Sally Field Speaks Out at the Emmys
September 16, 2007 8:25 PM
Sally Field gave a heartfelt affirmation of motherhood on the Emmy stage when accepting her award for ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" that segued into a criticism of the Iraq War.
“At the heart of [her character] Nora Walker, she is a mother,” Field said. “May they be seen, may their work be valued and raised, and to especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait – wait for their children to come home for from danger, from harm’s way and from war. I’m not finished. I have to finish talking … if the mothers ruled the world there would be no goddamn wars in the first place.”
When she said “goddamn” onstage, however, Fox censors apparently took the opportuntity to bleep the rest of her comments.
“I wanted to say someting about the mothers who wait for their military children to come home from harm's way,” she said backstage. “I said at the end that if mothers ruled the world, there would be no wars."
When asked if she minded that her comments may have been cut off, she said, “Oh well.”
“I've been there before,” she addd. “If [mothers] ruled the world we wouldn't be sending our children off to be slaughtered. I shouldn’t have said the ‘god’ before the damn.”
Fox has released a statement on Sally Field's Emmycast bleeping.
"Some language during the live broadcast may have been considered inappropriate by some viewers," reads the statement. "As a result, Fox's broadcast standards executives determined it appropriate to drop sound during those portions of the show."
The network hit the button three times last night -- when Ray Romano joked about Kelsey Grammer sleeping with his wife (in reference to his former co-star Patricia Heaton and her new show with Grammer, "Back to You"); when Katherine Heigl mouthed, "Oh shit" during her acceptance speech: and when Ms. Field used the word "goddamn."
A network representative said Fox did not censor Ms. Field's comments for their political content, noting she did talk about the war before she was cut off.
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Updated at 10:06 a.m.