This year's MTV Movie Awards were particularly epic. Why, you ask? I can sum it up in one word, really: f--k. Many, many, many, many F-bombs were dropped this evening, perhaps not a record number for television but a lot nonetheless.
Ultimately it's just a word, but "f--k" has a very colorful history in entertainment. A documentary was even made exploring its life, appropriately titled "F--k." And while I can't show you that doc here, I can guide you through a few of the notable F-bomb moments in entertainment history.
"Catcher in the Rye"
While it perhaps wasn't the first occurrence of f--k in print, J.D. Salinger's use of the word in his 1951 novel "Catcher in the Rye" is one of the earliest. It continues to be a frequently banned book in high schools for a variety of reasons, the F-bomb included. Really though, what better way to get a young kid excited about reading than to hand him or her a great work of literature that also happens to be littered with profanity.
Robert Altman is responsible for some of the finest films in cinema's history, but did you know he's also responsible for Hollywood's first big screen f--k? Most people associate "M*A*S*H" with the long-running TV series, but it was actually a book first and then an Altman film. And it was that film which, amidst the bodies piling up at a mobile hospital during the Korean War, featured the first F-bomb in film.
Brian De Palma's 1983 film "Scarface," for all of its campier elements, is a classic. Al Pacino's Tony Montana is quite the badass. He's also ridiculously profane. "Scarface" features a whopping 206 F-bomb drops. That's a lot. Even in comparison to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
HBO's hit series "The Sopranos" was all about showing viewers the challenges of being a ranking mafia associate while balancing the daily pressures of raising and maintaining a family. It was also peppered with profanity. I can't embed it here, but some enterprising soul edited every F-bomb occurrence on the show into one lengthy montage video.
Video Games: First And Most
The very first occurrence of f--k in a video game was the 1995 adventure game, "The Orion Conspiracy." Despite the profanity -- and a number of other questionable bits of content -- the game only received a Teen rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Also noteworthy is "House of the Dead: Overkill," a 2009 Wii title that features 189 uses of the damnable word. That's a lot of f--k!