In an environment where cursing and swearing can be as common as breathing, it can be refreshing to find individuals that like to “keep it clean”. Since blogs, tweets and status updates on sites like Facebook have all contained comments on the rudeness of today’s youth, on everything from speech to behavior, Colton Dixon stands out for his manners.
20 year old Colton Dixon, now in the top eight contestants on season eleven of “American Idol”, states that he does not choose to cuss because his parents taught him not to. Since he hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, maybe it’s just the cultural norm there?
What did he have to say about being in an environment where everyone around him seems to curse a lot? He said it doesn’t really bother him to be around it. For his part, Dixon is proud of the fact that he doesn’t use cursing in his speech. He said that his clean speech can be used as a way to set a good example for others. Since this young man is in front of millions, trying to make his dreams come true, he has a point. In addition to Dixon’s no cussing rule, he doesn’t have a reputation as a “trouble-maker”. His public image is spotless.
So, when the older generation wants to tweet, blog or update their statuses with complaints on the actions, bad language and behaviors of a younger generation, they won’t be able to mention Colton Dixon.
Colton Dixon isn’t the only one in the “American Idol” contestant pool to steer clear of the potty mouth. It has been noted that 18 year old Skylar Laine, another contestant on season eleven doesn’t use profanity to get her point across, either. Also, two “American Idol” winners, Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCrery (from season four and season ten, respectively) went easy on the swear words.
Besides the lack of cursing, these four contestants aren’t known for other things, like acting out, obscene or rude behavior, or disrespectful and negative attitudes. Is it all in the upbringing? If it is, older generations would be proud of the time and effort good parents put into raising their little ones.
When Skylar was asked about her lack of cursing, she admits that she has cursed, but tries not to. As she put it, she has a southern family that doesn’t like that kind of language. Skylar comes from Brandon, Mississippi. Likewise, Colton said he has used profanity, at a much younger age, but it shocked him to hear it come out of his own mouth.
When asked how others acted when they realized he doesn’t curse, Dixon said they usually try to tone down their own language out of respect. He added that a level of respect like that is really nice to see.
Well, whatever the next round of complaints may be about, it probably won’t involve Colton Dixon or Skylar Laine. To be sure, their parents are proud, and the parents of impressionable school-age children are relieved.