Now, I will admit that the f-word has crossed my lips too many times in my life and I also admit that it has not been of my wife’s liking either.  In fact, I am constantly reminded to watch what I say around the grandchildren.  To this end, I must admit that I possess and use, at times, some very offensive language.

In my own defense, 30 years working in corrections, where you are constantly hearing the f-word and other profane language throughout the day, did nothing to help diminish my use of these expletives.  Yes, I must admit that I sometimes am a potty mouth, but I am aware of it and I honestly try to curb my usage, especially around small children and others that I wish not to offend.  I am also very careful about my verbiage, when I am in a public venue and I have even berated others for using profane language in the presence of small children at an Applebee’s Restaurant.

The point of all this, is the fact that language can and is offensive to others and we should all try our best to avoid words that offend, belittle, embarrass, or hurt others.  This includes swear words and the letter bombs, like the f-word, the c-word, and especially the n-word and this applies to all persons regardless of race.

You are probably wondering what caused me to blog about this subject and its notion came about because of a news release out of Hollywood.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” has broken a record.

Martin Scorsese’s latest film now sets the “all-time record” for the use of the F-word, Variety reports.  According to the film’s Wikipedia page, “The Wolf of Wall Street” uses the word 506 times in 180 minutes.  Spike Lee’s 1999 “Summer of Sam” previously held the record with 435 F-bombs.

Scorsese’s excessive film isn’t the only movie in his portfolio to make the list of flicks with the most F-words.  “Casino” has 422 instances, while “Goodfellas” has 300.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort and his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life, to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Now, this character Jordan Belfort may have been a terrible foul-mouthed person and thus, the need to “spice-up” the dialogue with some expletives to stay true to his character, but really?  If you do the math, then the f-word is used 2.8 times per every minute of the film.  Wouldn’t you think that we could figure it out after the first 10 times that he uses the word?

I may have used the word occasionally, but I have never gone on a rant that came anywhere close to using the word close to 3 times every minute.

A note to parents…you may wish to not let your impressionable sons and daughters view this film, in less you want your kids to believe that this type of behavior is acceptable.  Oh, my mistake…it’s not societies fault for how our kids behavior, nor is it the parents fault, put the blame where it belongs.  On dirty-mouthed granddads…like me.

 

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