As I was watching the Golden Globes this last weekend, I was surprised by something that happened repeatedly throughout the broadcast. When the word Christ was used, it was censored as if it were a swear word. This most notably happened during Robert De Niro's acceptance speech. It also happened right from the start of the show with the opening monologue from Ricky Gervais (who was quite brutal if I might add - funny, but brutal.)
The first time I saw it I thought, oh, this must be just an audio glitch. Every time "Christ" was uttered, it was censored. Now, one might make the argument that it was done out of respect..... please. Hollywood does not respect Christ. Plus, if this were out of respect, then the final joke of the evening would have to have been censored as well. "Thank you God for making me an atheist."
Am I surprised by this? Not really, yet at the same time I am, because I never thought that the organization and the people who constantly champion freedom of expression and battle against censorship seem to have no problem with censoring anything that might condemn their capitalizing on immorality. The Golden Globes are awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press - a media outlet censoring? Does that not seem crazy? I know that isn't NBC doing it either because they say that all the time on other NBC shows.
Not sure how many people even noticed it, but a few did anyway.