“I care what my kids hear, and I don’t want them hearing f-words,” Jim Roscovius commented on our Facebook page, regarding a recent blog post on Carnival Liberty’s hits and misses. (One of the misses was on-deck f-bombing by a D.J. who played unedited music while small children were nearby.)
The decent number of responses we received made us wonder whether this is a widespread problem onboard. And, because we agree that the Lido Deck is no place for crazy language in the presence of children, we were a little shocked to see that a large number of people who commented didn’t exactly share Jim’s sentiments.
While some Facebook posts chastised the D.J. for his song choices, others seemed to downplay the issue by claiming that type of language is heard everywhere.
Cortney Bloom says, “I heard that word in the 4th grade and hear it ALL the time in public…” Martha Fields reinforces that idea with her thought that “Children hear all sorts of things riding a school bus as well as in school with their friends. IMHO adults would be horrified at what the children know.”
Meanwhile, Jive Talkin Fool couldn’t fathom why someone might be upset about something as simple as a word: “…seriously? The F-word? That’s what everybody has their knickers in a twist about, is the F-word?”
Rachel DeFord-McDonough agreed, to a point: “I don’t understand why people are so offended by ‘foul language’. I grew up hearing it but the difference is, I KNEW not to say those words. If you teach your children the difference between right and wrong, there won’t be an issue.”
So, it seems, foul language is everywhere — and maybe we’re all too used to hearing it. Noted Mary Lou Snyder: “Because words like that have become commonplace, even accepted in today’s so-called music and in movies, too many people, including parents, have been complacent.” Steve McGovern agreed: “There’s too much crude language everywhere. Why not the Lido? We’ve become way too tolerant of this behaviour.”
While the debate rages on about how acceptable the F-bomb is on the Lido, one reader maintains her sense of humor about the subject.
“Oh god yes, FAR too much fowl language, everywhere you turn there’s talk of chicken, turkey, duck, even at times…shhhhhh…cornish game hen,” joked Tracey Mandell Steven. We appreciate her sense of humor.
What do you think? Is swearing a problem onboard? Do you have a related story of your own to share? Be sure to leave your comments below.
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