BLEEPING OUT THE B-WORD
During one episode of Friends, two pages of a cookbook got stuck together, fooling Rachel into making a fruit pastry with beef. Much of the comedy sprang from this mistake. As reported by the Associated Press, the Indian channel bleeped out the word “beef,” not wanting to offend Hindus, but leaving viewers puzzled why Rachel’s customers found the pastry distasteful.
But without the censorship, such shows probably wouldn’t be on the air for too long. When it comes to pleasing the government, TV executives know the truth: it’s better to be chicken and cut the beef.Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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