I was watching some Beavis and Butt-Head episodes and they included one in which B&B were on a late show with a very right wing presentor who openly despised all youth culture. Which B&B took for every band and TV that sucked. Then came this scene: Presentor: You both agree with me on that do you? Beavis: YEAH, THEY SUCK! Shocked noises from the audience Presentor: You can't say that word! Butt-Head: What word? The presentor leans forward to Butt-Head and whispers something in his ear Butt-Head: Hey Beavis, we can't say "sucks"! Beavis: Really? Well that sucks! This is a funny example on censorship, but what's the use? EVERYBODY uses curse words so why all the fuss about trying to block them out? Kids learn those words sooner or later anyway. But sometimes even networks get overboard with censoring such as cartoon network with Dragonball Z. Let's go back to 1996 when the Japanese animated show called Dragonball Z made it's way to the USA where it at first was dubbed by Pioneer. But there were a lot of things in the original version that were considered unacceptable by Cartoon Network, which had the rights to broadcast the series. Dragonball Z is a series with a HUGE amount of violence and with good guys dying and that lead to the show being censored to the point of absolute madness. For example in the US dub as done by Pioneer (later Funimation took over and left the series largely intact) when a character died, he did not die but "passed on to another dimension" the cells of the animation were altered so that the body of the one "passing on" would vanish into thin air. This fact lead to some very important scenes being cut away. Such as the one in which lead character Goku arrives on the battle scene and sees to his horror that already four of his friends have been murdered by the bad guys. In the Cut version he just attacks becoming enraged for no apparent reason, in the uncut version we see him get mad, checking the (Still visible) bodies of his friends growing more enraged with the attackers as he confirms the death of each one. But the "other dimension" itself also got a little modifications: the realm of the bad guys is ran by two crummy Demons called Goz and Mez, they wear these big tennis shirts with "HELL" written across. But the word "hell" itself was considered unacceptable by the censors so it was altered to "HFIL" which stood for "Home for infinate losers" Firearms are another big no no, when leadcharacter Gohan stops a band of Bankrobbers their Gun fights have been removed from the action. When Funimation took over a lot of the cuts were let go and the policy of censoring became a lot less ridgid save for one big exception. And that exception was this guy. This is the grand champion of martial arts, he's actually not much of a fighter (certainly not compared to what the leadcharacters can do) he's actually more of a comic relieve in the series. But he does have his good points, he's for many the father figure they never had, he does give everybody on the planet a hero figure they all can look up to and feel safe too and he saves (in both cases through default) the earth twice. So what's the problem with this guy? His name: his name is Mr. Satan. The original artist who created the series came up with Mr. Satan to ridicule devil worship, in one of the last episodes he saves the planet by convincing the reluctant people of the world to give their energy so that lead character Goku could defeat a villain who couldn't be defeated otherwise. the whole planet reponds by shouting "Satan! Satan! Satan" and lifting their fists up in the air to give their energy. "Unacceptable" or so the US censors said so Mr. Satan was the only character in Dragonball Z that got a completely new name: Hercule. The people who run CN are pretty harsh when it comes to death and anything relating to a hell and demons on Cartoon network. BUT! Cartoon network also broadcasts the famous Loony Tunes and Hanna-Barbera toons. And in those we get to see: 1. Devils and the Hell. For example in Tom and Jerry Cartoons, The devil is portrayed as a big red bulldog with horns Him in the powerpuff girls The red guy in both "Cow and Chicken" and in "I Am Weasel" 2. Death and Murder again in Tom and Jerry Toons Such as the scene where Tom is blown up along with the whole house, which Jerry of course survives unharmed and we then see Tom's spirit fly up on a cloud with angel wings and a halo above his head looking dissappointed because he couldn't capture Jerry. In a particullar loony tunes episode (don't ask me for the title, I could never remeber those) in which Daffy Duck and Bugs bunny lead a matinee and Daffy was constantly trying to outdo Bugs which eventually leads to him blowing himself up, which then has everybody praising his Etherial remains after the bang. Sylvester being shot to death by Porky Pig because he kept him out of his sleep with his tomcat wailing, which then results in having Sylvesters's nine spirits haunting Porky pig. In a Droopy cartoon where he inherites a large mansion a quite a sum of money, the other family member who was next in line began every scheme to murder Droopy so he would get the mansion and the money, his schemes of course failed. 3. Firearms Josemite Sam carries two big guns and is using them constantly. Elmer Fudd does so too. In many episodes of the Powerpuff girls the crooks they are fighting carry guns. Roadrunner cartoons anybody? Tom and Jerry? Censoring, what's the use?