In previous deviations I've created and comments I've made on the deviations of fellow deviants, I've noted that I find it simultaneously humorous and disturbing that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) assigns movies with the F-word the R rating (R means Restricted: Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) while assigning lower age ratings to movies that contain actions that are far worse than saying the F-word.
I have recently learned that the real world seems to work the same way.
Rex Ryan, head football coach of the New York Jets, was fined $100,000 for saying the F-word after a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Click here to learn more. Does that sound like a harsh penalty? Well, that penalty pales in comparison to the penalties facing these individuals for doing things much worse than saying the F-word:
-Derek Anthony Stanley II was charged with the hit and run death of Corissa Irvin. His bail was set at $15,000. If $15,000 is the standard bail for the charge of hit and run with death involved, Rex Ryan's fine would be enough to bail out six hit-and-run drivers who got people killed. Click here to learn more.
-Her Serene Highness Princess Theodora Sayn-Wittgenstein went to an Oktoberfest party, got drunk, tried to climb a fence, and then attacked security guards and a first aider. It took several security guards to hold her down, and when the police showed up, they had to use leg restraints on her in addition to handcuffs. When brought before a judge, she was fined 1,000 British Pounds. Convert that to United States currency, and you get $1,564.12. That's only 1.56412% of what Rex Ryan had to pay. Click here to learn more.
Does this make sense to you? It doesn't to me.
I'm not endorsing or advocating the use of profanity. I'm just saying that there are much worse things you can do than say a bad word out loud. And our justice systems, be they de facto or de jure, should take that into consideration when handing out sentences.