Thursday, 19 June 2008

Ramsay's Language to Stay

A federal parliamentary committee has rejected a push to ban swearing on television.

But the committee has recommended that classification codes be made clearer to better inform viewers of what to expect.

Senator Anne McEwen says some submissions to the committee called for offensive language to be limited.

But most Australians accept that adults should be free to see and hear what they want on TV, Senator McEwan says.
She also noted that the committee uncovered widespread concern about the language used by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay on Channel Nine's Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

He reportedly used the f-word 80 times in one episode.

"People were offended by the way Ramsay directed his language to his restaurant staff in an abusive and aggressive manner," Senator McEwan said

"A number of people made the point that that was probably more offensive than the actual words used."

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi says the committee never intended to push for any form of censorship.

But Senator Bernardi says he still has concerns about the language used by Ramsay

"No one has yet been able to convince me that an M-rated show such as an episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares that contained the F-word - and I'm not referring to fondue - 80 times in 40 minutes is infrequent coarse language," he said.
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CherryPie said...

That is a lot of swearing. But if folk don't like it they should just change channels ;-)

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

You like Gordon Ramsay then, Nunyaa? :)

Nunyaa said...

I agree fully Cherie, thats what remotes are for, and I do not know why I can tolerate it from Ramsay but if anyone else was to speak like that around me, I'd be disgusted. Yes James, I think he is great, and by the way, he is in Australia at the moment, might fly to Sydney this afternoon , LOL.

Anonymous said...

When I was a child I had never heard a curse word until I was almost grown. Words like liar, got my mouth washed out with soap. Then I met a sailor who talked like a sailor. He has a good heart and thinks I am wonderful, but he still talks like a sailor after all these years. I hate that people might judge him on a word they find disgusting when inside he is a very decent person.
So, I guess the morale of this story is-don't be to quick to judge people from just a word that is spoken.
Good post.
Have a good weekend.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I can't stand Ramsey, for the way he treats his staff as much as anything, let alone the swearing. I'm not exactly ladylike myself in this respect, but I do think there's a time and a place. However, some folk just don't seem to know where the "off" button is!

Colin Campbell said...

If people don't like his swearing, turn him off. When I was growing up the local farm tractor driver couldn't construct a sentence without a swear word.

I still managed to grow up to use swearing selectively. Our kids swear a bit, for which I blame my wife. :)

Nunyaa said...

I can't help but like his shows and my eyes are glued to the tv just now, Gordon Ramsay was just on, sad lol.
Ha you know what Colin, I think Aussie women would probably rate the highest for swearing.