There’s A War On But The Network Brass Doesn’t Want Sally Field Telling You About It

September 17th, 2007 // 116 Comments

Sally Field won an Emmy and then tried to protest the war, but she got her ass censored. I’m of two minds about this. Part of me is wow, actual free speech. And – like god forbid anyone talk about anything real – you might upset Ryan Seacrest and the one 80-year old World War II veteran in Biloxi who thinks we should still be over there doing god knows what and losing American soldiers daily for oil and defense contracts and because our President is a Jesus freak retard. Why are you censoring her ass? Isn’t that what the country is all about? Real problems and not “American Idol”? But the shallow part of me thinks that damn, Sally, I just want to hear people read badly off a teleprompter and bag on ulgy dresses and watch closeups of shattered faces when certain names aren’t called for the win. Oh, and hope for a shot of Joey Fatone’s butt. Why you gotta make everything all heavy and stuff, Sal? The shallow part of me is one of the reasons our country is going to hell and the world hates us, by the way. Multiply my apathy by the population of North America.

“That’s too bad,” the Lead Actress in a Drama winner said afterward (and matter of factly) of the uproar. “I wanted to say something about the mothers who wait for their children to come home. I wanted to acknowlege them and what they do. I said at the end there is no question, that if mothers ruled the world there would be no war.”

Pressed to elaborate on Fox’s bleeping, Field again shrugged, “Oh well. I’ve been there before. Good. I don’t care. I said what I wanted to say. I really think that if mothers ruled the world we wouldn’t be sending our children off to be slaughtered. That’s what Nora Walker is [about], she’s this mother and she sees life through that.”

I’ll get off my half a soapbox now.

Many more Emmy Red Carpet and Press Room photos (Thomas Hayden Church, Helen Mirren, Robert Duvall, Sally Field, Tina Fey, Conan O’Brien, John Stewart, Jamie Pressley, James Spader, America Ferrera, and more) taken by our very own Wayne Ford are after the jump.

By J. Harvey
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  1. T-Bone

    I used to love Sally Field, but now find her incredibly overly dramatic (both on screen and off). And something tells me that if the “mothers of the world” and their children were being provoked and attacked (with lives and rights threatened)old Sally would be the first to fight.

  2. Jinxy McDeath

    Irrefutable proof that our most precious rights as Americans are being undermined – The neocons have done hachet job on our rights to ensure a few profit at the expense of the majority. Sad.

    I wonder how long it will be before jackboots start dragging disenters out of their homes holding them with out a right to representation, or a speedy trial? Oh yeah…

  3. NSC

    I believe she was cut because she went too long AND she said “god dammed war.”

    As to dragging people out of bed – the communists did that plenty and they are certainly not right-wingers.

  4. Sarah

    Thank you T-Bone. Fighting for your country when it’s attacked does not make you a jesus-freak retard. On a personal note: as a marine, it’s nice to know that what I went through over there was greatly appreciated by those of you at home. Christ.. I’m all for free speech, but a lot of people are using it to criticize US, not them. How cowardly is that?

    I know plenty of marines who would gladly come home and leave you all to your own devices, if you HONESTLY think it’s pointless for us to be there…

    This post pissed me off more than anything I’ve seen since coming home. So ignorant.

  5. Jrez

    Oh jesus fucking christ, people, she got bleeped because she said GODDAMN, not because Bush controls the Emmys.

    And to all the raving nuts out there who think that evil neocons are going to send jackbooted thugs to take you away, you know who you assholes sound like? The crazy militia members in the 90′s who were hiding in the hills because the UN was sending black helicopters to spy on them.

  6. Runningmoth

    She got her ass censored for saying goddamn on national television, not because of the war comment.

  7. stolidog

    “our President is a Jesus freak retard.”

    I L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. J. H.A.R.V.E.Y.

  8. LoRider

    UnFreakinBelievable. Now they are saying that Hollywood is in league with Bush. This is the same Hollywood that fawns endlessly over Hillary Fuckham Clinton even after she has the unmitigated gall to call Gen Petraeus a liar in front of the senate and disparages every man and women in uniform fighting for this country. PHUCK you left wing ADD pricks who think this war is about oil and big business – you have no memories whatsoever of what started this war in the first place and have somehow re-written history to blame it all on the president. The bad guys in this scenario are the phucking ALLAH-freaks over THERE, not the Jesus freaks over here.

    Dumbasses.

    Ride Lo

  9. krystyn

    ahahah, PSYCHOS! isn’t there a pro-war message board you can all post on?

    Yes Yes Yes, the war is just, we were attacked, this isn’t about oil, etc etc etc.

    NEXT!

  10. TheFlyingNun

    STFU Sally/Gidget, get off your soapbox, say thank you for an award you didn’t deserve and go the fuck home. Thank you. That is all.

  11. Just a Thought

    I’m posting this under a different name than usual b/c I’m going to get my ass ripped apart for saying this…

    1) I think she got censored for dropping GD on tv.
    2) I AM AGAINST THIS WAR
    3) I THINK BUSH IS A MORON
    4) PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY WE INVADED IRAQ?
    5) I UNDERSTOOD ABOUT GOING AFTER BIN LADEN.
    6) I WAS SADDENED GREATLY BY 911.
    7) I no longer say the pledge of allegiance or fly the flag.
    8) I no longer believe in what this country is standing for.
    9) I want nothing more than for the troops to come home. I have relatives and friends in Iraq right now, and I want nothing more for them to be safe and be home.

    and… personally…

    10) I think we had 911 coming to us. I’m NOT saying 911 was right by any means, and I think the people who did it have a special place in hell right now (although they do not beleive in hell from my understanding of their religion).

    11) I do not think we are going to be attacted by terrorists anytime soon. We will be attacked again, no doubt, but no time in the near future. I think MANY of us have been controlled by fear that is, seemingly, placed by the media. This includes what is said in the speeches given by the president.

    12) I do not think by helping the Iraqi people achieve the same freedoms as the U.S. is going to protect ours any more.

    So before you go telling me I need to support our president and this war, please realize that you will never accept my opionion any more than I will accept yours. We will each think we are right on our own grounds.

    That being said- FUCK BUSH.

  12. If you critize the war on FOX, you get censored – simple as that.

  13. Logan

    I have family serving in this war. If I was told I could not say something negative about the war, told to shut up or else, my family serving in the war would be pissed! What the hell do you think they are fighting for in the first place?

  14. Katie

    Anyone who is able to justify this war isn’t being honest with themselves.

    Good for her. She’s right. This war is out of control and we need to stop pretending it’s not there.

    War isn’t solving terror.

  15. Jill

    she got censored for dropping the GD.

    And I personally believe if women ruled the world there would be MORE war. Ever been to a clearance sale? Women are ruthless.

  16. LoRider

    “We had 9/11 coming to us”? You are a pscychotic asshole who cannot be reasoned with. If you can’t say the pledge of allegiance and can’t fly the flag, find somewhere else to live – I promise we won’t miss you.

    Ride Lo

  17. stolidog

    Anne Coulter is disguising herself as LoRider again, huh?

  18. Amazing

    Sarah – thank you for your service – I believe we ARE safer because of bravery displayed by you and your fellow warriors.

    the woman was censored for saying GD, NOT because of her very mild rant about the war.

    And those of you who hate America so much, if you are still living here, there are many other countries on this earth who will gladly accept your citizenship. Pack a bag. Get out.

    And to stupidly believe that we will NOT be attacked again is a joke. The Bearded One JUST said that it will happen on one of his little tapes he likes to send out. HOW exactly did we have 9-11 ‘coming to us’??? The stupidity of some people on here is mind-bending.

  19. Bunny

    I personally don’t need anyone killing another person for me. So, yes troops please come home and leave “us” to our own devices. There are certainly times when you have to be physical but there are also times when you have to be realistic when its not working. There is a difference between respecting the sacrifice made by the troops and not believing in the war that they are fighting. I don’t see why people don’t understand this. I don’t support the war but I also don’t want our troops or Iraqi citizens to be slaughtered. And I am sorry you can not hold a whole nation responsible for a group of radicals. How were these Iraqis suppose to stamp out terrorist when we with all of our guns and money can not? If we are hold members of the larger group responsible for the actions of some, then all males over the age of 18 need to be lined up…to answer to the countless rapes committed during times of war or just whenever the opportunity arrives. Is this okay? And yes our soldiers rape women too.

  20. LindaB

    I agree with you “just a thought”. You have the right to think it and speak it just as those who disagree with us do. Sally Field has a right to say what she believes. I happen to agree with her also. I cry every morning when I read the newspaper reporting how many died in Iraq the day before. Disagreeing with this war in no way indicates not supporting our troops…those are our kids who dying there. Every one of them has a mother who raised them with her heart and soul invested in that child. It is our blood that is being shed there….we have a right to speak and be heard.

  21. jl

    Uhm, can the editors of this website block out all commenters from the flyover states? They act as if the terrorists are coming for their corn silos. It’s us on the coasts who are at danger and we still believe in free speech no matter what. Serving in the military does not give one carte blanche to hinder others who want to speak their minds.

  22. T-Bone

    Exactly, the fact that she was censored had NOTHING to do with what she was saying and EVERYTHING to do with how she said it. Seriously, how many celebrities have talked about ending wars or freeing Tibet and so on on award shows???? HUNDREDS/THOUSANDS??? And they haven’t been censored at all. She was bleeped out because she said “God-damn”.
    But I digress — Sally Field’s comment was simplistic at best and had no merit, whether you’re for or against this war. Because NO ONE can say WHAT they would do if their children’s lives and rights were threatened. And I truly believe that a mother would fight first if her kids were in danger. So her comment was ridiculous, in my opinion of course.
    And sorry folks, some good things have come from war including,
    the end of slavery
    the United States
    the end of Adolph Hitler
    Democracy
    Human Rights
    the end for many tyrannical rulers
    religious freedom
    And much more.
    Some things are worth fighting for, and freedom is one of them.

  23. T-Bone

    jl – you’re comment shows how ignorant you are and nothing more or less. All of it affects all of us.

  24. T-Bone

    YOUR COMMENT — whoops…

  25. Ugh

    If someone has to explain to you why we’re at war you need to wake up and lay off the drugs. Duh. And anyone that doesn’t back the war has never lost someone from a terrorist act. Thank God we have men and women that will protect the ones that are too ignornat to see they’re fighting for us, and the ones that care nothing about anyone but themselves are too selfish to thank the ones that protect you anyway.

  26. LindaB

    TBone…do you really think that a mother of a soldier fighting in Iraq does not feel HIS or HER life is being threatened?
    You said:

    “Because NO ONE can say WHAT they would do if their children’s lives and rights were threatened. And I truly believe that a mother would fight first if her kids were in danger.”

    Newsflash….our kids are in danger in Iraq and coming home in boxes for us to bury. You are the one being “simplistic at best”. Ms Field voiced an opinion shared by many of us. They cut her off because free speech today is a myth.

  27. What T-Bone said... and said... and said...

    T-Bone,

    Why do you insist on posting comments more than anyone else? As if your opinion is so much more important?

    So sorry your Zoloft isn’t working.

  28. T-Bone

    LindaB – Sallie Field said “I really think that if mothers ruled the world we wouldn’t be sending our children off to be slaughtered”. I’m proposing the other side. What if all of those mother’s children were actually being slaughtered RIGHT HERE, or in Uganda or in Rwanda or in Iraq or in Bosnia or in Germany or Israel — would all of the “mother’s of the world” still choose not to fight????????? What I’m asking is this — -is there nothing worth fighting for?????????

  29. T-Bone's a jerk

    There he goes again, self-righteous prick.

  30. Cindy

    I am so sick and tired of celebrities using award shows to express their political views. We all know there is a war…we hear about it every day on the news. If she wants to talk about her views on the war, write a column or go on a talk show. It is not the place.

  31. MM

    Doesn’t matter if you’re prowar or antiwar you still have the right to express your opinion out here and elsewhere. People can say as much as they want or as little as they want as often as they want. Quit being facists and trying to control how many times a person comments.

  32. LindaB

    TBone…I hear your point of view. I truly believe that politics has more to do with wars then causes. Truthfully I have a hard time reconciling why Hilter was not stopped BEFORE he slaughtered 6 million Jews. I believe in dipolmacy primarily because I don’t believe the safety of any of us can be achieved by fighting wars…especially in this nuclear age. What we appear to be doing is creating MORE enemies and they have or soon will have the means to attack us with weapons of true mass destruction on a large scale. I don’t believe war in Iraq has or will make us safer it has just consumed our resources(and so many young lives), established us as bullies around the world and caused us to entrench ourselves in a civil war (we created) for years to come. This war has weakened our country not made it stronger. However I respect your point of view and appreciate the dialog.

  33. T-Bone's a jerk

    MM (T-Bone), stop twisting shit. I’m not hacking the system to block you from commenting.

    Your comment abuse is the equivalent of screaming and talking over someone in a debate. It’s childish and, frankly, sad.

    Try to get out of the house today, will you?

  34. Applespice

    Interestingly enough the Emmy’s “censored comments by Ray Romano, Katherine Heigl and Sally Field” (yahoo news). I’m not sure why everyone was censored? Did they all talk about the same thing or drop words not allowed? (I didn’t watch the emmy’s)

    LindaB- Hitler was not stopped b/c he gave the people hope and lead them to believe they would have a brighter future. By the time people wanted to stop him he had grown into this mass power with hundreds of followers.

    You also have to remember that at the time, what was going on inside the concentration camps was not as widely known as it is now.

    On another interesting history note- the U.S. had concentration camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Nothing like Hitler’s, more of a round up place to keep the Japanese that were in the U.S.

  35. T-Bone

    Thank you, LindaB. Some people out here would prefer not to hear varying or opposing opinions, and they try to stop others from commenting by calling them “self righteous” and other such names. I don’t think that’s the way to learn anything. I prefer to hear everyone’s side and then banter. HEY — we’re still free to speak in this country. The KING isn’t going to come anytime soon and accuse us of treason ;)

  36. T-Bone

    So very funny, “Tbone’s a jerk” poster. You don’t even have the balls to use your own username. What does that say about you and your opinion? Use YOUR OWN username and THEN comment.

  37. [Insert REAL username here, like it matters?]

    Balls? Oh, yeah, you’re REAL TOUGH. Like I know exactly who you are because you use the name “T-Bone”. Put in your address if you’re such a bad ass, you freakin nerd.

    I just think you’re an idiot shut-in. That’s my opinion :)

  38. nastybugger

    my take?…

    though I consider myself “anti-war”, I think that the emmy’s are not the place to rant about it. any awards show, for that matter. and I am pretty sure that she was censored due to the “GD” part, not her views.

    that being said…

    those of you who are “pro-war” and are telling those anti-war folks to “get out of the country”, are you yourselves actually taking the position AGAINST free speech? you continuously talk about “what they’re fighting for” but then tell the people expressing the right “they’re fighting for” to get out of the country? we don’t hate america, we LOVE this country and are saddened by what’s happened to it.

    we were justified in going to afghanistan…their government certainly looked the other way regarding al-qaeda, even facilitated their existence, and if they weren’t going to hunt them down, we had to. HOWEVER, there was NO reason to go to Iraq, as they had ZERO to do with 9/11. Yes, we remember 9/11, but we also remember that iraq WAS NOT INVOLVED. first, it was the bogus assertion that they had WMDs…when that was looking less and less likely to be true, this admin “re-wrote history” and told us we went there to “liberate the iraqi people”. (where we should really start that liberation in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia…!) and what happened to “no nation building”?

    “mission accomplished”? “greeted as liberators”? “the insurgency is in it’s last throes”? we are constantly being lied to by this admin about the reasons we went and the way things are “progressing” there.

    is establishing democracy in iraq worth the lives of the american soldiers dying? (considering the gov’t won’t equip them adequately…) it is worth the billions of dollars that we’ve spent? billions going to companies like Haliburton and others (much of which is unaccounted for…) while our soldiers go without armor for their vehicles and themselves?

    I don’t think so. but that’s just my opinion, and I’m entitled to it, just as those with differing opinions are entitled to theirs.

    and those of you telling dissenters to “get out of the country” are pretty blatant hypocrites.

  39. Sarah

    I love how the people who disagree with me, T-Bone and any other supporter of the war resort to sucker punching us on a comment board. You can’t think of a logical response to us, so you resort to kindergarten name-calling? The gyst of your argument goes something like this:

    Pro-war: Sure, war sucks. But the situation is so bad that we can’t simply ignore it.

    Left-wingers: Freedom of speech! Don’t sensor me! I have freedom of speech so I can say whatever ignorant comment I want! Freedom of speech!

    Pro-war: Yeah, you wouldn’t have that if war hadn’t taken place.

    Left-wingers: Oh yeah? Well…… your mom!

  40. Persistent Cat

    Fox is all about the censoring.

    It wasn’t censored on the Canadian feed. We can handle nasty words like that. What’s more offensive is Two and a Half Men being nominated. Who’s with me?

  41. ZeldaF

    Sarah and All the Others who have served this country, a very heartfelt, grateful, Thank You. Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

    T-Bone: As usual, I completely agree with your comments on freedom, this war, and this administration. Once again, your comments bear substance, unlike so many of the irrational, nasty, juvenile attacks you counter.

    Just a Thought: I find it incredible that you choose to post under a “nom de plume of a nom de plume”. That’s cowardice. That said, I truly hope that your friends and relatives come home from Iraq safe & sound. For the rest of your comments, I refer to the responses of Sarah, Ugh & T-Bone.

    Sally Field, as anyone else has the right to express her opinion. But for crying out loud, it’s AN AWARDS SHOW. It’s not an anti war rally, where one chooses to be with others of the same sentiment. I vehemently resent the fact that these celebrities use this podium to shove their politics down everyone elses throat. Frankly, I just want to watch to see who wears what and then be able to commend or make fun of them the next day on ASL. I don’t want them shoving their liberal, whining down my throat.

    Anyway, we all know, there is no love stronger than that of a mother. Mothers will give their lives to save that of their child. Once again, Sally was expressing the same, naiive, idealistic view as most of the Hollywood bunch.

  42. pitbull

    Just because we want to watch you act, doesn’t mean I want to listen to your political views. If you come to the hospital to get well, should you endure MY political views as a form of free speech? Don’t think so.

  43. pitbull

    Just because we want to watch you act, doesn’t mean I want to listen to your political views. If you come to the hospital as one of my patients, should you endure MY political views as a form of free speech? Don’t think so.

  44. g

    LindaB and Applespice -Hitler was democratically elected and had plenty of support from word go.

    It seems to me that war always seems a good idea at the time. It’s later that people realise the true cost.

  45. Kaki

    FYI-
    She was censored because she said God-damned war which is something not allowed to be said on network tv. Also you can look back on the clip when Katherine Heigl wins for Best Supporting Actress she says shit as she is getting up to walk up to the stage and they cut away to the same shot as with sally field. Yes you are granted freedom of speech but there are rules with the language that one is allowed to use on network primetime tv. Therefore they were not censoring her because her speech was anti-war but do to the fact that everyone even those sitting in their living room new she was going to drop a g.d. comment. Go back and look at the Heigl footage and you will see the same cut away as well and she wasn’t ranting about the war.

  46. Kaki

    FYI-
    She was censored because she said God-damned war which is something not allowed to be said on network tv. Also you can look back on the clip when Katherine Heigl wins for Best Supporting Actress she says shit as she is getting up to walk up to the stage and they cut away to the same shot as with sally field. Yes you are granted freedom of speech but there are rules with the language that one is allowed to use on network primetime tv. Therefore they were not censoring her because her speech was anti-war but do to the fact that everyone even those sitting in their living room new she was going to drop a g.d. comment. Go back and look at the Heigl footage and you will see the same cut away as well and she wasn’t ranting about the war.

  47. green cardigan

    sorry ‘g’ thats me. Don’t want anyone thinking I’m a wuss!

  48. nastybugger

    gee sarah, one could just as easily say “I love how the people who disagree with me and any other non-supporter of the war resort to sucker punching us on a comment board. You can’t think of a logical response to us, so you resort to the old “why don’t you just leave the country” line.”

    if you actually read some of the comments, you’d see that what you said is simply not true.

    as is what I responded to YOUR post with.

    treat people as individuals, don’t lump us all in together. I seriously doubt you’d like to be aligned with EVERYTHING the “pro-war” folks believe.

    and btw, the situation being “so bad over there”, as you stated, is partially our fault.

  49. stolidog

    Sarah, the situation is so bad NOW in Iraq because we made it that way. Clearly, the Iraqis were much better off BEFORE we invaded. Yes, they lived in a dictatorship, but so do hundreds of millions in the rest of the world.

    Sara, et al., there was NO reason to invade iraq.
    There were never any WMDs and the administration knew that for years before we invaded….If Bush genuinely thought that there was a single WMD over there things certainly would have unfolded differently. Remember how, prior to the invasion, every republican talking head was saying there was no way for the inspectors to find the weapons because the iraqis had them hidden in hospitals and mosques and schools? Remember? Well, I think we can all remember the mass riots and looting that broke out all over the country minutes after we entered Baghdad. Every school and hospital in the country was ransacked and looted. Now, if you believe for one hot second that the president would allow that looting to happen if he actually believed that that WMDs were hidden in the very same building that were getting stripped down to the floorboards, you’re not very smart.

    Oh, and the terrorists didn’t come from Iraq. Iraq has no connection to 9/11 in any way, shape or form. Tragically, if there’s another attack on America, the terrorists probably will be Iraqi, because we’ve made them into terrorists.

  50. green cardigan

    As y’all say over there in the good ol’ US of A, I’m hearin’ ya, stolidog.

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