Gut Rumbles

May 09, 2005


I confess. I have become addicted to the Western Channel, especially to old "Gunsmoke" reruns. Rape happens a lot in those shows, but nobody ever calls it rape. The cowboy grabs the woman, slaps her around a little and drags her off to the bedroom. Fade to black.

The next thing you know, she's in the office of Doc Adams. Matt asks, "How is she, Doc?" and the doctor replies, "Well, Matt.... she's had a rough time."

Nobody EVER mentions the word "rape," although the fact was obvious to anyone over the age of 12 years. Hell, I saw an episode yesterday where Miss Kitty was raped by Steven Forrest and Doc said the same thing. "Well, Matt... she's had a rough time."

Was it against the television Code of Ethics to mention RAPE back then? If so, why put it into a story to begin with? It was perfectly okay for Matt to kill the Steven Forrest character on the dusty streets of Dodge to end the episode, but it was NOT okay to say flat-out that the bastard raped Miss Kitty.

We have always had some screwed-up priorities when it comes to morality in this country.


Was it against the television Code of Ethics to mention RAPE back then?

I believe so. I'm not sure when I first learned what all was actually involved in a rape, but it had to be long after that episode of Gunsmoke was made. Some '70s cop show, probably.

Posted by: McGehee on May 9, 2005 08:47 PM

I would fastasy (read: jack off) about raping Miss Kitty. Amanda Blake, you are about get the ride of your life. R.I.P.

Posted by: Max on May 9, 2005 11:49 PM

No. Miss Kitty is pure, esp in my pre-adolecent dreams. I'd kill Forrest if he wasn't dead.

Posted by: Marcus on May 10, 2005 12:22 AM

I remember the first time I ever heard the word rape. It was in the 1960 movie "Sgt. Rutledge," starring Woody Strode. I was 13 at the time and the characters kept using the word and my friends and I watching it at the post theater at Kelley Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany, looked at each other totally clueless. What's rape, fer cryin' out loud. That's how little it was used in normal discourse much less the media back then.

Posted by: rivlax on May 10, 2005 11:21 AM

So he shoplifted the Kitty.

Actually, she was supposed to be a whore, so any nonconsensual sex WOULD be considered shoplifting.

Posted by: Steve H. on May 10, 2005 12:23 PM

The lady who ran the drivers license office in my home county when I was a kid was named Francis Rape. You had to go through her in order to gain possession of the most important thing in the world for a teenage boy. But I wouldn't have fucked her for the world.

Posted by: Sticky B on May 10, 2005 12:55 PM

Dude, you forgot to mention the time Miss Kitty (what a name for a woman running the Dodge sallon!) is gang raped by a gang led by William Smith, and then shot in the back when they bring her back to Dodge.

But when you look at it, back in the 60's (and before) women were getting raped all the time. Remember Star Trek? The "evil" Captain Kirk rapes one of the crew, and some alien slave rapes Lt. Uhura.

I wonder how many of those post-war screen writers were closet pervs?????

Posted by: Takomaguy on March 2, 2008 08:16 PM
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