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02/15/2008

(*UPDATED 2/16) OH MY GOD -- TV Land gave in?!

by Jeremy Hooper

**NOTE, 2/16: Please be sure to see updates at the bottom of this post. While it looks like TV Land initially did back off a little in terms of their web promotion, they did not end up scrapping the "OhMiGod" promotion altogether.

Remember yesterday when we showed you how the American Family Association was protesting TV Land because the network chose to use "OhMiGod" in a promotion for an upcoming 80's weekend? Well guess what? It now looks like the network has capitulated to the anti-gay, anti-liberal, anti-anyone who is not them extremist group!

If you go to TV Land's site, you will see that what yesterday read "OhMiGod," now reads:

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And until the AFA issued their press release on the matter, the TV Land site had loaded up by playing an audio ad that was filled with "OhMiGod"s. Yea, well, that commercial has also been removed!

Because that's the way you deal with bullies -- you give in. What next, TV Land, are you going to digitally insert a girlfriend into all of Uncle Arthur's "Bewitched" scenes?! Gonna pretend the folks on "Cheers" were only drinking water? Is the Addams Family gonna go from "creepy and kooky" to "Godly and pro-family"? ::sigh:: Perhaps we shouldn't be giving anyone ideas.

Picture 8-74**UPDATE: Happily, the "OhMiGod" promo is still running as it was intended on the network itself. Here is the audio that we just got off the TV (which is basically the same ad that was running on the web site before it was pulled):


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**UPDATE, 2/16: The "OHMiGod" ad is again running on TV Land's site!!

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Your thoughts

That's really sad that TV Land caved when they had every right to call the show whatever they wanted, and obviously they had wanted to call the show OHMIGOD and not OHMYGOSH. I don't see how you can link saying "oh my god" all the way to "belittling Christians." Just because it's something certain Christians might refrain from saying doesn't mean that when other people do say it they are targeting them. That's like saying that people who eat meat are belittling vegetarians because they are eating meat even though vegetarians are against doing so themselves.

Posted by: Eric | Feb 15, 2008 10:42:56 AM

The AFA needs to find something better to do. I grew up in the 80's and that is phrase we said. Nothing evil about it, it's just a comment. We are to PC in this country today, if everyone would just focus on making themselves better instead of trying to monitor and fix everyone else we would be in a lot better shape. Just my opinion.

Posted by: Supernatural | Feb 15, 2008 4:30:14 PM

Personally, I think you should back off on this one. Some Christians find the phrase "Oh My God!" as taking the Lord's name in vain. They have every right to complain and the network has every right to respond to those complaints if they think the situation warants it.

When people say "That's so gay" it isn't usually meant to be offensive to gay people, but it IS offensive to some. The same goes for "Oh My God!" and some Christians.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Feb 15, 2008 9:23:23 PM

Thank you TV Land for removing those things that offend us, who know of the Truth . I'm an avid viewer of TV Land and a follower of Christ. We Christians will not sit idle while others try to dictate our lives to an immoral and irreverential path...PERIOD!

Posted by: philadelphia37 | Feb 16, 2008 4:22:35 PM

Stupid comments from the "god" crowd. Sorry, but your knee-jerk reactions are why, slowly but surely, the "dark side" of religious extremism (U.S. evangelical christian variety) is winning (if that's what you want to call it). Um, have you ever considered that it could be "god" with a lower case "g"? When I say "oh my god!" I am not referencing your "god". It is a generic phrase and nothing more. Y'all need to lighten up, get over it and get your spiritual houses in order. Frankly, I could care less about "a follower of Christ" and that person's phony, self-rightous sanctimony. Maybe you need a new god, honey. Like, one with a sense of humour.

Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 16, 2008 6:13:10 PM

It is not unreasonable for the majority voice of Christians throughout the U.S. to speak up when needed. Look at how loud the small group of gays squeal for much more insignificant threats.

Posted by: Voice | Feb 17, 2008 5:16:02 PM

It seems to me that this is just another lame attempt of the AFA and their ilk to paint themselves as the "real victims of oppression."

Posted by: Jarred | Feb 17, 2008 6:54:22 PM

I got that e-mail also, and my immediate reaction was, "Oh my God. Can't the AFA find something else to do besides being offended by things?" I nearly spit my food out. "Oh my God" is such a generic, meaningless expression that I can't imagine how anyone would be bothered by it, unless you were desperately looking for something to offend you.

GayMormonBoy: I respect your position, and I do step in when I hear "That's so gay," but this comment isn't analogous. For one thing, no one is equating "God" with some sort of pejorative, as they are in "That's so gay." Secondly, Christians are NOT a disadvantaged minority, no matter how much they scream "persecution." Third, nothing here says anything about the Christian God, so I don't know why they're so willing to volunteer to be offended. And finally, I hear Christians say "Oh my God" more often than anyone else, so someone claiming this "offends Christians" needs to get off his high horse and stop assuming he speaks for all Christians.

Posted by: The Watcher | Feb 17, 2008 11:34:01 PM

Surprisingly, Uncle Arthur did have a girlfriend in his last appearance on "Bewitched" circa 1971. By the end of the episode the relationship failed though (because he wouldn't give up his practical joking ways)

Posted by: Joe | Feb 18, 2008 8:33:55 PM

Well you know how we "uncle Arthurs" are, Joe. Always playing a great practical joke on society.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 18, 2008 8:40:36 PM

I personally never say OMG, because I agree that it is disrespectful to God. the phrase is essentially "crying wolf".
HOWEVER, I understand that other people exist, and are going to say this particular phrase all they want and that I am just going to have to get over myself.

Like it or not, Christianity is part of our culture. Jesus isn't just a religious figure, he's a pop culture icon. Guess what, we make fun our culture. It's part of our heritage, it's part of us, and we have every right to laugh at ourselves. That's what happens when you insist on putting your religion in the public square : it becomes public property. It's fair game.
Everyone in America has Christianity as part of their heritage, whether they wanted to or not. By that I mean they've been exposed to Christian principles and concepts their whole life, probably without even knowing at the time. Even people who haven't ever picked up a Bible know about Jesus, Mary, the apostles, the ten commandments. Athiests in America know more about Christianity than they ever wanted to know, just by it being all over our culture.
The AFA would have a point if Christians were being called stupid. The G in OMG is God, and God belongs to everyone, so anyone can say anything they like about God.

It amazes me that the AFA has the gaul to suggest that nobody at TV Land is a Christian. It might've been a Christian who came up with that campaign. Considering that 80% of America is Christian, it was probably several Christians.

Posted by: Jason D | Mar 6, 2008 3:40:58 PM

I am a Christian. It does ~somewhat~ offend me to hear people using the Lord's name, when not actually addressing Him. However, I don't expect everyone to live by my standards, just as they don't expect me to live according to theirs. Even if I am right, and they wrong, in some manner of living or whatever, does not give me the right to make them live differently. If God Himself does not MAKE me live according to His precepts, then how can I expect someone who does not even "follow" Him to do so??? Like Eric said, with the vegetarian anology- we really need do be more tolerant. I do think people have the right to complain, and the network does have the right to do what it wants. Either way, it would be wrong say, in my opinion, that TV Land were "anti-christian". If anything, TV Land is one of the best family networks; I don't watch THAT much TV, so maybe I'm wrong, but they have a lot of good stuff.
Eddy ~~~

Posted by: Edward | Mar 22, 2008 8:23:01 PM

I use the phrase "Oh my God" sometimes. Usually, I try to say "Oh my gosh." It isn't because I am offended by the phrase. I've just learned that many people are, so it's safest not to get in the habit. When I am around my friends, though (people who cuss excessively), anything goes. "Oh my God" is small potatoes compared to some of the things they say, so I never feel guilty.

Last night, I was at a meeting about a cause that I initiated, and many of the attenders were the fundamentalist Christian type. I guess I said "Oh my god" three times, and my sister caught this. She told me I should start saying "gosh." I hadn't even noticed that I had been saying Oh my god. I was feeling really stupid because I really didn't mean to offend anyone.

So, in summary, I think words should be used with care. We should all be more tolerant--but, until we are, I guess we should watch what we say around certain people. The phrase "that's so gay" is usually not intended to be derogatory towards gay people, but, whenever anyone uses it, I get a little upset. "Oh my god" is not putting God down, so, in essence, it is better. Still, sometimes it is better not to tread on anyone's feet.

Posted by: Abigail | Jun 2, 2009 2:38:30 PM

Umm, so why not a show called "FuckMe"? Or maybe "SuperBitch"? I could go on a bit, but you get the point.

"Oh My God" is a curse / swear phrase just like other words that are NOT used. If we are giong to say swearing / cursing on TV is not appropriate then lets keep it that way!

If we think cursing / swearing on TV is fine then lift the ban on every single curse/swear word out there.

Posted by: Michael | Sep 29, 2009 2:17:12 PM

Michael: "Oh My God" is not considered a curse work by any current book of broadcast standards. Neither is "bitch" (or variations thereof) in most cases. "F**k," however, is.


Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 29, 2009 2:32:35 PM

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