Getting Crap Past the Radar
aka: Radar
When you see it...Give up? 

"The stuff they're gettin' away with on kids' shows these days..."
Yakko Warner, Animaniacs

Getting Crap Past the Radar refers to instances when a writer, artist or other creator puts inappropriate content into their material that would be shocking not only to the Media Watchdogs and Moral Guardians, but to everyone else, sneaking it past the censors by using implication or allusion rather than stating it straight out. Often, what makes it shocking is not the specific content, but that it is out of keeping with its context. Most examples are found in materials aimed at children or shows alleging to be family-friendly. The way these examples are used in such media directed towards children of family is mostly through disguising the inappropriate material as something more appropriate so it could visibly slip through the eyes of sensitive viewers And there are times when creators will do this even when they don't have to, simply because it's funnier than being blatantly vulgar.

Compare Parental Bonus, which is when a reference to something only adults get is included. Contrast with Defying the Censors, in which the creators actually fight to have their controversial work be shown to the masses. See also Crosses the Line Twice (which is often the end result of excessive Getting Crap Past The Radar or slipping by blatantly inappropriate content). See also Censor Decoy.

Important note for editors: To qualify for this trope, content must meet three criteria:
  • There must be Radar: It must be in a medium and format where Media Watchdogs exist and actively censor content. Self-censorship does not count.
  • There must be Crap: It must be something that a reasonable person would expect to be censored by said Media Watchdogs. Parental Bonus, Ho Yay and Les Yay do not count.
  • The Crap must get past the Radar: The inclusion of the content must be intentional, and the creators of the work must be aware that it ought to be censored. There should be a deliberate effort to slip it past the Media Watchdogs. Accidental Innuendo does not count. If the works actually lampshade the material in media itself then it also does not count.


Alternative Title(s): Getting Crap Past The Censors, Get Crap Past The Radar, Crap Getting Past The Radar, Radar