Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who gives a flying [deleted]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

It pains me to put the "[deleted]" in that title, but we actually have rough guidelines about this [deleted]. We try to show a certain sense of decorum in our own description of events. But direct quotes? Well, those are direct quotes.

See, last week the Indy published a certain word that rhymes with "puck." (It's also been the subject of a very good documentary—poster below—that screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest a few years ago.) The word appeared in a quote, which means we ran it as-is. That's been our standard since forever — we print things the way people say them, curse words and all. We think our readers are mature enough to know that's how a lot of people, for better or worse, really talk, and we think most readers appreciate that we offer a candid, unfiltered version of life in Missoula.

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But, of course, we got phone calls.

One "longtime" reader couldn't believe the editor would let it slip past him. Another said she was worried about her teenage kid picking up a copy. We understand. We're not arguing with anyone's desire to have the world's verbiage full of unicorns and rainbows. We [deleted] love unicorns.

But that's not how we operate, take it or leave it. (The paper's free, so most of you do both.)

Of course, we're not the only ones dealing with this problem. Fellow alternative newsweekly The Village Voice recently published this article, titled "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script," by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson. It was popular enough to show up at the top of Google news, prompting a few Googlers to complain.

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