The world is overly sexed and violent. Why add more to it? The amount of sexuality and profanity in a show doesn’t necessarily speak to a program’s quality. Even “Love Island USA” isn’t particularly different from its UK counterpart: The swearing is simply bleeped out and the bathing suits cover a bit more skin. It’s even received pretty decent reviews despite doubtful expectations.
If someone wants mature content, there are plenty of other ways to watch it. Why risk exposing such material on regular programming where younger viewers might be exposed to it? Doesn’t the world clutch its pearls enough?
It all comes down to freedom of speech and expression. There have been plenty of times where artistic material now viewed as groundbreaking was banned due to "indecency." Watering down content for the sake of keeping it clean takes away from its impact and occasionally robs society of something truly thought-provoking.
Cable is also something people pay for (and not cheaply). Shouldn’t they get whatever content they want? The majority of the world is open-minded to more adult themes. It’s about time America caught up.