The View Breaks Out The Bleep Button When The Name Jesus Is Brought Up

As hard as it may be to believe, there are still some things that are taboo on broadcast television. As such, broadcasters have the proverbial bleep button at their disposal to prevent those taboo things from making it across the airways. It was recently used on ABC’s ‘The View’ of all places, but there are a ton of questions swirling as to why it was. As the Independent Journal Review shares, the word that was bleeped was Jesus.

During Friday’s episode of the daily yack fest, the panel was discussing a recent poll that revealed many folks are not all that concerned with four precepts of the Ten Commandments. As the discussion moved along, co-host Paula Faris dropped the ‘J’ word, and she was bleeped out.

“My parents were really strict about what we said in the home. We couldn’t say, ‘Oh, my God.’ We couldn’t say ‘J.C.,’ we couldn’t say ‘[censored],’” Faris said. “My son … we could say ‘Jeez’ … unless you were praising him, and then you could say, ‘[censored].’”

Viewers on the East Coast would be able to hear what Faris and others said in unedited fashion, but those on tape delay on the West Coast were treated to a bleep anytime the name Jesus was uttered. The curious incident is not the first time that it has happened on The View. As Snopes points out, a similar incident back in 2002 prompted a letter from Jerry Falwell Jr. to ABC president Bob Iger.

“To me, the name of Jesus is above every name, and you demeaned it with this unconscionable action — especially considering how ABC has joined other networks in pushing the limits for sex, violence and coarse language on TV,” Falwell wrote. “I hereby make my stand for the right of Americans to hear the name of Jesus and urge you to lead ABC back toward family-oriented programming without immorality, violence and coarse language.”

So what gives? At the time of the 2002 incident, an ABC spokesperson contended that the word Jesus was being used in a blasphemous way by one of the panelists, and that led them to bleep it out to avoid an outcry. Alright, that kind of makes sense, but what about this time around? There’s no clear word as of yet, but it sounds like a case of those in charge of the bleep button being a bit too quick on the trigger.

In any event, the discussion continued unabated outside of the unnecessary bleeps, and co-host Sunny Hostin dropped some words of wisdom for her colleagues and the audience to digest.

“You’re supposed to follow the commandments. They’re not only the basis of our Christian faith, they’re also [the basis] of the law. When you study law, they talk about the commandments, and sort of right and wrong and how you see it in biblical times as well,” she said. “So I don’t know how you lop any of them off,” she added.

Source: Independent Journal Review, Snopes
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