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Cruz Is a What? Trump Revels in Supporter's Insult

He repeats her slam that rival is a 'pussy'

(Newser) - It's not every candidate's rally that would prompt CNN to add this editor's note above its print coverage: "This story contains language that some people might find offensive." The candidate, though, is Donald Trump, and the language in question is the word "pussy"—... More »

College Suspends Rugby Team for Necrophilia Song

UMW team also ordered to take classes on sexual assault for party chant

(Newser) - The University of Mary Washington's entire rugby team has been suspended after video surfaced of several of its members singing an obscenity-laced chant describing the sexual assault of a prostitute's corpse. The song was recorded by a student at an off-campus party, per Jezebel ; the student posted the... More »

Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

Florida drivers exposed to latest meme

(Newser) - The construction sign on Boyette Road in Ruskin, Fla., was supposed to alert motorists about lanes being closed. Instead, reports WFTS-TV , its lights spelled out an obscene phrase that we'll list only by acronym: FHRITP. (Click the link to see the sign in full, or almost full.) For... More »

Pope Accidentally Utters F-Bomb

Francis wasn't speaking in his native language

(Newser) - Pope Francis' native language is Spanish, which helps explain the F-bomb that he dropped during his weekly blessing yesterday. Speaking from the Vatican in Italian, he intended to say the word "example" or "case," which would have been "caso." Instead, he said "cazzo,"... More »

No Laughs Over Onion's Super Nasty Oscar Tweet

Satirical newspaper in hot water after calling Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

(Newser) - Pro tip for the Onion: When your joke involves the c-word, it shouldn't also involve a 9-year-old girl. The satirical newspaper is in hot water for one of its Oscar tweets posted last night involving Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Huffington Post has a screenshot: "Everyone else... More »

Massachusetts Town's Fine for Swearing in Public: $20

Keep it clean in public, folks

(Newser) - Say it with us: "Oh, fudge." Anyone traveling to Middleborough, Mass., will want to make sure such phrases are part of their vocabulary, because anyone caught swearing in a public area will now be slapped with a $20 fine. Town residents voted 183-50 last night in approval of... More »

PayPal Tells Publishers to Pull 'Obscene' E-Books

Remove controversial titles or else, booksellers told

(Newser) - PayPal is overstepping the bounds of its role as a payment processor by trying to ban e-books it deems obscene, publishers and free speech groups complain. At least three online publishers and booksellers received emails warning them that their accounts will be "limited" unless they pull titles "containing... More »

Arizona Bill Would Restrict Teachers' Speech

Proposed legislation would punish those who violate FCC standards

(Newser) - Arizona doesn't want its teachers cussing in class—and new proposed legislation would actually make it illegal to do so. GOP state lawmakers are behind Senate Bill 1467, which would require public school teachers to adhere to the FCC's TV and radio standards. That means certain limits on... More »

Aussies to Make Obnoxious Swearing Illegal

Victoria police will be able to slap the potty-mouthed with fines

(Newser) - Don't get too vulgar in Victoria—it could cost you up to $257. Australia's second most populous state is poised to approve a law that will give police the power to fine those who utter obnoxious obscenities in public, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . The attorney general says... More »

Conservatives Pummel Holder as Soft on Porn

But Justice Department says obscenity better tackled at other levels

(Newser) - The Justice Department is shutting down the Bush-era Obscenity Protection Task Force, reports Politico , and critics are bashing AG Eric Holder for not being tougher on porn and smut. "As the toxic waste of obscenity continues to spread and harm everyone it touches, it appears the Obama administration is... More »

Pennsylvania Cops Now Let You Swear All You Want

Cops will no longer issue tickets for naughty words

(Newser) - Say it with me, foul-mouthed Pennsylvanians: Hot damn! It is officially no longer a crime to utter choice four-letter words in the presence of state police. They've agreed to stop citing the public for cursing as part of a settlement yesterday of a federal free-speech lawsuit. That suit stems from... More »

Pedophile's Guide Author Arrested

Phillip R. Greaves II faces obscenity charges

(Newser) - The good news for Phillip R. Greaves II: Outrage over his Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure caused sales of the book to shoot up 101,000% on Amazon . The bad news: He’s now been arrested and faces obscenity charges in Colorado. The 47-year-old self-published author is charged... More »

Spanish Curse Word Costs Teacher $15K

But debate rages over whether word is actually that bad

(Newser) - A New York high school teacher was fined $15,000 for using the word "cono" numerous times in class. Sounds harmless—and it can be, depending on which group of people you're using it with—but the word literally is a reference to female sexual organs, according to the... More »

2 Live Crew Didn't Make Kagan 'So Horny'

Supreme Court nominee argued against banning 'Nasty' rap album

(Newser) - The search through Elena Kagan's work history has yielded an amusing nugget: She went to bat for notoriously sexual rap group 2 Live Crew. In a 1990 brief for the RIAA when she was an associate at a DC law firm, Kagan argued As Nasty as They Wanna Be "... More »

ACLU Defends Cussing at Cops

Lawsuits fault police for arresting potty mouths

(Newser) - Swearing is legal, but some institutions—including Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies—need a reminder, the ACLU tells the Philadelphia Inquirer . The organization is suing on behalf of two Pennsylvanians who were arrested and charged with scofflaw offenses for swearing in public; one of them called a police officer a "... More »

Museum Yanks Nude Photo of Tween Brooke

Pic may violate child porn laws in Britain

(Newser) - The Tate Modern has yanked a nude photo of a young Brooke Shields from an exhibit following a visit by police investigating whether the picture violates child pornography laws in Britain. The controversial photo by New York artist Richard Prince shows a heavily made-up 10-year-old Shields standing naked in a... More »

Fox Anchor Apologizes to Chickens Everywhere

Ernie Anastos sorry for laying on-air egg

(Newser) - The Fox anchor who stirred up a fricassé when he almost suggested a co-worker go pluck a chicken has apologized for his on-air bleep, reports AP. "I misspoke," said veteran New York broadcaster Ernie Anastos. "I apologize for my remarks to anyone who may have been offended.... More »

F&#% a Cluck: NY Fox Anchor Bleeps Big Time

Ernie Anastos has choice on-air suggestion for weatherman

(Newser) - A veteran New York Fox TV anchor is likely in for a peck of trouble after making an obscene suggestion on air about what the weather forecaster should do to a chicken. "It takes a tough man to make a tender forecast," Ernie Anastos quipped to weatherman Nick... More »

FBI Squeezed Deep Throat

Obscenity probe marked the end of FBI efforts against turning cultural tide

(Newser) - The FBI made a huge effort to stop the spread of '70s porn hit Deep Throat, documents newly released to the AP reveal. Top agents and field offices in almost every major city were involved in the probe, in which negatives were analyzed, copies of the film seized, and interviews... More »

After 1st Rant, Boyle Lights Into Cops

(Newser) - Foul-mouthed songbird Susan Boyle not only had a few choice words about a judge on Britain's Got Talent, she also blew up at fans yesterday and lit into a British bobby who subsequently tried to calm her down, reports the Sun. London cops intervened when Boyle screamed at comments by... More »

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