Poor Justin Kraemer. Perhaps caught up in enthusiasm for Anchorman 2 and its PR blitz, he signed off his KSNW newscast with the memorable line, “Let’s get the F— out of this place!” and was duly canned the next day.
Television and film censorship has been a hot topic on many fronts recently. Singer Miley Cyrus has called out America on its ideas of what’s okay and what’s not okay to show on screen with her support of the Free the Nipple Campaign, along with her statements in her interview with Rolling Stone in September where she pointed out the ridiculousness that cooking meth on TV is acceptable, but saying the f-word is not.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood also called out the Motion Pictures Association of America via Twitter on Nov. 27, for their practice of allowing extreme violence and drug use on screen while censoring nudity and sex like they did with her newest film, Charlie Countryman, by removing a scene where Wood’s female character receives oral sex from Shia LaBeouf’s male character. Wood said, “The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable,’ but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered.”
The backwardness of censorship in the U.S. paired with the unpredictability of live television means that often it’s news anchors that give us the best f-bomb bloopers. Anyone remember back in 2009 when the WNYW Fox 5 New York news anchor, Ernie Anastos, said “Keep f—– that chicken,” on air in the middle of a newscast? How could we forget? It was all over the New York Daily News and Jon Stewarts’ The Daily Show, is now mentioned on Anastos’ Wikepedia page and the phrase even has its own definition on the slang website, Urban Dictionary, where it is credited to Anastos. By the way, the uncouth turn of phrase left many viewers at the time scratching their heads wondering, “WTF?”
Now there’s another blooper to add to the list of profanities dropped on air. NBC affiliate KSNW out of Wichita, Kansas news anchor Justin Kraemer really hates his job, or so it seems as he officially ended his Saturday night newscast with a solid “Let’s get the f— out of here.” The video has gone viral after being featured on Gawker, The London Daily Mail, New York Daily News and even mentioned during one of Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologues.
According to The Wichita Eagle, Kraemer was fired Monday morning for his on air slip, a decision made by the network that he says he completely understands. Numerous comparisons have been made to Will Ferrell’s fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy’s more direct sign off when he said “Go f— yourself, San Diego.”
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