As some of you know, I lost a lot of hearing in an illness a few years ago and I frequently use closed captioning to read the dialog when watching TV or movies at home. When the TV show is live, the C.C. is usually very bad because someone is writing it as fast as someone is saying it, or trying to anyway. When it’s a network show, someone had the time to read the dialog and write out what was being said and heard in the background. Either way, shorthand is sometimes used because the eye doesn’t need to see all the letters in a word to know what the word is probably going to be.
Occasionally, the blunders pop up and the biggest one I’ve seen yet happened this last week. The show was Dollhouse, a new and incredibly bad show: all that is terrible about American TV. It’s sexist and slimy at its best. I watched it a couple times in the beginning because it has a semi sci-fi premise but stopped as soon as I saw the writing was designed for 16-year old kids with overactive hormones. I doubt anyone from the actual production of the show typed what you see above but someone did and nobody caught it before it hit the air and millions of people had the chance to read it. The deaf are probably still laughing online about it; I haven’t looked. But folks like me who just read because it’s easier than hearing can tell what happened as soon as we see it.
I left the shot just as bad as it was coming out of the camera (Yes, the camera is next to me while watching TV.): a shot of the TV using a Nikon and uploaded directly here for your giggles.
Marked for not safe at work because the word clitoris is undoubtedly banned in someone’s worksite somewhere.