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F-bomb? I swear it's not that bad ... Cate's done it!

TOO BLUE? Cate Blanchett reacts after winning the award for Best Actress in a lead role for Blue Jasmine.
TOO BLUE? Cate Blanchett reacts after winning the award for Best Actress in a lead role for Blue Jasmine. John Shearerap

AUSSIE actress Cate Blanchett has made headlines around the world and it's not just for winning the Oscar for Best Actress.

What has become as equally publicised is the fact she dropped the F-bomb after the ceremony.

When an Australian journalist pointed out that she was the first Australian to win two Oscars she replied with "And don't you F-bomb forget it."

Some have argued it was a pretty Australian response, others have argued it was crass and not in line with her role model status.

Others, like me, just thought it was hilarious.

But it's got me wondering what the big deal about swearing is, whoever decided these words were "bad"?

One of my good friends was horrified to be called to her daughter's school recently.

It was all cloak and daggers and she had no idea why the teacher and principal needed to see her.

She told me her most immediate fear was that her daughter was being bullied or even worse might be a horrid little bully.

She didn't expect for a minute it may be because her delightful seven-year-old was developing quite the foul mouth.

Apparently the little pet had written a sentence and, for some reason, decided it just would not be complete without the F-bomb.

Shocked, my friend looked at the sentence, back at the teacher and down at her hands.

She was duly lectured about how inappropriate the whole debacle was and that she needed to have a think about what she was exposing her daughter to.

She sat there examining the freckles on her hands and quietly berating herself for turning out a little girl that seemed to be more suited to the cast of Underbelly than the school's sandpit.

After a few minutes of assuring the principal and teacher she did not swear in front of her child nor leave her unattended with Kanye West film clips she was suddenly struck by the ridiculousness of the situation and decided to call a spade a spade.

"It is spelt correctly," she said.

"Well yes," the teacher replied.

"But that's hardly the point!"

"I think it is the point, it is spelt correctly and used in context, she followed your directions and did what was asked of her," my friend retorted.

"She deserves some points for that."

And that she does. Who knows, she might just be the next Cate Blanchett.

There are far worse things in life than a little bit of swearing, like bullying for example.

Who gives an S-bomb?



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