Loyal viewers of "Family Feud," a game show first introduced in the 1970s and currently hosted by Steve Harvey, have noticed the show take on a raunchier tone lately and have begun to complain.
They may have a point. The show is famous for contestants' wacky answers and their fun banter with the show's host, but some of the questions are eliciting some very edgy responses as of late. Heck, some of the questions themselves are R-rated.
"Tell me a word a married man would use to fill in the blank," Harvey asked the contestants on one episode. "I would blank for sex."
Some of the correct answers included "pay," "lie," "beg," "kill" and "die." You read that right. The contestants and the host laughed at every answer and the audience cheered.
"Name something a man might have in his pocket when he's going on a hot date," Harvey asked on another episode in 2012. The answers included "condoms," "a sock," and "a 'pitched tent." I'll let you translate that last one.
Harvey could only shake his head and quip whether his predecessors dealt with such inappropriate rhetoric.
"When Richard Dawson did this show I never heard stuff like this."
Or how about the pastor who answered "their breast" when asked "What's something women like to squeeze?"
Former "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette is one of those concerned viewers now criticizing the game show for being too "filthy."
I’m a sociologist, love @FamilyFeudABC but WHY WHY are all the questions now filthy and sex questions? There’s so much more to humans. Cmon— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) August 13, 2018
Her tweet clearly hit a nerve with families because some other concerned viewers also spoke up.
I’m 36 and feel uncomfortable watching it with my dad. Bc all the questions revolve around sex or bedroom actions I refuse to watch it. It’s so so sad that what was once a good wholesome FAMILY show is now nothing more than sex talk and perverted thoughts.— Lynette (@BrwnEyedSmurf81) August 13, 2018
I agree 100 percent , I feel uncomfortable watching this show with the family, it is just sick. There are no morals on tv anymore. It is a sad situation— Zagaar U Libya (@Libya4ThePeople) August 13, 2018
Thank you! My daughter is 11 and I will not let her watch this show bc of this. No need to make it so gross. It will still be fun w/o all of the innuendo!— Kelli Bee (@CMHKelliB) August 13, 2018
Others, however, are downplaying the show's edgy humor, insisting "Family Feud" has been "risque since the 1980s."
Sure, the questions and answers can probably be toned down a bit, but can we talk about the bigger issue? Where do they find these survey takers? I don't mean the contestants...I mean those who take the surveys. The top six answers on the board are often...out in left field, maybe out in the parking lot.