Grey’s Anatomy may be a medical drama that covers everything to do with the body but the word ‘vagina’ was censored in its early seasons.
Despite the fact just about every part of the body has been covered over the show’s lengthy run, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) revealed how the show was banned from talking about vaginas.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she recalled how show creator Shonda Rhimes had to use the term ‘Vajayjay’ instead due to double standards regarding censoring.
Jimmy joked about the 2005 episode, The First Cut Is The Deepest, in which Meredith had to carry a severed penis on ice around the hospital.
To which Ellen replied: ‘There was a big fight — I may be butchering this story but — there was a big fight because, with standards and practices, which I’m sure you deal with on occasion, you can say penis, but you couldn’t say vagina, at the time.
‘And that’s why … That’s where the term vajayjay came from. Shonda made up vajayjay because standards and practices would not let us say vagina.’
She continued: ‘And Shonda’s argument was like, “We said ‘penis’ in that episode 97 times. You can say ‘penis’ 97 times but you can’t say vagina?
‘They were like, “Yep, yep, you can’t say vagina.” So she came up with vajayjay and that’s how that problem was solved.’
In 2006, Shonda told the story to O, The Oprah Magazine and admitted she heard the term from an assistant before using the vagina euphemism in the script.
Credit: Original article published here.