There’s an irritating tendency for people to somehow imagine they’re “superior” because they don’t “swear,” “curse,” or use “profane” language, and can’t stand the thought that it exists. They’re horrified at the very thought that someone, somewhere, might be using the language, and it just burns their poor ears to imagine it.
Mike Huckabee is apparently one such person. While speaking to Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson, Huckabee complained how “trashy” his co-hosts on Fox were because they would swear around the office. It was bad enough, according to Huckabee, that men might be using it, but good God, the thought that women might be swearing too was apparently just to much.
Huckabee whined that it was “worse than locker room talk” and that “This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman. And for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very, as we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”
One of my all-time favorite exercises is to weave words like “contumacious” and “obdurate” together with common “curse words” into a tapestry of gloriously foul language that you need one of those huge Oxford dictionaries to understand completely. It helps to shake the notion that just because you swear, you’re uneducated or “trashy,” like Huckabee claims here.
Huckabee, who had a brief tenure on Fox as the host of a silly and self-righteous show, didn’t identify any of his co-workers or name any specific “profanities,” but he did describe the experience of working in the network’s New York City studios “as a culture shock.”
For someone like me, I thought, ‘Man, this was a different planet’. I came more and more to realize that the cultural divide is significant.
In the South, in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it.
I’m not sure what “South” he’s talking about. The last few times I’ve been down there, the “f-bomb” was every bit as widely used as it is in New York. And surely he’s not talking about the Midwest that I live in, because he couldn’t be more wrong.
Listen to Huckabee whine below: