The Assassination of Radio.

I would just like to publicly announce my displeasure that it is now acceptable to use the word ass on the radio.

Not so long ago I remember words like ass would be bleeped out in songs on BBC Radio 1, and the radio DJs certainly wouldn’t be saying it.. But now that’s just not the case. ‘Clean’ versions of songs have the main swear words edited over, but now it’s completely okay to have a clean version of a song containing ‘less severe’ swear words like ass.

Yesterday the daytime DJs on Radio 1 had a conversation in between songs about if men prefer breasts or asses more.

Since when has this been okay?

Personally, I don’t actually have a problem with swearing. I mean I don’t encourage it or anything, but I’m certainly as guilty of it myself as the next person is. But however hypocritical that might seem, I would never swear publicly, and certainly not in front of a child.

Quite simply, I wouldn’t want my children in the future to be hearing words like that, words that they would be told off if they repeated at school, used in such a casual way every day on the radio.

Maybe I’m starting to sound like an old lady, but I genuinely think it’s quite sad that mainstream media has really started to crumble into vulgarity, not simply for entertainment, but for general conversation. And this is coming from an 18 year old who actually listens to stuff on mainstream radio for enjoyment. I can’t imagine what the older generation thinks of it.

As I said, I don’t really have a problem with it myself, but young children hear stuff and think it’s okay, even normal, to speak that way. And it isn’t. At least not when you’re that young.

I just think loss of innocence comes way too early in life now. Childhood is becoming shorter and shorter. When I was 10 years old, I was wearing dungarees, playing with dolls, and all boys had boygerms and shouldn’t be touched. Now I’m seeing more and more 10 year olds wearing short skirts and lipgloss, and having mobiles, boyfriends, and eating disorders.

Anyway, rant over.

I’d love to hear your opinion on this one. Do you agree?