There's foul vegetation, and then there's foul- mouthed vegetation--as in the case of Audrey II, the carnivorous plant that cusses up a storm crooning "Mean Green Mother from Outerspace," the show-stopping rock 'n' roll climax of "Little Shop of Horrors." The Bo Diddley-esque bopper is one of the Oscar nominees in the Best Song category.
How in the heck is the tune--which helped earn the film its PG-13 rating--going to pass muster on the Oscar telecast?
Outtakes counted five lines spewed by the monster that could give network censors nightmares. Brags the plant in one characteristic stanza: "You can keep the Thing, keep the It, keep the Creature, they don't mean. . . . "
Will a slightly less mean--or blue--"Green Mother" be unveiled? And just who, or what, will sing the song on the show? (Ann Reinking in greenface?)