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  • #2288
    John Hoare
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    Future Echoes:

    RIMMER: You can’t whack death on the head!
    LISTER: If he comes near me I’m gonna rip his nipples off!

    Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers:

    ‘You can’t whack death on the head.’
    ‘If he comes near me, I’ll rip his tits off.’

    I always thought the nipples line was odd, so when I read Infinity, I thought “Ah, so *that’s* what the joke is!”

    Was this censorship – self or otherwise – as the line is written in The End? The word ‘tits’ seems an odd thing to censor for a post-watershed sitcom, if so, although I suppose the line – with the violent aspect – could be interpreted as misogynistic…

    #122108
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    >?Ah, so *that?s* what the joke is!?

    Does it make it funnier, though?

    >The End?

    Future Echoes, dear boy.

    #122110
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Does it make it funnier, though?

    I prefer the tits line – the rhythm of the it, and the increased violence, make it funnier. It’s hardly a belter in either version, though.

    Future Echoes, dear boy.

    I’ve had to change that, as it’s just TOO EMBARASSING.

    #122111
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    >I?ve had to change that, as it?s just TOO EMBARASSING.

    And as these events never happened, we will have no memory of them. In which case, Mister Hoare, Sir, I should like to take this opportunity of saying that you are the most obnoxious, trumped-up, farty little smeghead it has ever been my misfortune to encounter!

    #122113
    TheLeen
    Participant

    I prefer nipples by a long way.

    #122114
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Agreed. I think it’s funnier. Something about that extra silliness of aiming for the nubbins…

    #122115
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I can see why someone would prefer it – and usually I’d think I agree, as I go for extra silliness wherever possible.

    But I just think the line sounds a bit awkward. And it really needs the emphasis of TITS. He *is* going to his expected death. It’s a more angry line, and I think that works better.

    #122118
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    I prefer nipples by a long way.

    Heheheheh.

    #122119
    Andrew
    Participant

    Yep. I prefer Marleen’s nipples, too.

    I used to bring this change up in Dwarfy conversations and typically got the same response: “But Death isn’t a woman, so he wouldn’t HAVE tits.”

    Thus missing both the point, and a great country mile of further logic.

    #122120
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I am right, and you all smell.

    #122123
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    I think…everybody’s right except for me….so…so just forget I spoke..

    #122128
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I actually prefer “nipples” to “tits” (and I imagine I’ll be quoted on that for some time).

    #122132
    Somebody
    Participant

    Future Echoes, dear boy.

    I?ve had to change that, as it?s just TOO EMBARASSING.

    And yet it still reads…

    Was this censorship – self or otherwise – as the line is written in The End?

    :)

    #122133
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I seem to recall hearing that Craig Charles changed it to nipples during rehearsal, but that may well be something my mind concocted in a beautiful dream.

    #122137
    Dave
    Participant

    I like tits, I love breasts and I fear boobies.

    But I think nipples are funnier.

    #122171
    Antipodean
    Participant

    “Nipples” is better. The line flows more with a two-syllable word.

    #122172
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    Yes… “rip his nipples” has a pleasant alliteration about it.

    #122173
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    I think it’s a majority vote for the nipples then… :)

    #122176
    John Hoare
    Participant

    See, I don’t think the line flows at all. I think it sounds really awkward.

    Wheras “tits” – spat out vehmently – works far better for me…

    #122183
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Well that’s just you, isn’t it? Clearly there is something wrong in your head that prevents you from appreciating the beauty of nipples.

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