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'Saturday Night Live' Honor System Fails Again

Hey, remember that "honor system" "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Washington Post's Tom Shales last week was firmly in place at his show, preventing on-air talent from uttering naughty words -- except two Saturdays ago when new cast member Jenny Slate uttered one of them, sending her into an ecstasy of pain considerably worse than that experienced by anybody who watched the skit Michaels assured Shales?

Well, the honor system took another week off this past Saturday when music guest Lady Gaga went ahead with her tune Paparazzi which included the snappy lyrics:

"Real good, we dance in the studio

Snap, snap to that s*** on the radio

Don't stop for anyone

We're plastic but we still have fun"

But The Reporters Who Cover Television, who went into orbit over Slate's season-debut slip, did not notice "SNL's" second slip in two consecutive weeks -- probably because they had by Saturday been worn down to a pale shadow of themselves from the exertion of covering David Letterman's stunning revelation he had had sex with women in his show.

Naughty word slippage is actually a time-honored "SNL" tradition, one of NBC's TV stations reminded us on its Web site the morning after Slate's debut-debacle.

In addition to the infamous incident in 1981 when "SNL" player Charles Rocket uttered the same word Slate had used two weekends back, "SNL" player Cheri Oteri put a buck into the "swear jar" at the end of the show in 1995 after using the Lady Gaga word. And two years after that, Norm MacDonald used the Slate Word on "Weekend Update."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 5, 2009; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  | Tags: Jenny Slate, Lady Gaga, Lorne Michaels, Norm MacDonald, SNL, Saturday Night Live  
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Wait. Can you really print that on the website? If so, how come it's usually [something'd] out for other WaPo stories?

Posted by: lord_rockumus | October 5, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Omigod, it's Lady Gaga!
Hide the kids- she just said CACA!

Posted by: justmike | October 5, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

What puritanical prudes we Americans are. The whole concept of "bleeping" a word on TV/radio is unknown in Europe. Indeed, this uniquely American exercise in infantilization evokes laughter from citizens of more civilized countries.

"Land of the Free," my ass. [Wait, can I say that?]

Posted by: DupontJay | October 5, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ihatelogins | October 5, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Lisa - Your list of SNL "incidents" left out the time the lead guitarist/co-vocalist for System of a Down let fly with an F-bomb that was not part of the song's lyrics.

Good times . . .

Posted by: NotDoc | October 5, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow...from a show that bashed Sarah Palin into the ground! Seems like good ole corrupt NBC is losing traction...

Posted by: schrute | October 5, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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