As the furthering sign that Russia is again having Communist era pangs, the country is about to enact new anti-profanity laws in all their media. That means any movies, books, music, or live entertainment in Russia won’t have a single curse word without the Russian government imposing stiff fines. And all existing media with profanity will now carry warning labels letting people know they may be in for a profanity barrage if watching media from America.
As alarming as this all sounds to those who appreciate the First Amendment here in America, there’s an interesting parallel here to us. While it’s the polar opposite of what man-made government will ever allow here, the idea of government truly enforcing their policies may be in direct comparison to how the U.S. runs things. That’s because there’s still plenty of unknowns about whether Russia will truly enforce their profanity laws.
Will they go after profanity with a true Iron Fist as they would have back in the Soviet era? Or is it just a law in writing that’s meant to be danced around as America frequently does with similar standards and practices on TV?
Dancing with the Laws
While American TV still has their FCC rulings on commercial TV not allowing profanity, we’re obviously seeing the lines on those laws starting to blur. This next season of TV might be bringing new shows that will blur that line even further for the sake of trying to keep up with cable TV. Even more so, network TV has already crossed the boundaries of some language used that we never would have heard on TV just 20 years ago.
When those lines are crossed, the FCC barely makes a move to fine anybody. And even when someone goes on an ‘F’ word tirade on a late-night show, there hasn’t been much of any enforcements to show they mean business. It’s made FCC rulings a bit of a farce that hasn’t been lost on anybody. Much of it probably has to do with the reality of everyone hearing so much profanity now that it’s lost all meaning. Even those running the FCC likely let things go because they realize they’d look like prudes if they cracked a whip not unlike the ancient Hays Code.
Other than taxes and federal drug crimes, many laws in America are simply becoming too lax. The latter two have even softened to some extent, despite some examples of overzealousness to show that we still mean what we say sometimes.
Now we have to wonder if Russia will be paralleling America more than we or they think in coming years if President Putin continues his mighty conservative march.
Has Democracy Spoiled Russia?
It’s been 23 years now that democracy has had a chance to infiltrate everything in Russia. No doubt they’ve made a point that democracy is far from perfect as we constantly note ourselves. Regardless, with two generations growing up in a democracy and likely hearing profanity in media, the government in Russia may operate similarly to our own FCC. Their new profanity laws may simply be in writing while tough enforcement may be overly lax through insiders who secretly protest the Putin regime.
Yes, that might also gives images of a Hitler-like Putin taking those law enforcers to the gallows. Or, it could even mean Putin himself being torn in half due to experiencing 23 years of the realities of entertainment in his own country. With likely some Russian profanities thrown around in his own inner circle, his government may be the next hypocritical coterie running the show.
Reports are they’ll already be more lenient on musicians, even though they’ll still have to pay fines if they use profanities. In that regard, all artists there may be living in a country that hasn’t really changed, other than getting used to writing a check for every four-letter word used for the sake of expressionism and profit.