11pm (one theory is they reused already censored showing from an earlier showing).
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: September 11th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the heavy hand getting rocks off the air... or something like that.

I don't like my entertainment diced, tossed, and stir-fried.
From: anarchomo Date: September 11th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really gets fun when you realize there are multiple exact truths. Different versions of the script, different performances, different editorial cuts. And decisions are often made for reasons of time or money, taking you from the exact truth of what was intended.

And then we get into perception psychology, where you can round up people who were all at an event, compare notes and discover that they remember very different things. So it's not just art but life that has multiple truths. Juggling them is where all the interesting stuff in life happens, imo.
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