Company issues a mea culpa after obscenity-laced episode airs in the U.K.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” made a big boo-boo in the U.K. recently, sparking an apology from Discovery Communications Europe Limited after an episode of the reality series aired complete with a host of f-bombs and other obscenities.
According to independent regulator Ofcom, an episode of the series, which follows the backwoods shenanigans of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family, aired in the U.K. with a barrage of cuss words.
The organization said that the episode featured “five instances of ‘fuck’ or ‘fucking'; 11 instances of ‘shit'; and one instance of ‘bitch.'”
Ofcom was alerted to the potty-mouthed barrage by a complainant whose 6-year-old child was watching at the time.
The complaint prompted a big ol’ “whoops, our bad” from Discovery Communications Europe Limited, which licenses the TLC program. According to Ofcom, Discovery “extended its unreserved apologies to the viewer for any distress caused by the offensive language in this case,” and went on to chalk the incident up to “human error.”
Discovery explained that the episode “had been incorrectly labeled as suitable for broadcast,” and that it “should have been assessed after the edit to ensure that there were no mistakes prior to its fist transmission.” However, “this failsafe was not correctly actioned.”
Well, case closed, then. Now on to the next mystery: What's more offensive — a few f-bombs, or exposing your 6-year-old to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”?