Clean Reader: Hold onto your Panties (or bloomers)

31 Mar

So someone on my facebook posted a link to an outraged author, who doesn’t want to be censored. In a nutshell, fragile folks who get upset with cuss words like books, but could do without them. Kind of like when my dad squints at Netflix and turns stuff off because it’s basically deviating into a soft-core porno (which my mom would probably enjoy…) Hence, the birth of the App Clean Reader – where we change words like ‘bitch’ to ‘witch’ and so on and so forth. Apparently, this act of not being in full awe of the author’s use of colorful language is akin to changing entire scenes, point the fingers at Christians, because hey, why not? (And let’s be fair, if that is all the discrimination Christians get, we’re really lucking out – I’m sorry, but we’re a soft people with soft problems, go to other places around the world and we should be so lucky).

Let me say, I’m for freedom of speech – not in an anything goes, who am I to judge (I think most of us judge, silently; or we fear conflict and we’re cow-toed into silence) – insofar that I don’t want anyone telling me what I can and can’t say, how to interpret a text, etc. I want you to come to your own conclusions, and the best way to do that is to allow you freedom of expression, but also allow for you to decide for yourself what is and isn’t right for you. I could go on about how PTSD is a thing in EMS right now and none of us are as hardcore as we think, but let’s focus, shall we?

I also understand an artist’s desire to protect their work’s intent. I can understand being upset that “they” want to put smilie tassels over your artistic titties, and change your work into something it’s not. Here’s the thing though: this happens all. the. time. People edit videos, check things out for their kids before they see it – and no one is fooling anyone, see the clip below. If I were to send a novel into a house that has political leanings, I’d be surprised if my accepted novel didn’t in some shape embrace the party line.

Honestly, the sort of people using Clean Reader are probably the sort of people who frequent Christian Book Stores. I do – but I’m generally browsing the non-fiction. They are probably reading the ‘sweet’ romances or fiction that is in their set of values – where nary an ankle is described. They probably consider most anything else to ‘worldly’.

I get that you want to protect your work. I understand the concern. The thing is, though, if I were reading that much colorful language and it was offending me, I’d probably put it down even if I really liked it. My morals come first – sort of like if we knew animals were killed in a movie, even if it was good, people would boycott it. (And I’ll read anything – I might skim the sex scenes unless they have a point other than your couple’s true love boinking is better than the rest of us). And, then, realizing there was a whole niche market of people like me, I’d steal your idea, making your blonde a brunette and write the bastardized “Christian” or whatever version. Hey, if Dan Brown can do it, we all can. If clean reader is really changing that much, that’s like hating superhero movies and going to the Avengers for the cinematography. “Gah! So many explosions! Why do they have to have powers? Are they glorifying that alcoholic playboy? At least they managed to get the crane shots right.”

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the TV edits for basically what Clean Reader is doing.

If you don’t know what movie that is from, that little girl liked Marvel’s Thor before the rest of us probably did.

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