Go into any TV newsroom and it likely it won't be long before you hear someone swear.
TV newsrooms and swearing seem to go hand and hand.
But, now a guy is suing CNN and one of his claims is that there was swearing going on inside the CNN newsroom.
Omar Butcher, a black man who worked as an associate producer, says he was passed over several times by less-experienced white employees. CNN repeatedly used the term “denied” in its legal response.
Now, it is for the court to decide if Butcher was discriminated against or not. But, one of his claims rings a bit hollow.
Butcher says he was discriminated against by co-workers swearing in the newsroom. Butcher says he is a devout Christian and “became increasingly troubled by certain of his team members’ frequent use of profane language.”
In particular, he didn’t like them taking the Lord’s name in vain and says he emailed them asking them to knock it off. Instead, he said, some doubled down on their GD-ing or stepped up how often they exclaimed “Jesus Christ!” as a way to stick it to him.
Also, it doesn't seem like the swearing is going away anytime soon.
Millennials are more likely to swear, something confirmed by a survey last year by Wrike, a project management software company. That survey found that 66 percent of millennials swear at work compared to 54 percent of Gen Xers or baby boomers. Whether it’s because people mellow with age or it’s a generational coarsening was not explained.
Should people swear at work?
I guess not, but in TV news it just seems to go hand and hand.
And if swearing in the newsroom is wrong....I'm not sure I want to be right.
Good luck on winning that part of the lawsuit.