The Internet’s one-stop shop for profanity

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The FCC and Congress can debate the use of “fleeting profanity” on broadcast TV until the f-ing cows come home. In the digital age, Americans can get their fix of naughty words (from top stars, no less) on Web venues like No Good TV (NGTV), which officially launches this week and aims to provide studios with an edgy, “hard-R-style” promotional platform. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirsten Dunst and Topher Grace of Spider-Man 3 recently participated in a swear-fest on the site (Kirsten Dunst, edgy?), while Robin Williams used the f-word 25 times in a two-minute segment. (By his standards, that may have been somewhat restrained.) The whole thing’s ridiculously contrived to generate shocks and cheap laughs—so of course it already ranks as YouTube’s top channel partner this month. To cop a phrase from a certain Irish rocker, that qualifies NGTV’s strategy as …

—Posted by David Gianatasio