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Thursday, December 23, 2004

With Friends Like These, You Need Lawyers

Hypothetical: Let's say you're holding a draft of a Friends script. Is it wrong to blacken out the title in such a way to spell out "penis"? If the script was from season 7 on, it would probably be the funniest thing about it.

How about talking about "fucking," "blowjobs," and simulated masturbation in a writer's meeting? Is that wrong? Or making disparaging remarks about the stars and their sexuality, including but not limited to their preferences, talents, and... um... genital dryness?

These complaints sound like they come from every writers' meeting I've ever been in- and I've never worked on a number one sitcom. Yet the harassment lawsuit from a former Friends writer's assistant is about to hit the California Supreme Court. What kind of country do we live in where we can't freely discuss genetalia in the workplace? It's political correctness gone mad!

If you haven't read the complaint, read it now at TheSmokingGun.com. It's worth it!

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