I searched, but I cannot seem to find a comprehensive table that defines or describes what is “ok” and what is “not” when it comes to movies shown on basic cable. So, based on what I’ve seen from watching movies on FX, USA, AMC, A&E and so on, particularly over the past 5 years, here’s what I’ve deduced.
|Machine-Gun Body Damage||OK||OK|
|Nude Female Breasts||NOT OK||OK|
|Nude Female Buttocks||NOT OK||OK|
|Heavy French Kissing||NOT OK||OK|
|Implied Intercourse||After 9||OK|
|Violent Stabbing and Blood||OK||OK|
|Limbs Chopped Off||OK||OK|
|Beheading with Fixed Weapon||OK||OK|
|Beheading with Chainsaw||OK||OK|
|Head Crushed, Close-Up||OK||OK|
|Saying “asshole”||NOT OK||OK|
|Saying “fuck”||NOT OK||OK|
|Saying “ass”||NOT OK||OK|
|Saying “pussy”||NOT OK||OK|
|Saying “the N-word”||NOT OK**||OK|
|Showing Drugs Injected||NOT OK||OK|
|Showing Drugs Smoked||NOT OK||OK|
|Showing Social Liquor Drinking||NOT OK||OK|
** Unless the person saying it is black
The message is crystal clear: Violence, killing and graphic body damage are not only “ok” but encouraged. Sex, graphic intimacy and drug use are discouraged.
Kids: Any questions?