Monday, September 17, 2007

Curses!

Emmy-winning comedienne America Ferrera isn't Mexican, but one of the producers of "Ugly Betty," Selma Hayek, is, so there'll probably be a ticker tape parade through the streets of Mexico City soon. The Emmys were broadcast here live and uncensored, unlike in some countries we could mention:

The Emmy censors were bleeping busy on Sunday night as three actors slipped in expletives during the live broadcast.

Sally Field praised mothers when she won an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series but also let her anti-war sentiments surface with a God-related swear word.

What she actually said was, "Fuck the pope." It was pretty shocking, coming from the Flying Nun. TV here is funny to watch because a great deal of the programming is American - movies, sports, every detective show ever made - and subititled rather than dubbed, which means even the most vulgar vulgarities go unbleeped. This isn't because the Mexicans are more open-minded than us, I think it's just that the words don't mean anything. Swear words - "I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!" - don't get translated literally in the subtitles, but rather invariably rendered as, "maldita sea!" which means something like "be it accursed!" That's a hard line to pull off without a bit of hand-wringing and moustache-twirling.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

did you see jimbo on stage?

Burro Hall said...

No. That would have been censored.