(NEW YORK) — In one of the central story lines of Wednesday night’s episode of the ABC comedy Modern Family, a young girl repeatedly uttered the F-word. Though she was censored each time, two organizations expressed their concern over the implied use of the expletive before the episode aired.
Lily, the two-year-old daughter of Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet’s Cameron, dropped the F-bomb throughout the episode, including in the climax, when she said the word several times at a wedding. She was “bleeped” — and her mouth pixelated — each time.
In truth, says Ferguson, the actress who portrays Lily said the word “fudge.” He tells E! Online, “We said the very innocent word ‘fudge,’ but people are all up in arms about that. This is not child abuse!”
The Parents Television Council didn’t agree with ABC’s decision to air the episode. The organization said this week, “It’s not suitable language for a child that young in the real world, and it’s not suitable language for a child that young on television, either.”
Another group, the No Cussing Club, had said it was “disappointed” in ABC and encouraged its supporters to contact the network. According to its official website, the club was started by a 14-year-old in 2007.
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