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The Emmys censored Sally Field!

September 17, 2007 |  1:32 am

Producers of Sunday's Emmy telecast bleeped drama actress winner Sally Field in the midst of a controversial acceptance speech attacking U.S. involvement in Iraq.

"If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be any god -" she said when the sound went dead and the camera suddenly turned away from the stage so viewers would be distracted. Chopped off were the words "goddamn wars in the first place." (The phrase was not censored in the Canadian telecast.)

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"This belongs to all the mothers of the world -- may they be seen and valued," she added when she won for outstanding actress in a drama series for her work as matriarch Nora Walker on "Brothers & Sisters." While the two-time Oscar winner already has two Emmys, this was her first nomination for series work, and she bested a field that included favorite Edie Falco of "The Sopranos."

Backstage, in the press room later, Field told reporters, "I would have liked to have said more four-letter words up there!

"Oh, well. I've been there before!" Field added when asked what she thought of the gagging. "Good. I don't care. I have no comment other than, 'Oh, well.' I said what I wanted to say. I wanted to pay homage to the mothers of the world. And I very, very seriously think that if mothers ruled the world we wouldn't be sending our children off to be slaughtered."

When she was pressed for further comment, she added, "Too bad. That's a shame. And I think I probably shouldn't have said the 'god' in front of the 'damn.'

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"If they bleep it, oh, well. I'll just say it somewhere else."

Technically, Field's censored words are not profane. A 2004 FCC ruling specifically stated no objection to the use of "goddamn" on TV when making a judgment on the uproar over Bono swearing at the Golden Globes in 2003 where he used more colorful language. See the ruling — CLICK HERE

Field has a history of making controversial acceptance speeches.

Upon winning the Academy Award as best actress of 1984 for "Places in the Heart" five years after winning for "Norma Rae, " she delivered one of the most memorable thank-yous in Oscar history: "This means so much more to me this time. I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to say thank you to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me . . . right now . . . you like me. Thank you."

At Sunday's Emmycast, Fox also bleeped "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl when its camera zoomed in on the surprised winner who gasped an expletive upon hearing her name called.

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UNEDITED VERSION OF SALLY FIELD'S SPEECH:

WHAT VIEWERS AT HOME SAW:

Ray Romano was muzzled early in the Emmy ceremony when he noted, "Frasier is screwing my wife" on Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton's new series "Back to You." Fox bleeped the word "screwing." Last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, Kathy Griffin shocked the audience when her "My Life on the D-List" show won best reality program after losing the previous year.

'"I was robbed and you all know it! Everybody can s**k it!'' she said. "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." Then she added: "Hell has frozen over. S**k it, Jesus, this award is my god now!"

TV academy chiefs issued a statement saying that her "offensive" remarks would be edited out of the taped E! telecast of the awards program that aired on Saturday night.

At the same Creative Arts show, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg won an Emmy for their "Saturday Night Live" song "D*ck in a Box," which Emmycast producers wanted them to perform on Sunday night's show in a bleeped version, but the crooners declined, refusing to be censored.

Fox network did not bleep the "d*ck" word in its own list of official nominations when it was issued in mid-July.

Curiously, the network had no problem airing a racy comedy skit on the Sunday telecast about sex in men's room bathroom stalls. Neither did it bleep Brad Garrett when he looked down at the cleavage of his "Till Death" costar Joely Fisher and said, "That reminds me, I need to get milk," then suggested they star in a movie titled "Bury My Head Between Your Knees."

Fox network issued the following statement: "Some language during the live broadcast may have been considered inappropriate by some viewers. As a result, Fox's broadcast standards executives determined it appropriate to drop sound during those portions of the show."

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Sally Fields is a great lady for opposing the war in Iraq.

The "heroes" and "veterans" and "patriots" who support it can go to hell.

This is in response to Kathy who posted on September 24, 2007 at 10:36 AM

You want to know how Al Qadea got the green light? Thank Bubba Clinton, who's response to the FIVE terrorist attacks on his watch, went unpunished.
Khobar Towers, USS Cole, the American Embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, and the FIRST World Trade Center attack in 1993, got us a wag-the-dog in Somalia and Bosnia. Al Qadea instigated every one of those attacks.
By the way, there were Army SF personnel who had Bin Laden in the crosshairs, and Slick Willie said “No”.

He flushed national security down the toilet, while you anal retentive liberals were fixated on Monica’s mouth-to-crotch recuscitation.
He and ‘algore’ used the Oval Office as a conduit for treason (Chinagate), illegally obtaining personal files (FBIgate), and engaging in some highly questionable firing practices (Travelgate). They were just a few of his numerous felonies.

Let me make this simple:
The invasion of Afghanistan was prompted by its use as the major operating base for al Qaeda.
The invasion of Iraq was instigated by 12 years of nose thumbing on the part of a WMD-wielding terrorist-supporting megalomaniac. U.N. Resolution 1441 gave Hussein an ultimatum and us the specific authority to force compliance, by any necessary means. That included military force. You ought to read it sometime.
We found a substantial amount of hidden WMD along with documents and recordings in which Saddam Hussein emphatically stated his intention to continue WMD development and deception:
1) 1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium
In a joint Energy and Defense Department operation, 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium and approximately 1000 highly radioactive sources were secured from Iraq’s former nuclear research facility, packaged and then airlifted on June 23, the press statement said.
“This operation was a major achievement for the Bush Administration’s goal to keep potentially dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists,” Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said in the statement. “It also puts this material out of reach for countries that may seek to develop their own nuclear weapons.”

Source: http://www.energy.gov/news/1388.htm

2) 1,500 gallons of chemical weapons agents
U.S. troops raiding a warehouse in the northern city of Mosul uncovered a suspected chemical weapons factory containing 1,500 gallons of chemicals believed destined for attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces and civilians, military officials said Saturday.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/13/AR2005081300530.html

3) 17 chemical warheads containing cyclosarin (a nerve agent five times more deadly than sarin gas) “Laboratory tests showed the presence in them of cyclosarin, a very toxic gas, five times stronger than sarin and five times more durable,” Bieniek told Poland’s TVN24 at the force’s Camp Babylon headquarters. “If these warheads, which were still usable, were used on a military base like Camp Babylon, they would have caused unforeseeable damage.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,124576,00.html

4) Over 1,000 radioactive materials in powdered form meant for dispersal over populated areas: “Along with 1.77 tons of enriched uranium, about 1,000 “highly radioactive sources” were also removed. The material was taken from a former nuclear research facility on 23 June, after being packaged by 20 experts from the US Energy Department’s secret laboratories.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3872201.stm

5) Roadside bombs loaded with mustard and “conventional” sarin gas, assembled in binary chemical projectiles for maximum potency

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,120137,00.html

And this bombshell:

“Tapes Reveal Hussein’s plans”: An excerpt: “There also exists a quote from the dictator himself, who ordered the tapings to keep a record of his inner-sanctum discussions, that Mr. Tierney (Bill Tierney, a former Army warrant officer and Arabic speaker who was translating for the FBI tapes unearthed in Iraq after the invasion) thinks shows Saddam planned to use a proxy to attack the United States.” “Terrorism is coming … with the Americans,” Saddam said. “With the Americans, two years ago, not a long while ago, with the English I believe, there was a campaign … with one of them, that in the future there would be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction.”

Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060313-123146-7380r.htm

Read the facts before you act like just another Clinton sycophant.

Thank you Sally Field for having the guts to talk truth. To bad FOX cut you but of course we know it's their style to censor anything that's the truth.

get a life sally!!! It's for the mother's. It
s for the mother's are you fucking serious. All this from a woman who doen't know the first thing about hardships other than her coffee wasn't hot enough during her filming. BITCH!!!! I would rather hear ten thousand speeches by a wounded vet than some washed up actress like you.

Wish it were true that if mothers ruled the world, there would be no wars.....implying that mothers would never do anything to harm their children. Trouble is, how do you explain what mothers are doing to their little girls in countries that do not ban female genitial mutilation?

This is in response to Leslie who posted on September 22, 2007 at 09:15 PM. Talk about a dumb ass. If you're referring to the 1993 attack, Bill Clinton NEVER pardoned anyone. If you're referring to the 2001 attacks, Bill wasn't even in office during that time. Here are the FACTS: Under Clinton, the mastermind behind the 1993 attack, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, was sentenced to life imprisonment for masterminding the bombing. In all, ten militant Islamist conspirators were convicted for their part in the bombing, each receiving prison sentences of at least 240 years. It's the "dumb-ass" liberals, as you refer to them, who are making a difference.

It's been six years under Bush and we're still looking for bin Laden. GET YOUR HEAD AND FACTS STRAIGHT.

Who gives a crap about a dumb ass liberal giving her opinion.

First of all, the iraqis have a right to be free, just like you and me. They deserve to wake up everyday and not have to worry about being killed or raped by Saddam and his sons. (Thankfully, they are dead) We are doing good in Iraq. There is so much rebuilding going on over there and the people are thankful to have us helping.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE IN THEIR SHOES????? AMERICAN'S DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE ARE FREE AND CONTINUE TO BE FREE BECAUSE OF OUR GREAT MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. I APPRECIATE THEM SO MUCH FOR PUTTINTG THEIR LIVES IN HARMS WAY FOR ME.

EVERYONE WANTS TO CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT FOR WHAT IS GOING ON. THANK GOD HE IS PRESIDENT. CAN YOU IMAGINZE A LIBERAL IN OFFICE. WE WOULD ALL BE IN HARMS WAY. BILL CLINTON PARDONED THOSE PEOPLE THAT FLEW INTO THE TRADE CENTER. HE IS THE ONE TO THANK FOR THAT DISASTER. THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT BUSH AND THANK GOD FOR OUR SOLDIERS.

I'm blown away reading the posts from some of you. Sally Field said nothing against the soldiers, nothing against the military, nothing to support the terrorists, nothing against the U.S. Government. All she said was that if mothers ruled the world, we wouldn't have wars. How you can read anything more into that, I can't for the life of me figure out. Jeez...get a life!

KATHY GRIFFIN IS OLD, WASHED UP AND ONE UGLY ANGRY AND STUPID CUNT. NOT VERY CHRISTIAN, BUT HEY, IT'S HOLLYWOOD. , SO YOU CAN SUCK ON MY FOOT YOU FUCKING LOOSER.

In response to Phidippides's let me say this. I am sorry if I offended you. I just would like to see where I am coming from, I AM OUTRAGED ABOUT STARVATION, RAPE, MURDER, MILARRIA. ALL THESE THINGS ARE HORRIBLE, AND IT IS SAD THAT THE ONLY THINGS THAT GET MEDIA ARE THE SALLIE FIELD STATEMENTS. The last thing I want to do is piss others off. I reacted yesterday cause we allow adults to do as they please in our society, and in the same breath are trying to tell our kids they can't do whatever they want. This is not right, Yes Sally has a right to say what she wants, this is a free country, I mean we have senators and political figures who get away with statements that they would have been arrested for 50 years ago. The fact is this, we are adults, we have a responsibility to our kids, we have rights but not to the exstent that it affects our youth in a negative manner.
PLEASE DON;T LECTURE ME ON WAR, RAPE, STARVATION, CAUSE YOU DON;T KNOW ME WHAT I DO OR HOW I GIVE TO THE WORLD. Oh wait see that is what you wanted me to say......Actually you do not know me, what I do, or anything about me. See I was making a statement based on society's actions. You judged ME based on my words. Now you are the judgemental and loppy liberal. It is a revolving door and what goes around comes around. We should think before we speak, I simply stated my opinion and knew it would draw some comments. That is ok by me.
One last thing:
Don't believe everything you hear, not all or even most Christians are unsimpathetic people. Those I have know my entire life, are the most loving, excepting and giving people I have ever known. I hope that you would do something for me. Read Jeremiah 29:11-14, John 10:10 I am not sure if you know Christ or not. but think about what he could do for you. I know he has helped me through divorce, death, and dissapointment.
You made some valid points, and from this point on will approach the situaitons that come up with more tact.
THanks and God Bless Phidippides's

Shame on you Sally Fields. My father was in the army 30 years, Korea, Bay of Pigs,Viet Nam twice, and WWII. It would take one time for someone to say something or disagree with you and you would want all the protection in the world. You are so wrong. If I was a GI and you were in trouble, you know what I would say to you? "Sorry about your luck". Shame on you for being someone people thought they could look up to, and know they don't want to look at you at all. I wish people like you would take your skinny rear and move over were they are fighting and just see what YOU could do. You were someone I always thought a lot of, but when you say hateful things about our country, you not only hurt the men and women that are over there, but their families, and families that fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons and friends that have lost their lives through the many wars. Shame on you!

We are responsible parts of making the world's cultures, economies, and environments successful. Wars damage all parts of our culture, economy, and environment. Every family of Iraq has lost more than one member since the US invaded. Imagine if you've lost Mom and sister killed because say, China invaded because they did not like your leader. Then reduced your power and water, schools and transportation to dust. It is enough to make you undertand that life is precious beyond our small daily sphere. More than 3000 lovely US children/soldiers are gone forever after mothers and fathers spent so much love, time and money to raise them - then lose them for "our oil under their soil".

There needs to be more people in the entertainment industry to speak out against this war. Anyone who can see the corruption and injustice in Iraq and America and not feel anything is dead inside. While the language is not to be condoned, I support what she is doing. STOP ENLISTING!

First to wrr: I find your statements ignorant. Just because mothers work, whether it be in movies or any other profession, doesn't mean they aren't good mothers raising their own children. Sometimes, mothers have to work so they can provide for their children, even the ones you claim are looking for riches. Did you ever think that there are some mothers who continue their high paying jobs or do a movie because they still want to provide a better life for their children. There are a lot of mothers who are single or families that can't afford for both parents not to work. What is your suggestion to them? Are you saying they aren't raising their own children just because they need help with childcare so they can live and make ends meet? I applaud ALL mothers for the sacrifices they make everyday that go unnoticed by others for their children. Motherhood is the hardest job in the world and I don't think you should ever refer to the "tasks of raising children" as "mundane". That is what Sally Field was talking about in her speech if anyone actually listened to what she did say instead of focusing on what she didn't get to say. That she wanted to pay homage to the mothers who have made sacrifices and support their children who are at war and good for her. I think more celebrities should tell us what they really think instead of what they are paid to tell us. Most celebrities swear on television during these things to draw more attention to themselves because they are a flash in the pan and need the publicity. We have seen worse on tv, which doesn't mean that I don't think there should be censorship, but the rules need to apply to all. The network should not be able to say that what Sally Field said is wrong when it isn't against FCC regulations, but then a week from now allow something worse and we have all seen worse on Fox. There are worse things in the world that we should be focusing on. We are so distracted by these kinds of things when we should be paying attention to politics and what politicians are doing and if you're helping the situation or making it worse. Everyone complains and no one takes action. I would bet that more of you post your thoughts than vote. Instead of posting complaints write a letter to any of your government offices or in this case to Fox or the FCC. I guarantee Fox and the FCC aren't checking these posts to see if people are unhappy with what happened at the emmys. If they don't listen write again and again and get more people to write. If they still don't listen run for office yourself or take a job that puts you in a postion to change what you don't like about the world. Be proactive in whatever cause you are interested in.

Please excuse me - on an earlier post I said that Robert Altman was bleeped on last night's Letterman show while saying "goddamn" in a joke about Dick Cheney. Correction: it was comedian Jeff Altman. My apoligies.

oh please, bunch of ignorants She is absolutely right, our dear president doesnt give a damn about how many americans are dying as long as he wins the war. Disgusting,

What Sally said is showing her real colors and disgusted me. We do have freedom of speech but, that is not the venue for airing political comments.

Laurie Manno, and Brett, a Public Service Announcement: YOUR CAPS LOCKS ARE ON. And for you and the other rabid theists posting here, why is it that this Invisible, Imaginary Friend of yours never does any of his fighting for himself, eh? Just once - well, more than once, because, let's face it, if it happens once, it's just a coincidence - I'd like to see this egomaniacal and frustrated control freak that you call God stand up for Himself - or for someone else, even. Geez . . . first Janet Jackson's boob, and now Sally Field with her free speech . . . aren't you fundies worried about starvation, and wars, and child and spousal abuse and rape and little things like that, too? Do you use CAPS LOCK in those cases, too? Or only when you're going all Taliban on our independent-thinking butts?

It seems bizarre how seriously certain turns of phrase are taken in the United States. If anyone were to say 'Goddam' across here (Scotland, United Kingdom) the only reason anyone would bat an eyelid would be be because it's a hrase that's seldom used here.

When she said 'Goddam' all she did was infer that the subject of her sentence (war in this case) was something frowned upon or forbidden by war. Christianity is assumed to be anti-war, so there's really nothing blasphemous about what she said.

All I can say is that the US must be a messed up place indeed when it invades countries under false pretences and then the citizens are in uproar over someones choice of words of all things.

Re: posts by Brett, Laurie Manno etc.
By saying "god" one doesn't single out Christian God, nor any another. Allah is e.g. simply an Arabic word for "god". If you put it in certain context it can mean Christian God, and in another 'Allah' as we understand it. The same in English. The hypocrisy and megalomania of some Christians is disgusting.

There are 8 million comments about Sally Field here so I'm skeptical anyone will read this but nevertheless, here goes.

I have always, ever since I was a child, been aware of the phrase "taking the Lord's name in vain". It's directly from the Bible and warns against doing it. However, I think we as a society have misinterpreted that over the years. Let's break it down. When a woman marries and changes her last name, we say that she "takes her husband's name". Meaning, it becomes her name. Now, if we "take the Lord's name" we are therefore taking his name as our own, meaning, "I am God". Add the "in vain" aspect to it, and it becomes "I am God. I am better than anyone, etc." Vain is the root word of "vanity". Saying "goddamn" has nothing to do with vanity. I'm confused as to what people are upset about.

That said, consider this: Acc. to the FCC, it is NOT considered obscene to say "goddamn" on television. So, Sally Field didn't violate any rules by using that word.

I revel in her spunk. She has always said what she felt and done so quite well. Certainly she has had to endure public ridicule and humiliation at times because of it but that becomes a secondary issue to her. I applaud her for her sentiment and regardless of how she said it, she was 100% correct.

MS. FIELD SHAME ON YOU WHILE I DO CHAMPION THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH & AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION GIVEN TO US UNDER NATURAL LAW, LEAVE "GOD" OUT OF IT, AS HE DOES NOT CREATE WARS ONLY MAN. ONE SHOULD BE THANKFULL FOR ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE COME YOUR WAY, AND IF NOT FOR "GOD" WHERE WOULD YOU BE??? PLEASE DO NOT USE "GODS" NAME THE WAY YOU DID AT THE EMMY'S FOR IT IS MAN THAT HAS FAILED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By cutting her off, I assumed she said something much worse. And it being Fox, many undoubtedly speculated that she made some partisan attack on Bush or Iraq. She did neither; she attacked war. What's wrong with that? All wars are god-damned wars. (After all, it's SUPPOSED to be a last resort.) She said "if mothers ruled the WORLD"--not America--she didn't single out the USA.

Regardless of how you feel about America's involvement in Iraq, no one wants the "god-damned war" to last forever.

Sally should have been able to say whatever she wishes without censorship, and if she was able to you could see the nonsense of her statement - there were no wars under Golda Meir, under Margaret Thatcher ?

 

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