At the Emmy's last night, Sally Field won best actress in a drama series for her work as matriarch Nora Walker on "Brothers & Sisters." She remarked in her acceptance speech:
Surely this [award] belongs to all the mothers of the world. May they be seen, may their work be valued and raised. Especially to the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait. Wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm’s way, and from war. I am proud to be one of those women.At that point, she began her next sentence, "If mothers ruled the world, there would be no...”. But Fox cut off her sound and pointed the camera away from her, censoring the rest of her sentence, which ended, "...god-damned wars in the first place."
Backstage, Sally Field told reporters: ''I honestly believe that if mothers ruled the world, we wouldn't be sending our children off to be slaughtered.... I probably shouldn't have said the 'God' in front of the 'damn.' I would've liked to have said more bleeped-out words, but that's life.''
Some people on the net are saying Fox censored Field to remove the "god-damned". But Fox is more than passively pro-war -- To say the network leads in beating the drums for the Iraq war is an understatement. It seems reasonable to assume they censored Field at least as much for her anti-war opinion as for her use of "god-damned".
Sadly, Fox has a legal right to censor whatever it wants to censor, so there won't be any lawsuits over this.
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