There are some words we’re not supposed to use.
These include the ‘N’ word for blacks and the ‘F’ word for gay people. You just don’t do it.
Then there is the most versatile and creative word in the English language, used often but never when trying to look respectable.
That word is Fuck You.
It’s a great stress reliever, as in Fuck It, or Fuck Me or Holy Fuck. It’s also the most evil way of telling someone how serious you really are. When you say Fuck You, and really mean, them’s fightin’ words. Nothing penetrates deeper.
Wikipedia has graciously provided an in-depth look at the word. “Fuck” can be used as a verb, adverb, adjective, noun, command and interjection, “and can logically be used as virtually any word in a sentence.” Fuck is simply the most versatile word in the English language. And yet it’s mostly taboo. What a waste.
This brings me to “Anna,” the new sign language maven who’s been a huge hit on YouTube. What drew my attention to her video, posted by a friend on Facebook, was not the photo of Anna, a petite woman with arms folded across her chest. It was the video’s title: “Fuck You” Sign language performance.
That got me to click, on this:
There’s no background on Anna that I could uncover, like her last name or where she works. The only information on the video link says. “My name is Anna and this is my final for a college level sign language class.”
I hope she got an “A” because her performance of Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” is stupendous, and I fucking mean that. She dazzles and slinks, twists and pumps with an energy and passion that had me melting with giggles. She is clever and cute, and and it got me to muse on the many classic ways we use fuck.
The most offensive use for me was Linda Blair dropping the F-Bomb at Father Damien in The Exorcist. And I’m pretty sure Al Pacino set a record using Fuck as Tony Montana in Scareface. Pornographer Larry Flynt representing himself before the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1983 libel case, shouted, “Fuck this court!” during the proceedings and was arrested for contempt. You see, Larry, there are times when you really shouldn’t use that word.
Nevertheless, Fuck has been slipped into several songs that made it to radio (who the fuck are you) but Cee Lo’s “Fuck You” was a bit too much for public air play. He recorded another version titled “Forget You,” which he performed at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13. Both versions of the song were big hits.
In the song, it seems that Cee Lo’s girl is being driven around town by another guy.
“I see you driving ’round town with the girl I love and I’m like, Fuck Youuu – Ooo, ooo, ooo ooo.”
Anna’s video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. As with all good viral videos there are some spoofs, like this one, and another version by a girl using the sanitized “Forget You.” And there’s another version with Anna, overdubbed with the original soundtrack, and no background noise.
In my research I found four more songs done via American Sign Language, though Anna is the champ here. The beauty of Anna’s rendition of “Fuck You” is that it seems so sweet to most people. When I posted the link to my Facebook page it received thumbs up from women I perceived as respectable. Many of them shared it to their own groups.
And it thus enabled me to provide some discourse on my feelings about Fuck, in a way that I hope was not offensive.
If it was then fuck off, but in a good way.