‘Modern Family’ Curse Word Causes Stir

A two-year-old who is reportedly seen saying a curse word (the word is bleeped out on the program) on tonight’s episode of the ABC prime-time comedy “Modern Family” has raised the ire of an anti-cursing group with more than 35,000 members worldwide.  The Associated Press reports:

“Our main goal is to stop this from happening,” said McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007. “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.”

“We hope they know better,” said Hatch. He’s asking his club’s members, whom he said number 35,000 in the United States and about three-dozen other countries, to complain to ABC.

ABC has yet to respond, he said Tuesday. The network had no comment, a spokeswoman said.

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 dads, who are preparing Lily to serve as flower girl in a wedding, now have an added parenting challenge.

The tot is played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who says the word “fudge” during taping. It will be bleeped on the air and her mouth will be obscured by pixilation, and viewers will get the impression that her character used the actual F-word.

(Image via: http://abc.go.com/)


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  1. by Cindy

    On January 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    News flash: toddler saying a curse word happens in real life. Even the best parents who don’t go swearing around the house find this happening. The whole idea of the show is to show weird normalcy in life. The actor didn’t say a curse word. You didn’t hear or see the curse word. If you’re going to get upset about something, spend your energy on poverty or war.

  2. by Sandra

    On January 19, 2012 at 6:18 am

    It’s not even a child actually cursing- its the illusion. I can honestly say I’ve heard some pretty nasty words come out of toddlers mouths before, so a show about families bleeping out the word fudge shouldn’t offend anyone’s sensibilities. This is a non-issue; they should make a fuss about something a bit more important.

  3. by Steve

    On January 19, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Oh get a life. That episode was funny. I have three little girls that I know I wouldn’t think it was so funny if they did that in real life, but get over yourself. It is television and it is meant to be funny.