History Main / BowdlerIse

2nd Jan '17 12:37:04 PM skidoo23
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But true Bowdlerizing starts when you actually lower the quality of the art or story in some way in the editing, sometimes as little as spoiling jokes or perhaps making villains not look quite as evil, but escalating to damaging the plot, making dialogue confusing, and making heroes look pure and shiny. And at its very "best", it can make a situation ''less'' acceptable.

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But true Bowdlerizing starts when you actually lower the quality of the art or story in some way in the editing, sometimes as little as spoiling jokes or perhaps making villains not look quite as evil, but escalating to damaging the plot, making dialogue confusing, and making heroes look pure and shiny. And at its very "best", it can make a situation ''less'' acceptable.
acceptable. In many cases (such as the airing of R- and NC-17-rated films on broadcast television or the release of sexual, violent or edgy material in countries where such things are known to be forbidden), the viewer/listener/reader is often left wondering why a release in such a venue was even attempted.
4th Dec '16 2:12:24 PM Pastykake
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* FrothyMugsOfWater: Replacing alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks (usually juice, soda, or water) and hand-waving the drunken behavior as "acting crazy" or [[TookALevelInJerkAss "being a jerk"]].

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* FrothyMugsOfWater: Replacing alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks (usually juice, soda, or water) and hand-waving the drunken behavior as "acting crazy" or [[TookALevelInJerkAss [[TookALevelInJerkass "being a jerk"]].
30th Nov '16 12:56:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* DigitalBikini: Using digital editing to add clothes to naked people or to make someone's clothes less revealing. Can be used in conjunction with BikiniBar, though it has also been used in conjunction with bath and shower scenes (at least when Cartoon Network aired anime), hot springs episodes, or any scene of half-naked characters in a locker room-type setting (both animated and live-action).

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* DigitalBikini: Using digital editing to add clothes to naked people or to make someone's clothes less revealing. Can be used in conjunction with BikiniBar, FamilyFriendlyStripper, though it has also been used in conjunction with bath and shower scenes (at least when Cartoon Network aired anime), hot springs episodes, or any scene of half-naked characters in a locker room-type setting (both animated and live-action).
30th Nov '16 12:53:24 PM Morgenthaler
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* BikiniBar: Strip clubs and other sex establishments have the workers in relatively "innocent" skimpy clothes (usually a bikini) rather than being naked, topless, or in some kind of overt fetish costume.


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* FamilyFriendlyStripper: Strip clubs and other sex establishments have the workers in relatively "innocent" skimpy clothes (usually a bikini) rather than being naked, topless, or in some kind of overt fetish costume.
26th Nov '16 11:25:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbridgedForChildren: If works are edited to remove material unsuitable for minors, though it's just one reason why that trope may occur.
16th Nov '16 12:57:25 AM mugiwara
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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays; for instance, changing [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. Sadly, this cannot be said of most modern Bowdlerisers. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.

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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays; for instance, changing [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, [[MisBlamed and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. originals.]] Sadly, this cannot be said of most modern Bowdlerisers. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.
15th Jun '16 4:55:04 AM Luigifan
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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes). Alternatively, those who know IPA: /ˈbaʊd.lə.ˌɹaɪz/.[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable--different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.

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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes). Alternatively, those who know IPA: /ˈbaʊd.lə.ˌɹaɪz/.[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable--different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.
holes).
10th Jun '16 6:42:53 AM Eievie
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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes). Alternatively, those who know IPA: /ˈbaʊd.lə.ˌɹaɪz/.[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable - different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.

But true Bowdlerizing starts when you actually lower the quality of the art or story in some way in the editing, sometimes as little as spoiling jokes or perhaps making villains not look quite as evil, but escalating to damaging the plot, making dialogue confusing, and making heroes look pure and shiny. And at its very 'best,' it can make a situation ''less'' acceptable.

Censorship starts at editing out blood splatter and cus-words, darn it. But it escalates pretty quickly. [[FrothyMugsOfWater Beer may become water even when it's adults drinking]] - even villainous adults. Cigarettes and cigars might be removed even though it's a bad guy smoking. [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms A six-round revolver can become a water gun or slingshot]]. Then they start warping entire characters to entire show so that a character is AmbiguouslyBi, as if a good guy being gay might encourage kids to be gay - when ironically a good guy being Bi might just encourage a kid to experiment. [[NobodyCanDie Then when a situation presents itself where death should be a given, it's always avoided or explained away]]), removing the idea of consequences stemming from dangerous activities. A girl hits a boy because he got her dirty, instead of because he might be groping her. A scene of a parent hitting their child is completely removed, making it look like they are running away over nothing.

If they really ''can't'' remove a death, they might try to remove emotional depth from it, so somebody doesn't seem to grieve that much over their best friend/lover dying - so now you're encouraged to stifle your emotions. Other emotional conversations may be edited, so characters seem to be friends rather than in love. Vital discussions might be removed because they take place in a bar, leaving plotholes. And at its most extreme, there may be the removal of entire episodes, and you might never even get to see the final season of your show because it's DarkerAndEdgier.

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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes). Alternatively, those who know IPA: /ˈbaʊd.lə.ˌɹaɪz/.[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable - different understandable--different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.

But true Bowdlerizing starts when you actually lower the quality of the art or story in some way in the editing, sometimes as little as spoiling jokes or perhaps making villains not look quite as evil, but escalating to damaging the plot, making dialogue confusing, and making heroes look pure and shiny. And at its very 'best,' "best", it can make a situation ''less'' acceptable.

Censorship starts at editing out blood splatter and cus-words, darn it.profanity. But it escalates pretty quickly. [[FrothyMugsOfWater Beer may become water even when it's adults drinking]] - even drinking]]--even villainous adults. Cigarettes and cigars might be removed even though it's a bad guy smoking. [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms A six-round revolver can become a water gun or slingshot]]. slingshot.]] Then they start warping entire characters to entire show so that a character is AmbiguouslyBi, as if a good guy being gay might encourage kids to be gay - when gay--when ironically a good guy being Bi bi might just encourage a kid to experiment. [[NobodyCanDie Then when a situation presents itself where death should be a given, it's always avoided or explained away]]), removing the idea of consequences stemming from dangerous activities. A girl hits a boy because he got her dirty, instead of because he might be groping her. A scene of a parent hitting their child is completely removed, making it look like they are running away over nothing.

If they really ''can't'' remove a death, they might try to remove emotional depth from it, so somebody doesn't seem to grieve that much over their best friend/lover dying - so dying--so now you're encouraged to stifle your emotions. Other emotional conversations may be edited, so characters seem to be friends rather than in love. Vital discussions might be removed because they take place in a bar, leaving plotholes. And at its most extreme, there may be the removal of entire episodes, and you might never even get to see the final season of your show because it's DarkerAndEdgier.



* FrothyMugsOfWater: Replacing alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks (usually juice, soda, or water) and hand-waving the drunken behavior as "acting crazy" or "[[TookALevelInJerkAss being a jerk]]".

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* FrothyMugsOfWater: Replacing alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks (usually juice, soda, or water) and hand-waving the drunken behavior as "acting crazy" or "[[TookALevelInJerkAss being [[TookALevelInJerkAss "being a jerk]]".jerk"]].
18th Nov '15 9:09:45 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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[-[[caption-width-right:319:[[GoofyPrintUnderwear The overly blatant portrayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear]] [[{{Irony}} really goes against the grain!]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:319:[[GoofyPrintUnderwear The [-[[caption-width-right:319:You know, [[GoofyPrintUnderwear the overly blatant portrayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear]] [[{{Irony}} really goes against the grain!]]]]-]
16th Nov '15 10:40:51 AM BreadBull
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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes).[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable - different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.

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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (as in "port bow" or "cow" minus c) plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes). Alternatively, those who know IPA: /ˈbaʊd.lə.ˌɹaɪz/.[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are less rude and/or offensive. Commonly, this takes the form of swapping "curse" words for [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms.]] The term is used in a negative sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a ridiculously high [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope fear of lawsuits]] and/or [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad need for political correctness]]. Sometimes it's understandable - different countries have different standards, and sometimes all it takes to change a show from something for teens to suitable for kids is the removal of a few swear words, darn it. Others are fairly reasonable for broadcast (editing out blood splatter, the careful clipping of a scene where a character is riddled by bullet holes.
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