To be honest, Conspiracy Corner didn't hear "s--t."
So, the questions are: One, did Glee really drop a "s--t" in last night's "Prom Queen?" And, two, if it did, what was the motive?
For starters, Glee stands accused (by the above accusers) of not cleaning up Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," of having Jonathan Groff, who tore up with number with Lea Michele, sing the line, "Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your s--t bare," in its original, PG-rated form.
To go to the matter of motive first, frankly, we can't think of one, much less a good one.
Even after all these years, and potty-mouthed HBO series, broadcast shows aired during the Federal Communications Commission-tracked hours of 6 a.m.-10 p.m. are still almost-always free of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." To do otherwise is to risk a, um, storm.
Besides, it's not as if "ass" and "balls" aren't available to and, as last night's episode, used by Glee.
So, so much for motive—and so much too for the ears (including those of Watch With Kristin's own Glee recapper) that heard "s--t" go down in "Rolling in the Deep."
A Fox rep told us today that, just as the closed-captioning had it, Groff sang "ship."
And, no, the network said it hadn't received any calls of complaint, either. (Maybe aggrieved maritime buffs are outside of their cell-coverage area?)
So, that's the end of that.
Except, if we may…
To avoid confusion, Ryan Murphy's choir may want to go with harder-to-mishear "shh…" in future covers of salty-tongued material. (The swap worked well enough in Glee's take on Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," which, granted, had already been made safe for the general public by Green himself.)
Then there's the other old-standby: "stuff."
Adele's label told us that's the word that the usually gets used in TV performances of "Rolling in the Deep," including Adele's own recent one on Dancing With the Stars.
See, Sherlock? This, um, stuff doesn't have to be so complicated.