Putin bans cursing in books/films; No one can write “He’s no pussy”

Posted on May 7, 2014

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As I flaunt my right to write dirty headlines, another country is about to lose theirs. NPR reported today that

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law this week that requires books containing obscenities to come in sealed packages with warning labels and that bans cursing in movies and the performing arts. The law is set to take effect July 1, and violators will face fines…

…He adds that the legislation “is supported by religious conservatives, who see swearing in the media as a sign of Western decadence and permissiveness.”

As with every law of this type in history ever signed by any state or country, it doesn’t specify exactly what constitutes a curse word or obscenity. This usually means that a very select few people will use their own personal judgment to enforce the law; in Russia’s case the Ministry of Culture will be tasked.

Before cries of “Totalitarianism!” and “International human rights violation!” flood the airwaves and blogosphere, let’s remember that 1)Russia has ALWAYS been both a thinly and not-so-thinly disguised totalitarian government, and 2) This means millions of people will *most likely* be spared the collective dumbing down the rest of us will suffer from upcoming films such as this one:

The new law is bound to stir up even more civil unrest in Russia, and we can forget about any good films containing an air of realism to come out in the near future (unless the law doesn’t pertain to exported forms of arts and entertainment). I’m curious as to how it will force Russian citizens to be more creative in their language. Perhaps it will even spur the coining of new, not-so-dirty-at-first curse words.

New limits inspire new forms of creativity to work around them. As writers, we need to be experts at finding silver linings. At the same time, I’m fucking thankful to live in America.

 

 

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