Weird moments in censorship

Cartoon Network is re-running episodes of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. They’re being shown after 11 as part of their “Adult Swim” package of cartoons for grown-ups. Pee Wee’s Playhouse was originally a Saturday morning show. What’s changed since when it first ran and now? Paul Reuben’s getting busted for “enjoying himself” in a movie theater. Not quite sure how that changes the content of the show though.

Even odder than that: Watching an episode of Dr. 90210, the “reality” show about plastic surgery, when they show a transsexual’s change from male to female. Now the show usually blurs out a woman’s nipples when they show, men’s nipples are allowed to be seen sans blur. So halfway through the operation, as the doctor slips the saline pouches into the patients breasts they start blurring out the nipples we had previously been allowed to view. Who made that call? How many meetings were held to determine exactly at what moment the nipple goes from viewable to Janet Jackson?

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One thought on “Weird moments in censorship

  1. Well, it’s quite obvious that the moment the nipple should become blurred is the precise moment some dude thought it looked good enough to squeeze.

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