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Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Not Suitable

Here in Canada, the Comedy Network shows, well, comedy. Stand-up, animated shows such as "The Simpsons", home-grown stuff like "You Bet Your Ass" (a game show), that sort of thing. It's a real actual channel, not some local cable-access thing, and that makes this warning, which shows before such hit-or-miss offensiveness as "Drawn Together", even more mysterious:

This program contains coarse language and mature themes that is not suitable for younger audiences.

It's not just words on a screen: they paid some woman to read them out loud. Someone wrote the text, someone else processed it into a screen graphic, someone else read it aloud, a bunch of people must have seen or heard it before it ever made it onto the air, and not one single person realized that it contains a grammatical error that a third-grader could pick out? The thing has two plural flags--"and" and "themes"--and obviously requires the plural verb "are".

It's pretty likely that, at some point, the thing read "...and is not suitable...", which would of course be correct. But someone screwed up, and it's been airing for weeks, maybe longer (I don't watch that much television). Duh.

I'll give them credit for one thing, though. They said "not suitable for younger audiences". Most such warnings say that a show is "not suitable for all audiences", which, when you think about it, is true of every single TV show ever.


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