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Friday, April 10, 2009

I Swear!

Posted By on April 10, 2009, 1:40 PM

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For those who haven't been keeping up, we launched this newfangled CityWeekly.net Website in February, and we're still learning all the tricks it has up its sleeves. To our shock and amazement, one commenter recently posted he was unable to drop a F-bomb when posting a comment.

No wonder comments to our site have been light! We were beginning to think you just agreed with everything we said. OK, sorry! Come back! The F-bomb detonator has either been dismantled or will be (I am reluctant to try it out--what do I say, "Testing, Fuck, Fuck, Testing"). So keep posting, commenters, you should soon be able to unleash expletives to your heart's content.

And speaking of vulgarity, I once again must wonder about that other weekly publication in our market, In Utah This Week. "N" is published through the Newspaper Agency Corp., which is owned jointly by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. And the Deseret News, we all know, is owned by the LDS Church. So why is a publication whose grandparent is the LDS Church, which has long taken a principled stand against profanity, going off at the mouth?

An example this week is Sarah Nielson's "Mother Nature's Mood Swings": "As you can see I really, really need you [Mother Nature] to get back to work—enough of this back-and-forth bullshit. ... Now get your shit together and figure out which season it is."

First of all, anthropomorphize all you like, in this day and age, it is sexist to femininize natural atmospheric forces. They belong to a planet that does not have sexual organs. In fact, lawyers and their ilk like to call such forces "acts of God." In which case, Sarah Nielson is essentially telling God to cut the bullshit. [image-1]

Not that I blame her, really, because the weather lately has sucked. But I'm just surprised a paper whose grandparent is the LDS Church lets it fly, along with most of the "Sexy in SLC" and night-club carousing the paper celebrates.

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