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June 11th, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Meredith Vieira was interviewing Kayla Manson, a 13-year-old Florida girl embroiled in a brutal teen beating case, when the slip-up occurred.
Manson is accused of being an accomplice to attempted murder after her 15-year-old boyfriend, Wayne Treacy, attacked her best friend, Josie Ratley, on March 17th.
Vieira asked Kayla about disturbing text messages that were exchanged between the teens at school, where Wayne allegedly threatened to kill Josie.
Kayla replied that she only saw two text messages: “The one where she calls him a rapist, and she calls him a c**t, I mean the one where he calls her a c**t.”


Was she wrong for saying the word on national tv?What are your views on this?
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June 11th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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I don't get offended by words, so I wouldn't care if I heard it. I personally would have censored it (if I worked for the Today show), and if I was the girl I just would have said "the c word" instead of the actual word because I'm aware that the majority of people are or can get offended by that word. I'm sensitive to that. But I've said it, my friends say it, and we don't care. But I wouldn't say it on TV. My mom would kill me. haha.
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June 11th, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Personally I would have censored it, but in the context (relating facts of the case) rather than actually calling someone the name on TV it feels different. I still don't like the word though.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:05 AM
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I dislike the word, but in context I don't think it's awful that she said it. I'm surprised it wasn't censored though.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:28 AM
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Eh it's a word. Is it the nicest word in the world? No. If someone called me that, would I be ticked off? Yes and no. To me saying that word just shows that you are classless. It isn't a word that is part of my vocabulary.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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She was referring to another using the word, so int hat context I'd side on her not being wrong for using it. I agree it would have been better for her to say "the c word" instead.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Eh it's a word. Is it the nicest word in the world? No. If someone called me that, would I be ticked off? Yes and no. To me saying that word just shows that you are classless. It isn't a word that is part of my vocabulary.
Ditto. I cuss A LOT and I don't even use that word. I agree within the context it was used that it's okay; although the "c word" would have been preferable. Also, I suck at using : and ; so I'm not sure I used it right.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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LOL...really it should have been censored.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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Will the Today Show get a fine from the FCC about that?
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June 11th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Would they have preferred vagina, kitty cat, ***** cat, hoo ha or what? She said what the text said. How is that any worse than the f-word or any other supposed profanity used on tv? I guess vulgar words are supposed to be rated now? Some are safe for tv whereas others are not?
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Would they have preferred vagina, kitty cat, ***** cat, hoo ha or what? She said what the text said. How is that any worse than the f-word or any other supposed profanity used on tv? I guess vulgar words are supposed to be rated now? Some are safe for tv whereas others are not?
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June 11th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Word never bothers me. I use it on nearly a daily basis. Just not in front of people and i'd have common sense not to say it on TV during an interview. I can understand why she was saying it though just to relay the text she read. It's not like she was in the middle of some random conversation and just blurted it out which would be awkward.
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June 11th, 2010, 11:36 AM
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She's also 13. It's been a while since I was 13, but looking back I don't really see myself thinking about proper manners and censoring myself.
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June 11th, 2010, 03:39 PM
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She's also 13. It's been a while since I was 13, but looking back I don't really see myself thinking about proper manners and censoring myself.
Oh, they are PERFECTLY capable of censoring themselves. They do it all the time. Anyway, was this live tv?? If it wasn't, that would be weird to not censor it. The girl probably doesn't see any swear word as "bad". But I could be wrong.

When I ask my middle schoolers about something another person said they say "he called her the 'c-word'" or whatever.
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June 11th, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Meredith Vieira was interviewing Kayla Manson, a 13-year-old Florida girl embroiled in a brutal teen beating case, when the slip-up occurred.
Manson is accused of being an accomplice to attempted murder after her 15-year-old boyfriend, Wayne Treacy, attacked her best friend, Josie Ratley, on March 17th.
Vieira asked Kayla about disturbing text messages that were exchanged between the teens at school, where Wayne allegedly threatened to kill Josie.
Kayla replied that she only saw two text messages: “The one where she calls him a rapist, and she calls him a c**t, I mean the one where he calls her a c**t.”


Was she wrong for saying the word on national tv?What are your views on this?
A 13 year old possibly being involved in a beating is a little higher on my What The $#%^ radar than her using the C-word on TV. If she really is involved in this beating, that sounds like was an attempted murder, then I'm guessing her own morals may not really include whether not she should be curbing her swearing on tv interviews. If she is trying to gain sympathy, someone maybe should have mentioned it sooner than the interview. I'm assuming that her link to someone's failed beating death might be a red flag she doesn't have someone to guide her on how to carry herself on tv.

The station has the responsibility to bleep out words already ruled as not ok to say on tv. I'm with Gina wondering if they will be fined.
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June 11th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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A 13 year old possibly being involved in a beating is a little higher on my What The $#%^ radar than her using the C-word on TV. If she really is involved in this beating, that sounds like was an attempted murder, then I'm guessing her own morals may not really include whether not she should be curbing her swearing on tv interviews. If she is trying to gain sympathy, someone maybe should have mentioned it sooner than the interview. I'm assuming that her link to someone's failed beating death might be a red flag she doesn't have someone to guide her on how to carry herself on tv.

The station has the responsibility to bleep out words already ruled as not ok to say on tv. I'm with Gina wondering if they will be fined.
You took the words right out of my mouth. What made me raise an eyebrow in this situation isn't the use of the c-word, it's what she's suspected of doing. This is horrible.


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