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31st Mar '16 5:15:13 PM ObsidianFire
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** A variant was done for the filming of ''Plato's Stepchildren''. The script called for Uhura and Kirk to kiss (the first scripted, onscreen, interracial kiss on TV at the time), but the network called for the scene to be filmed with and without the kiss, to decide later which to use. William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols deliberately screwed up every take of the non-kiss scene, making the version with the kiss the best option. The producers were just GenreSavvy for that: someone mentioned that such a risqué (for the time) scene might get cut short, so they modified the script for the scene to take a lot longer than they intended, so even if the censors would object to it, they could suggest to cut down its length as a compromise. In the end, this wasn't even needed.

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** A variant was done for the filming of ''Plato's Stepchildren''. The script called for Uhura and Kirk to kiss (the first scripted, onscreen, interracial kiss on TV at the time), but the network called for the scene to be filmed with and without the kiss, to decide later which to use. William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols deliberately screwed up every take of the non-kiss scene, making the version with the kiss the best option. The producers were just GenreSavvy prepared for that: someone mentioned that such a risqué (for the time) scene might get cut short, so they modified the script for the scene to take a lot longer than they intended, so even if the censors would object to it, they could suggest to cut down its length as a compromise. In the end, this wasn't even needed.
14th Feb '16 10:53:57 PM Tutankhgeek
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* Referenced On MadMen. When a TV show loses sponsorship for an episode centering on abortion, the Agency has to find new sponsors. How was the episode allowed to be made? The original script featured cannibals.
14th Feb '16 7:43:49 PM thevisualboy37
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* {{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}} got away with many of their adult jokes by using this tactic, according to [[WordOfGod the creators]] in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[http://channelawesome.com/nostalgia-critic-top-11-naughtiest-animaniacs-moments/ Animaniacs Trbute]].

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* {{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}} got away with many of their adult jokes by using this tactic, according to [[WordOfGod the creators]] in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[http://channelawesome.com/nostalgia-critic-top-11-naughtiest-animaniacs-moments/ com/nostalgia-critic-animaniacs-tribute-part-2/ Animaniacs Trbute]].
19th Oct '15 5:16:00 AM TARINunit9
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* It's said that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' does this on a regular basis. Supposedly they shove in an incredibly offensive clip that has no chance of airing on regular TV and isn't even part of the regular script just to desensitize the review board to the rest of the episode.
18th Sep '15 12:43:51 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"We purposely left in stuff that you don't even want in the scene. Because you have to give them something to cut so they feel like they've pissed on it, somewhat. So we left the sex scene, just... basically, we put in every second of footage we could. A [[OverlyLongGag four minute sex scene]], it's just ridiculous. It is not the way it should have been cut, you know, it was bad, it was not even good for the movie, and we ended up shooting, like, extra shots, that we didn't even want to put in there, that we just put in there. You push the line way back so maybe they only cut to here...."''

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->''"We purposely left in stuff that you don't even want in the scene. Because you have to give them something to cut so they feel like they've pissed on it, somewhat. So we left the sex scene, just... basically, we put in every second of footage we could. A [[OverlyLongGag four minute sex scene]], scene, it's just ridiculous. It is not the way it should have been cut, you know, it was bad, it was not even good for the movie, and we ended up shooting, like, extra shots, that we didn't even want to put in there, that we just put in there. You push the line way back so maybe they only cut to here...."''
20th Jul '15 11:06:14 PM 10-13-2
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A form of GettingCrapPastTheRadar (especially if the over-the-top scene is chosen over the toned-down scene, or if the writers often use the Censor Decoy to get whatever they want past the censors and the censors [[WhatAnIdiot keep falling for it]]).

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A form of GettingCrapPastTheRadar (especially if the over-the-top scene is chosen over the toned-down scene, or if the writers often use the Censor Decoy to get whatever they want past the censors and the censors [[WhatAnIdiot keep falling for it]]). Contrast RefugeInAudacity, which often operates on the premise that some offensive content is ''so'' outrageous that any rational person would have to view it as harmless.
10th Jul '15 10:20:27 AM Berrenta
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* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' creator Scott Adams once submitted a strip featuring a cop firing his gun at some suspects. It didn't pass muster. So he submitted a new version where the panel of the gun actually firing just contained the text "BANG BANG BANG". Still too violent, as the strip still showed a cop holding a gun. So as a joke he did a version that was the same as the first one except the cop fired actual bullets ''from a donut''. He did this to point out that it was the firing, not the gun itself that was violent, and that therefore the second one should be acceptable. Joke's on him, it was published [[http://www.dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/00000/0000/900/947/947.strip.gif donut and all]]. An in universe example had Wally intentionally turn in a document in the wrong font. The idea being that the boss always finds something stupid to change, so he made something that was obvious but easy to change.

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* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' creator Scott Adams once submitted a strip featuring a cop firing his gun at some suspects. It didn't pass muster. So he submitted a new version where the panel of the gun actually firing just contained the text "BANG BANG BANG". Still too violent, as the strip still showed a cop holding a gun. So as a joke he did a version that was the same as the first one except the cop fired actual bullets ''from a donut''. He did this to point out that it was the firing, not the gun itself that was violent, and that therefore the second one should be acceptable. Joke's on him, it was published [[http://www.dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/00000/0000/900/947/947.strip.gif [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2005-08-04/ donut and all]]. An in universe example had Wally intentionally turn in a document in the wrong font. The idea being that the boss always finds something stupid to change, so he made something that was obvious but easy to change.
20th May '15 4:07:50 PM NWolfman
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** Some of the writers claim that the network actually left in the decoys ''in favor'' of the stuff it was meant to distract from.



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11th May '15 12:21:44 PM Rothul
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* Creator/DashiellHammett was so annoyed with editors cutting innocent but dodgy-''sounding'' slang terms from his stories that he made a test of their obliviousness using the word "gunsel" in ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''. The editors, assuming it meant "gun-toting hitman", let it through. The actual meaning is an old slang term for "prison bitch" or, more specifically, "passive partner in a male homosexual relationship." It ''made it into the magazine''. (Read more [[http://www.miskatonic.org/gooseberry.html here]]). In short, the term became adopted by mystery writers, to the point that what the censors ''thought'' it meant is now what it ''does'' mean (though the original meaning is still also correct, it has been supplanted in the public consciousness by the new definition).

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* Creator/DashiellHammett was so annoyed with editors cutting innocent but dodgy-''sounding'' slang terms from his stories that he made a test of their obliviousness using the word "gunsel" in ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''. The editors, assuming it meant "gun-toting hitman", let it through. The actual meaning is an old slang term for "prison bitch" or, more specifically, "passive partner in a male homosexual relationship." It ''made it into the magazine''. (Read more [[http://www.miskatonic.org/gooseberry.html here]]). In short, the term became adopted by mystery writers, to the point that what the censors ''thought'' it meant is now what it ''does'' mean (though the original meaning is still also correct, it has been supplanted in the public consciousness by the new definition).definition... and perhaps back again because of people learning about this very story).
14th Mar '15 8:50:26 PM TrollMan
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** For the episode ''The Enchiridion!'', the team used ''[[http://cdn2.artofthetitle.com/assets/sm/upload/ar/qv/98/b8/at_title_card_alt.jpg this]]'' as their decoy so that [[https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4043/4534952905_6875b855ae_b.jpg this one]] wouldn't look so bad. It didn't work and it ended up with more sunshine, smiles and the knife replaced with a baguette.

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** For the episode ''The Enchiridion!'', the team used ''[[http://cdn2.artofthetitle.com/assets/sm/upload/ar/qv/98/b8/at_title_card_alt.jpg this]]'' as their decoy title card so that [[https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4043/4534952905_6875b855ae_b.jpg this one]] wouldn't look so bad. It didn't work and it ended up with more sunshine, smiles and the knife replaced with a baguette.
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