Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Perhaps due to attrition, editing has never been worse at a lot of major magazines.  I constantly see errors in the two bibles of show biz, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

For instance, in the latter, there was recently an oral history of the sitcom M*A*S*H.  Here's a story about censorship from star Alan Alda.

Alda:  I wrote an episode where Margaret sees a jock strap on the table and starts going nuts.  "How dare you parade that thing before me?"  Standards and Practices said we couldn't show a jock strap.  I got really angry because we'd had countless episodes where we showed braziers and women's panties.  Hawkeye had walked through a clothesline and had them slapping him in the face. Is there something holy about the male genitalia?  They never gave a good reason.  They just stuck to it.

Now it's possible they'd shown a lot of braziers in previous episodes.  Perhaps one had even slapped Hawkeye in the face.  But somehow, I think he was referring to brassieres.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slapping Alan Alda in the face with the heavier of the two sounds like something that would be good for America, on multiple grounds, not least of which is ruining MASH.

10:52 AM, March 18, 2018  

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