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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.
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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.
30th Jul '15 2:40:14 PM FastFuriousFan
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-->-- '''Network Censor''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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-->-- '''Network Censor''', '''[[MeaningfulName Fox Censor]], a Fox network censor''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
20th Jul '15 3:12:49 PM eroock
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-->--'''Network Censor''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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-->--'''Network -->-- '''Network Censor''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
23rd Jun '15 7:48:39 AM technickal
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[-[[caption-width-right:319: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:The [-[[caption-width-right:319:[[GoofyPrintUnderwear The overly blatant portrayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear underwear]] [[{{Irony}} really goes against the grain!]]]]-]
20th Jun '15 5:14:49 PM Tharthan
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* NoSmoking: Characters can't enjoy a cigarette (be it tobacco-- or, in extreme cases, cannabis, crack cocaine or meth), lest more impressionable viewers imitate what they see.

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* NoSmoking: Characters can't enjoy a cigarette (be it tobacco-- or, tobacco--or, in more extreme cases, cannabis, crack cocaine or meth), lest more impressionable viewers imitate what they see.



* ShesAManInJapan, GetBackInTheCloset, and HideYourLesbians: Changing a gay, lesbian, or transgender character into a heterosexual or cisgender character (and turning their gay or lesbian relationships into heterosexual ones) for less tolerant audiences.

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* ShesAManInJapan, GetBackInTheCloset, and HideYourLesbians: Changing a gay, lesbian, homosexual or transgender character into a heterosexual or cisgender character (and turning their gay or lesbian relationships into heterosexual ones) for less tolerant audiences.



* TooSoon: Editing, delaying, or banning something (mostly TV shows and movies) due to the plot being similar to a real-life current event that may be considered "in bad taste." FunnyAneurysmMoment is similar, but only applies to past media that somehow "predicts" future bad events.

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* TooSoon: Editing, delaying, or banning something (mostly TV shows and movies) due to the plot being similar to a real-life current event that may be considered "in bad taste." to be done in poor taste. FunnyAneurysmMoment is similar, but only applies to past media that somehow "predicts" future bad events.
20th Jun '15 5:11:08 PM Tharthan
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* NoSmoking: Characters can't enjoy a cigarette (be it tobacco or marijuana -- or, in extreme cases, crack cocaine or meth), lest more impressionable viewers imitate what they see.

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* NoSmoking: Characters can't enjoy a cigarette (be it tobacco or marijuana -- tobacco-- or, in extreme cases, cannabis, crack cocaine or meth), lest more impressionable viewers imitate what they see.
20th Jun '15 5:08:42 PM Tharthan
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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Replacing realistic weapons with more fantastic or less lethal (often ridiculous, in the case of ''Anime/OnePiece'') ones.

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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Replacing realistic weapons with more fantastic or less lethal (often ridiculous, silly, in the case of ''Anime/OnePiece'') ones.
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