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After Sandy Hook, Judd Apatow Refuses To Remove 'Murder Game' Joke In 'This Is 40;' Is He Wrong?

Judd Apatow swears he meant "no harm" when he wrote a joke about a character playing the "murder game" with his children into his new movie "This Is 40," ( TMZ reports.

Apatow told the gossip site he wrote the "This Is 40" script two years ago, and will not edit the scene where the father jokes about choking his kids with a garden hose now.

The man responsible for the the "sort-of sequel" to "Knocked Up" said the scene would have been viewed as "innocent fun" if not for last week's massacre of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

In light of the shooting, songs like Ke$ha's "Die Young" and Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks" have been pulled from radio airwaves.

Some of Ke$ha's offensive "Die Young" lyrics say, "Let's make the most of this night like we're gonna die young, We're gonna die young. We're gonna die young."

Foster's The People's chorus is a little more gruesome and literally talks about children running away from bullets:

"All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, You better run, better run, outrun my gun. All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, You better run, better run, faster than my bullet."

But it seems much more touchy to censor comedy than music.

Often times after devastating events like the Sandy Hook massacre, comedians are condemned for their jokes if they're in offensive or insensitive in any form.

But comedians don't like to be told what to do. They tend to be reluctant to censor themselves, regardless how taboo a topic may be.

Is the Hollywood writer and director making the right of wrong decision by choosing to leave the "murder game" joke in "This Is 40?"
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Date:Dec 19, 2012
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