America’s Pandemic P.T.S.D.

We underestimate the extreme trauma that society has endured, and still lives with, at our own peril.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #grief-emotion, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture

When You Hear the F-Word, Try Picking Up More Than One Meaning

Some words have multiple parts. Some dirty words say multiple things.

#blu-ray-disc-assn, #english-language, #gaynor-janet, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #ku-klux-klan, #march-fredric, #movies, #russia

Kanye West’s Stormy Relationship With the Grammys Erupts Again

The musician, nominated for five awards, was told he will not be able to perform at the ceremony on April 3. The decision came after weeks of erratic and troubling public behavior.

#cbs-corporation, #donda-album, #grammy-awards, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy, #social-media, #television, #west-kanye

Group Carrying Nazi Flag Interrupts Reading in Rhode Island

The Red Ink Community Library was hosting a reading of “The Communist Manifesto” until it was interrupted by a group whose members shouted slurs and banged on the windows.

#anti-defamation-league, #discrimination, #elorza-jorge-o, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #neo-nazi-groups, #providence-ri, #rhode-island

Prosecutors Show Voluminous Evidence of Racism by Arbery Murderers

The government emphasized not only racial slurs but also expressions of support for vigilantism.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #georgia, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Why Book Ban Efforts Are Spreading Across the U.S.

Challenges to books about sexual and racial identity are nothing new in American schools, but the tactics and politicization are.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #states-us, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

Joe Biden and Peter Doocy Is the Rivalry Everyone Can Love

A notably unscripted exchange between President Biden and a Fox News correspondent went viral — and turned into what these days counts as a heartwarming civic moment.

#acosta-jim, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coulter-ann, #doocy-peter, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #news-and-news-media, #ryan-april-d, #schieffer-bob, #television, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Morgan Wallen Conundrum

The country superstar had the biggest album of 2021 despite being captured on video using a racial slur. Is he on a redemption tour, or just on tour?

#black-people, #country-music, #dangerous-the-double-album-album, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #wallen-morgan

Jon Gruden Emailed Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments

A trove of emails in a separate workplace misconduct case show Raiders Coach Jon Gruden went beyond previously disclosed racist comments to issue broad tirades.

#coaches-and-managers, #e-mail, #espn, #football, #goodell-roger, #gruden-jon, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #las-vegas-raiders, #nassib-carl-1993, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #smith-demaurice, #washington-football-team, #women-and-girls

The Softening of American Conversation

A coarsening in our language? No, I hear a flowering of deference.

#customs-etiquette-and-manners, #grammar, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages, #slang

After Uproar, Matt Damon Tries to Clarify Comments on Anti-Gay Slur

The actor was recently quoted as saying that he had decided to “retire” the word his daughter calls the “f-slur” after she objected to a joke he made.

#damon-matt, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity

It Is Every American’s Right to Curse the President

A legal battle over the political signs in a New Jersey yard underscores broader threats to the freedom of speech in the United States.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #roselle-park-nj, #united-states-politics-and-government

She Hates Biden. Some of Her Neighbors Hate the Way She Shows It.

A local judge ordered a New Jersey woman to take down political banners over obscenity complaints, setting up a First Amendment fight.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #local-government, #new-jersey, #roselle-park-nj

N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

#assaults, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thomas-isaiah-1989

How the N-Word Became Unsayable

The evolution of the slur’s use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #english-language, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-jeffersons-tv-program, #united-states, #whites

A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-civil-liberties-union, #appeals-courts-us, #breyer-stephen-g, #cheerleaders, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #school-discipline-students, #snap-inc, #social-media, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

Announcer Caught on Open Mic Using Racial Slur at Basketball Game

The announcer cursed and used a slur as students knelt during the national anthem before a high school tournament game in Oklahoma. He later apologized and blamed his diabetes for the outburst.

#basketball, #black-people, #discrimination, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #interscholastic-athletics, #norman-okla, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

Meyers Leonard Fined $50,000 and Suspended for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Miami Heat, said the slur while playing a video game on a public livestream.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

How ‘Lolita’ Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture

Emily Mortimer, who grew up with a prominent free-speech advocate before becoming an actress and screenwriter, has some ideas.

#metoo-movement, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lolita-book, #nabokov-vladimir, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Ex-Times Reporter Who Used Racial Slur Publishes a Lengthy Defense

Donald McNeil, who resigned last month after the publication of an article on his conduct during a student trip, writes that he left the paper after “a series of misunderstandings and blunders.”

#baquet-dean, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-storyline-no, #mcneil-donald-g-jr, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #race-and-ethnicity

Larry Flynt, Who Built a Porn Empire With Hustler, Dies at 78

As the publisher of a notorious sexually explicit magazine, he found himself at the nexus of a cultural and legal war and became an unlikely free-speech hero.

#deaths-obituaries, #flynt-larry, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hustler, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #libel-and-slander, #magazines, #pornography

Students Punished for ‘Vulgar’ Social Media Posts Are Fighting Back

A lawsuit against the University of Tennessee questions when schools can discipline students because of their online speech.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #colleges-and-universities, #diei-kimberly, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-tennessee

New York Times Reporter Is Accused of Using Racial Slur With Student Group

Remarks in 2019 by Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science correspondent, during an educational trip led to complaints from students and parents. The Times has offered an apology.

#indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #mcneil-donald-g-jr, #new-york-times

Trainer Barred in New York and Other States for Giving Horse a Racist Name

On Twitter, the trainer, Eric Guillot, denied that the name was offensive, but he had directed it at a Black television analyst. The horse ended up with a new name.

#black-people, #blacklisting, #cypress-creek-equine-llc, #discrimination, #guillot-eric, #horse-racing, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #jockeys-drivers-and-trainers, #new-york-racing-assn, #new-york-state

Jeffrey Toobin Is Fired by The New Yorker

The star journalist exposed himself on a video conference call last month. “We take workplace matters seriously,” a Condé Nast executive said.

#cnn, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #new-yorker, #news-and-news-media, #sexual-harassment, #toobin-jeffrey, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #writing-and-writers

Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Proves Music’s Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

Scandalized parents and politicians ushered in warning labels in the 1980s. Now making clean versions of explicit songs means taking advantage of every possible revenue stream.

#cardi-b-1992, #eminem, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #labeling-and-labels-product, #megan-thee-stallion-rapper, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wap-song

Paleontologists See Stars as Software Bleeps Scientific Terms

When their annual conference was moved online, they were amused to find seemingly benign words blocked and replaced with asterisks during virtual sessions.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #convey-services, #dinosaurs, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #paleontology, #society-of-vertebrate-paleontology, #thomas-r-holtz-jr

Potty-Mouthed Parrots Who Let Loose on Park Visitors to Return to View

Five birds who moved to a park in Britain the same week had unprintable vocabularies, which they deployed on amused guests. Keepers said the parrots also learned to laugh at one another.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #great-britain, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lincolnshire-wildlife-park, #parrots

Fair Balls and Foul Language

With no live crowd noise as a buffer at M.L.B. games, on-field sounds are easy to hear on broadcasts — and it’s not all rated PG.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #brice-austin-1992, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #mcneil-jeff-1992, #television

That Word

Few prominent women in power have publicly addressed a particular vulgarity that men have leveled against them for years. Today, on the floor of the House, that changed.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #yoho-ted

AOC Upbraids Republican Ted Yoho After He Denies Vulgarly Insulting Her

Representative Ted Yoho apologized for the tone of a run-in with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but denied calling her a misogynistic pair of expletives. “Not an apology,” she responded.

#apologies, #house-of-representatives, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yoho-ted

Ocasio-Cortez Upbraids Republican After He Denies Vulgarly Insulting Her

Representative Ted Yoho apologized for the tone of a run-in with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but denied calling her a misogynistic pair of expletives. “Not an apology,” she responded.

#apologies, #house-of-representatives, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yoho-ted