Monday, December 10, 2012

What is that stars there?

That is exactly what my daughter asked me. "What is that stars there?". It came out of the blue while she was watching TV. I couldn't figure it out. So I had to carefully construct the questions in order to find out what she meant by "that stars". If you are not in India, you might have difficulty figuring this out.

You know most of the movies contains obsenities. So when the movies are telecasted on TV channels, the obsenities are muted or dubbed over. In India, it is muted mostly. As the local English movie channels like Star Movies, HBO, Movies Now etc have subtitles in English for the English movies (yes, you read it right!), this poses another problem. What happens to the subtitles when characters are on screen are swearing. The subtitles shows the obscenities as stars like ****!

So that was my daughter asking me. That stars. The muted obscenities. Now, what do I tell her?




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11 comments:

  1. The truth. Words that no one wants to see or hear are covered up for us.

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    1. They are covered up causing even bigger embarrassment. :|

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  2. tell them the 'subtitle writing machine' couldnt understand it and so just put stars... :)

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    1. he he he. That would be the simplest way to explain it. Mechanical failure. :)

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  3. Yes, explain the truth in her language!

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  4. maybe... you can try an example like this? *lol*

    beti, you have a voice that is *** so wonderful!
    Please be sure *** to sing and many people will be grateful for that!

    *** represents the negative words like NOT, and stars are always stars. They are so good, they cover up the bad words so that the sentence sounds nice!

    Ok, am outta here before you hit me with a slipper! *ROFL*

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    1. The example is good. But I don't think it is going to work on a 6 year old. Good try, though

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