What is it with these people that put stickers on their cars that have curses on them? Do people think that this is cute or make them seem “rebellious”?
While I will not contest the legality of doing this, since it appears that in these cases the First Amendment overrides state and local laws that have attempted to curb this trend, as is pointed out in great detail on the site First Amendment Center.
That being said, I still have to complain about it myself because of the way I was raised. People just do not swear, unnecessarily, in public.
I can understand if you are in a group of people and you smash your finger in a drawer or stub your toe. Sometimes, especially if you curse as a regular part of your nature, these things slip out. We have all seen situations where people have hurt themselves and words fly, often without even thinking about it. Sometimes they are mild, like the people that say “Fiddlesticks” or the like. Then there are people like me that have been known to utter a long string of expletives when I once, accidentally, hit my index finger with a sledge hammer.
Situations like that, while still not what I would consider “Appropriate”, are excusable.
Now… when you put a bumper sticker or ANY sticker on your car, bike, etc… you are advertising profanity only for the sake of uttering it.
As an example; the other day I saw a sticker in a car window that said “F*ck Dat”. Obviously the “*” was not on the sticker. To me, this is no different than walking down the sidewalk and saying the same thing to anyone that looks at you. It is rude and, in my humble opinion, inappropriate.
Now… how this is protected under the First Amendment is beyond me. I see the protection of free speech as protecting people’s right to stand up and protest a perceived wrong. To speak out for or against something that needs to be changed or eliminated. It should not be used to protect someone from putting profane language on their car or clothes only because they want to do so for no reason.
Sorry… just a mild rant. Thanks for listening and/or commenting.