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ABC Urged to Pull Episode of Modern Family Because of Toddler's Bleeped Curse Word

By Monica Bielanko |

The best show on basic television.

One of the best television shows currently on air is Modern Family.  Between that and Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and the ever hilarious Will Arnett, I’m back to scheduled TV watching time.

Modern Family is to this decade what The Cosby Show was to the eighties.  Cliff and Claire Huxtable broke ground with their depiction of a successful African American couple elbows deep in parenting.  And now, during our weekly peek into the lives of the three families featured on Modern Family, we are seeing an honest portrayal of how American family life has evolved.

You’ve got the traditional nuclear family of Phil and Clair Dunphy, the older man remarried to a smokin’ hottie played by Ed O’Neil and Sophia Vergara and, of course, my favorite and the most groundbreaking couple, Cameron and Mitchell, gay fathers to one-year old Lily.

It’s a line written for little Lily that’s causing all the controversy.  As the Associated Press reports, “in the episode titled “Little Bo Bleep” airing 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, 2-year-old Lily shocks parents Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) with her first expletive.”  The toddler who plays Lily actually said the word “fudge” during taping but when they bleep it on air viewers will get the impression she drops the F-bomb.

Apparently, some anti-profanity crusader is urging ABC to pull the episode. 

Eighteen-year-old McKay Hatch, who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007, says “Our main goal is to stop this from happening.  If we don’t, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don’t want to have a 2-year-old saying the ‘F-bomb’ on TV.”

Unsurprisingly, Hatch is Mormon and attends BYU-Idaho.  Dude says he founded his club when he noticed how rampant cursing was at his school.  Hatch wants his club’s members, which he claims number more than 35,000, to complain to ABC.  About the network, Hatch says “We hope they know better.”  Oh boy.  There’s that old Mormon haughtiness that I’m so used to from my youth.  Tell that to President Obama who lists Modern Family as his favorite show to watch with his own family.

The network has no comment.  I hope they continue to have no comment and choose not to dignify this with a response.  What parent hasn’t dealt with their child uttering an inappropriate word?  Isn’t this a rite of passage for parents?  As Modern Family creator Steven Levitan told the Television Critics Association last week, he’s “proud and excited” about the F-word plotline that ABC was persuaded to allow.  “We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we’ve all been through this,” Levitan said to

Exactly.  Is America so puritanical we can’t view a very real part of parenting portrayed on a sharply written sitcom?  I am so sick of this uber right-wing conservative base trying to censor anything and everything that doesn’t jive with their personal notions.  Don’t like it?  DON’T WATCH.

It also irks me that with so much wrong with the world someone wants to waste hours of time trying to censor a word that’s already bleeped.  Trying to stop cursing, please.  Try to stop something that matters, Mckay.  Trying to stop cursing is like trying to drink the ocean.  As if cursing is what is wrong with America.  As if parents need this supercilious 18-year-old’s help in teaching our children what is right or wrong to say in this world.  I get so murder-y about this kind of stuff.  I mean, seriously!  Have you seen the crap that’s airing on some of the networks these days?  Blatant sex scenes, brutally realistic murdered bodies laying all over every episode of the millionty-five versions of CSI currently airing, men and women behaving badly on virtually every reality show around, and this teen idiot is worried about a bleeped curse word that is used to portray a normal parenting moment?

Get the BLEEP outta here.

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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17 thoughts on “ABC Urged to Pull Episode of Modern Family Because of Toddler's Bleeped Curse Word

  1. PRL says:

    Kids in real life do this…. I know mine did….. It was horrifying at the time (yet funny in a way) and now it makes a great story which my daughter (now 21) gets a kick out of…… people do need to get a life……

  2. Mandy says:

    Lol – Bang on!! What a ridicules argument: “I don’t want a show aired that bleeps out the word fudge, because I makes it LOOK like a child used a swear word” – Get a life! Or a real cause!

    Also, people need to stop fearing words, that’s how you give words power. It’s just an F’ing word. F*ck.

  3. Diera says:

    This seems way over the top. The young child actor doesn’t actually say a curse word and we the audience don’t actually hear a curse word. What we hear is an ‘f’ and a beep. Any inappropriate words generated by our own minds in this situation are our own f-beep-ing business.

  4. daria says:

    stupid. kids say and repeat all sorts of inappropriate things. big deal. let’s save our outrage for something important.

  5. Nic says:

    The “No Cussing Club”? Are you KIDDING me?! What, is this guy 10 years old? Give me a break..

  6. Diera says:

    I will say, though, anyone who doubts the power of the human mind to make something filthy when it’s not should go to YouTube and search on ‘the Count unnecessary censorship” and then watch “The Song of the Count – Lemon Demon Version”. It is so, so, so wrong. And hysterically funny. (If you’ve never heard of the ‘unnecessary censorship’ thing, it involves taking a perfectly innocent song and adding beeps to critical words. Just goes to show how well beeping actually works to keep our minds out of the gutter!)

  7. Dayna says:

    It occurs to me that the No Cussing Group might only be taking on Modern Family because they realized their efforts would become well publicized. A bleeped out cuss word in the context of parental embarrassment on a sitcom is about the least vulgar scenario that I can picture when I think of all the profanity on television these days. I’m not a right wing conservative by any stretch, but I am a Christian and feel called to demonstrate some degree of morality in my life. I think that a lot of programming pushes the limits of tastefulness these days. This, in my opinion is not one of those instances. The Mormom kid should get the stick out of his er.. ass.

  8. michelle says:

    No one ever has a problem with the horrifying violence seen on network TV every, single. day.

  9. Shandeigh says:

    oh brother. I personally am not a fan of unessesary cussing… but this serves a purpose. This is something nearly every parent has or will go through.

  10. LogicalMama says:

    I’m looking forward to watching it tonight!

  11. Manjari says:

    “I am so sick of this uber right-wing conservative base trying to censor anything and everything that doesn’t jive with their personal notions. Don’t like it? DON’T WATCH.”


  12. Tamsin says:

    Maybe each of those 35,000 members of the No Cussing Club could contribute one dollar towards feeding starving children in Africa. That would be a better, and more realistic, cause to promote.

  13. Paige says:

    I find their request f**king hilarious and over the top. It’s a weird cry for media attention, and just silly. Seriously, WT*, do bleeps and beeps offend you THAT much? What happens when your alarm clock goes off in the morning, people?

  14. TR says:

    this show is on at 9 pm – it is for adults to watch – and they went the extra step to bleep out the f***ing word – it was f***ing hilarious and people have got to start spending their energy on fighting important s**t! The Mormon kid should be redirected, by some intelligent adults, and start fighting the violence on tv and the nudity on billboards my kids see when i drive on the highway!!!

  15. Kim says:

    I am Mormon, don’t think of myself as “haughty” and my kids cuss. Guess I couldn’t join his club.

  16. Allison says:

    Love it! So true!

  17. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    Compared to the oversexualized things we see on tv regularly, especially on daytime soaps, this bleeped word is the least of my worries….

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