Friday, August 26, 2011

Richard Pryor - That Ni**er's Censored

After sending out a couple of Twitter messages, I decided to write about this at greater length, because I am simply not bright enough to convey my thoughts in 140 characters. I'm currently watching a Biography Channel documentary on Richard Pryor. My annoyance began when they were showing a great Pryor clip from The Mike Douglas Show. Richard was talking about going to jail for tax evasion: “I told the judge, ‘Your honor, I forgot to pay my taxes’ and the judge said, ‘You’ll remember next year, (sound drops out)’” Because I’ve heard the joke, I know that the word nigger was edited out.
This makes me want to vomit for a couple of reasons. First of all, while ‘nigger’ is certainly a socially unacceptable word (and a great way to lose your teeth if you mutter it too loud in traffic), it is NOT considered a ‘fineable’ word by the FCC. And even if it were, the FCC does NOT have jurisdiction over cable television. So this was purely a politically correct, knee-jerk reaction by some (almost certainly white) dummy at the network. Second of all, Richard Pryor spoke about race more beautifully and accurately and honestly than any entertainer ever has. Ever. I am amazed at the absolute arrogance of some idiot, regardless of color, (although they’re almost certainly white), editing (and thereby subtly editorializing) the way Pryor spoke about it. The reason ‘nigger’ is important in that joke is because it was the natural way Pryor expressed himself. He wasn’t being ‘shocking’ or ‘outrageous’ by saying it; just true to the way he communicated. And more importantly, it expressed how Pryor felt the judge viewed him. It was edited from nighttime cable and originally aired on daytime television.
I was further sickened that when discussing Pryor’s rise to fame, they mention his BRILLIANT Grammy winning album, That (sound drops out) Crazy. And not only does the sound drop out, they go on to show a photo of it. They redeemed themselves a moment later, though, when they mention his second Grammy winning album, Bicentennial (sound drops out) and show a photo of it, as well. I wanted to throw something through my television. I opted not to, though, because I want to pop in my favorite porno later, White Girls Who Crave Big (sound drops out) (sound drops out) Up Their Skinny White (sound drops out).
Bicentennial Nigger is such a powerful album, and the title is an extraordinarily important reference to the way Pryor saw blacks being treated in America (the album was released in 1976). The title track is the last track on the album and it’s an angry, sarcastic piece about slaves being brought over. I find the bit much sadder than I do funny, and it’s probably my favorite single bit Pryor ever did. The title of the album is an absolute FUCK YOU to America on her birthday, and to blur and edit that out because it offends the head of standards and practices is to censor a very substantial message Pryor was delivering. This isn’t a case of me wanting to say ‘pussy farts’ on The Tonight Show; this is decapitating a social message being delivered by a genius.
And in another beautiful act of mindless inconsistency, they don’t edit out the references to domestic violence or drugs, nor do they edit out the mock-up of cocaine. I guess the (primarily white) network standards and practices department aren’t terrified of getting letters, and thereby possibly effecting advertising revenue, from allowing these things. (A moment later, the sound dropped out on the word ASS. In case you were wondering what Mary Poppins has been up to, she’s running The Bio Channel.)

This sickening display of disingenuous politeness is a perfect example of why anyone who thinks Americans are socially progressive should be run over by a gravel truck. This editing was done without a moment’s thought about context, the message, or who was delivering it. They run a biography on Pryor because his work was so poignant, but decide the transient social obsession with the word nigger outweighs the importance of hearing Pryor deliver it in the honest language he used.
I guess I have such a hard-on for this because of the influence Pryor had on my life. I don’t mind profanity being taken out, because those words would have been edited out ten years ago. I just find it reprehensible (good word, Jim!) that Richard Pryor is being edited because THE N WORD became unacceptable in any situation by any human in any context after Michael Richards went bat-shit at The Laugh Factory.
You cannot say things on cable television today that you could say on network television thirty years ago. We are not ‘free thinkers’; we are a mindless, robotic population whose main goal is to thought-police, snitch on, and ‘catch’ each other expressing the wrong thoughts (or, expressing the right thoughts with the wrong language). This decision wasn’t made in the spirit of honesty or caring about people’s feelings; it was made paternalistically and the motive was self-interest.
I guess I’m done babbling about this now; nothing is going to change, regardless of how annoyed I get or how many times I underline and capitalize key words in a desperate attempt to be heard. And, just to cover all bases, if I was wrong and the head of standards and practices who made this decision is black, Latino, or Asian - fuck you, too.

Labels: , , , ,


Blogger Veracity said...

Dude, that is big font.

Mary Poppins is the Bio Channel.


4:31 PM  
Blogger Tommy said...

God damnit Norton. This is genius.
Bravo sir.

4:34 PM  
Blogger J.R. said...

well said/written Mr. Norton

4:34 PM  
Blogger Amish mike said...

Well said jimmy

4:35 PM  
Blogger tdh said...

Agree completely! !!! Well put

T houchins

4:39 PM  
Blogger Timothy and Stacey Lewis said...


4:46 PM  
Blogger E. Coli said...

That's a fine post, Ji**y.

4:48 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Who was Richard Pryor? Jk nice work Jim

4:48 PM  
Blogger cablsurfin said...

Brilliant rant Jim. I agree wholeheartedly.

4:50 PM  
Blogger John Self said...

Really fucking good. I want to read your book now. I was reading Louis CK's blog about Iraq, and I was like, whoa: Louie can write really entertaining prose, even if he can't spell so well. Not to be a cunt, but if you get around to writing another book, I would recommend immersing yourself in the English comic novelist Martin Amis for a little while. His obsession with renovating the language even when it comes down to the smallest phrases in his duller, more functional sentences is really instructive. Dude even wrote a book called "The War Against Cliche". Not to be a cunt again, but phrases like 'bat-shit (crazy)' are inherited hive-mind phrases, and you are too good for them. So yeah: read some Amis, and let your word power merge with his, and then write another book.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Exophrine said...

Goddammit, Jimmy. When you're right, you're right. I agree wholeheartedly. They're gutting his work!

To be consistent, where's the blur on Adam's penis in the Sistine Chapel painting? Someone's getting a rod at home, looking at that!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Will Carroll said...

Ahh this world is doomed to blandness now.... Nice take on things Mr. Norton...

4:58 PM  
Blogger Cornibal said...

fuckin' A

5:20 PM  
Blogger CRaP (Cynical,Ridiculous, and Pathetic said...

really fucking large font, but if it was normal it would look like half a blog.....this is a real fontfuck.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Bainer. said...

There's one major problem here Jim: you spent monumentally more time thinking this blog through and framing your point than anyone at any network ever did when making decisions like these. Your stance of 'art in context IS the art' flies in the face of any exec's 'art for the masses which offends none but is dumbed down for all'.
Saying 'nigger' or even 'pussy farta' isn't always funny- say them in context and you'll make people laugh, say them in context well and Biography does a show on you- but they can't explain why.

5:38 PM  
Blogger JonBenet's Cunt said...

Fuck the B**GRAPHY CH***NEL in their stinky asses.

5:48 PM  
Blogger PCM said...

You're right. Some white, leftist, PC, cunt-bag, fuck-wad censored it. These worms have infected TV programming, terminally.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Angelswatch said...

great, guess your not bobo's brother after all.

6:51 PM  
Blogger J.C. Ferrell said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

7:32 PM  
Blogger J.C. Ferrell said...

Honestly Jimmy, the idea you would question your betters and potential corporate masters is shameful - they know what is best and it behooves you to offer your obedience to their superior intellects and expertise - after all they have network, you only have a microphone

7:34 PM  
Blogger sjchaos said...

Holy fuck, Jim! Perfectly expressed. I wish we had more celebrities express how important this shit is to all forms of art. You rule.

8:13 PM  
Blogger J.C. Ferrell said...

@velvetfan ---- shouldn't that be "WE HEARD YOU!!!"

8:25 PM  
Blogger justlet'emswearbitch said...

Thank you for being so honest and to the point. This was one of the best things I have ever read. Censorship in this country has gotten out of hand when you do something like these assholes did.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Linkz said...

Very very well put sir

9:11 PM  
Blogger What_A_Buzz said...

Taking the N word out of Pryors dialouge KILLS the humor. They should have done a bio on Donny Osmand instead.

9:33 PM  
Blogger ACe said...

Jim Norton 2012 It starts here!

12:10 AM  
Blogger Ken STL said...

Jim, this pisses me off EVERY DAY.
I used to sell black Americana items on ebay until they booted me off. I opened my own website thinking fuck them, they can't boot me from my own website.
I started getting hate emails & looked the people up on facebook, all white. Paypal pulled my ability to accept payment within 2 weeks of the emails. I switched to google pay, they canned me within 24 hours. I said fuck this again, I'll get my own credit card processor. I went to the nastiest porn sites (probably on your favorites bar) that had incest & animal porn & signed up with their credit card people, NOPE!!! After 3 weeks of fucking me around they would not take my business, I was told my products& the theme of the website was too offensive. Is tar baby & Darkie soap really more offensive to people than people fucking their daughters & family pets?

I’m not trying to use your blog to hock my stuff, I can’t take money, I just wanted to show how ridiculous the whole situation is. It’s not the couple grand I have tied up in inventory or all the time I spent setting it up that pisses me off so bad, it’s the same thing that you are talking about, FUCKING WHITE GUILT RIDDEN PANSYS that are so scared someone might be offended.
There has to be a public push back coming, if not were all fucked.
Thanks for giving me a place to vent,
Ken from STL.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Alien Alda said...

All is fair in art, music and comedy, period.

12:13 PM  
Blogger banalborefest said...

jesus jimmy, you certainly proved the point you made in the 1st sentence with this needlessly drawn out novella. also, thanks for using such a large font, my nana is going to love reading this.

*I am howling at JonBenet's Cunt--such an unnecessary, mean name--I can't stop laughing.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Nice post, (sound drops out).

1:45 PM  
Blogger Raggamofyn said...

Blog some more, Jim. Your long-form stuff is awesome, whereas Twitter leaves someone wanting more.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Escort said...

Excellent tips. Really useful stuff .Never had an idea about this, will look for more of such informative posts from your side. Busty London escort 24/7 with beautiful london escorts at PalaceVIP. We are the leading escorts London agency, providing world class booking services. Know More

1:29 AM  
Blogger vivek singh said...

Hi friend I am Vivek now a day I am living in Delhi for a work, due to daily busy life I get so tired, and that time I think to hire beautiful independent escorts in Delhi by the use of Google, for refreshing me and giving me perfect time with joy and enjoyment, through the use of net I get the reference of Namrata Kaur, She was really awesome busty girl, I ever meet, I really enjoy the time with her.

12:05 PM  
Blogger kamlapati jadon said...

I am Kamala Pati working in MNC, due to daily work and busy schedule I get much tensed that make me very tired, I deiced to hire beautiful independent Delhi escort through the use of Search Engine. I got the many reference of websites neha is one of them, she is very attractive Independent Delhi Escort, she give me full comfort on bed till she was with me I really love her company.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Ravi Chavla said...

I can forget the awesome time that I have spend with world class independent girl Shilpi Oberoi, she is boony independent escort in Delhi, that I ever meet; she is really fulfill my wishes on bed. I really love her time with me.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Delhi Escorts Agency said...

We provide BDSM escorts in Delhi, call +91-7838975076, in Delhi/NCR. Call +91-7838975076 for Delhi BDSM Escorts, BDSM Mistress in Delhi, and Delhi BDSM service. We are one of the leading BDSM
escort company in Delhi.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Delhi Escorts Agency said...

We provide BDSM escorts in Delhi, call +91-7838975076, in Delhi/NCR. Call +91-7838975076 for Delhi BDSM Escorts, BDSM Mistress in Delhi, and Delhi BDSM service. We are one of the leading BDSM escort company in Delhi.

5:08 AM  
Blogger janvichopra said...

Nice post really give a valuable information of escort services.
Mumbai Escorts

Escorts In Mumbai

Mumbai Escorts Services

Mumbai Female Escorts

Mumbai Female Escorts

6:59 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

Great Work Admin
Mumbai Escorts
Escort in Mumbai
Independent Escorts in Mumbai

3:06 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

your blog is very uniq and meaning full
Delhi Escorts
Independent Escorts in Delhi
Escort in Delhi

3:06 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

I really like your every post admin.
Mumbai Escorts
Escort in Mumbai
Mumbai Independent Escort

3:08 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

you are genius admin
Delhi Escorts
Escorts in Delhi
Delhi Escort Agency

3:10 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

very good & genuine blog
Mumbai Escorts
Independent Escorts in Mumbai
Escort in Mumbai

3:47 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

cool blog admin
Delhi Escorts
Independent Escorts in Delhi
Independent Delhi Escort

3:51 AM  
Blogger Gauri Khanna said...

very gud information for it
Mumbai Escorts
Independent Escort in Mumbai
Mumbai Independent Escorts

3:54 AM  
Blogger Sonu Punjaban said...

you will easily be able to make your trip as memorable with delhi escort, delhi female escort, delhi independent escort, delhi call girl service, delhi call girl
Don’t hesitate and book a delhi escort girl you like right now, and you’ll see her on your doorstep exactly at the appointed time.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Prity Sharma said...

In Vip Delhi Escorts gallery, you can view our fine selection of remarkable Delhi escorts we have within our Delhi escort agency. Please click on the picture of each Delhi Escort Service picture gallery.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Prity Sharma said...

Delhi Escort, Independent Escort in Delhi, Delhi Escorts, Delhi Call Girl, Delhi Escort Service, Call Girl in Delhi, Independent Escorts in Delhi,, /Independent Call Girl Delhi, escort in delhi, Escorts in Delhi, Indepdnent Delhi Escort

9:32 AM  
Blogger anjali gupta said...

I like it most.Keep it up give more latest post.
Mumbai Escorts

Escorts In Mumbai

Mumbai Independent Escorts

Mumbai Female Escorts

Mumbai Female Escorts

11:01 AM  
Blogger anjali gupta said...

I like it most.Keep it up give more latest post.
Mumbai Escorts

Escorts In Mumbai

Mumbai Independent Escorts

Mumbai Female Escorts

Mumbai Female Escorts
Escorts In mumbai
Mumbai Escort Agency

10:01 AM  
Blogger Amolika Redy said...

Raima +91-9818990100, Erotic Delhi Escort Service provides high class companionship Delhi Escort Girl
Independent Escorts in Delhi
Delhi Escorts
Delhi Escort Agency
Delhi Independent Escort

7:24 AM  
Blogger Delhi Escort said...

1:18 AM  
Blogger Prity Sharma said...

8:19 AM  
Blogger Prity Sharma said...

Find Delhi Call Girls, Find Delhi Independent Escorts,Warm Up with Delhi Escorts, Holiday with Delhi Escorts, Delhi Escort Agency, Delhi Escorts Service, Delhi Female Escort, Delhi Escort Girl,Delhi Escorts Agency, Escort in Delhi, Independent Escort in Delhi, Escort in Delhi, Escort Service in Delhi

4:05 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home