No to NBC

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Terre Haute is not a big city. It has a population of about 60,000 people and has for years been controlled by the Democrats, an exception for Indiana.

But it is still a traditional town in a midwestern state. WTWO is the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute and it just said no to NBC.

Due to the feedback they received from the community, management has decided they will not air the new sitcom The Book of Daniel.

It seems that the people of Terre Haute took exception with a comedy that depticted Christians as drug addicts, drug dealers, thieves, alcoholics, homosexuals, adulterers etc.

But I do not think that is what upset people half as much as the depiction of Christ as a smart ass.

I don't attend Church on a regular basis and I don't pretend to be devout, but what is the point in something like this? It seems offensive to me and if the family were Muslims instead of Christians I doubt we would be seeing Mohammed portrayed as sarcastic..not unless the producer, the cast and the crew all had a death wish anyway.

20 comments:

Skookumchuk said...

terrye:

Yes, that does seem to be the difference.

Lutherans as a rule won't sneak in to the studio parking lot and place a block of Semtex under the gas tank of an executive's Bentley.

terrye said...

as a rule.

chuck said...

It has a population of about 60,000 people and has for years been controlled by the Democrats

This seems to be a long tradition. Terre Haute was a rail center and the home of Eugen Debs; his house is now a national historic monument. The link has this quote:

“Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage. I would not lead you out if I could; for if you could be led out, you could be led back again. I would have you make up your minds there is nothing that you cannot do for yourselves.”

Yes, there was a time when the left was serious, believed in liberty, and had some morally decent leaders. But even then it tended to be isolationist and wanted to avoid involvement in European wars. And why not? I still feel the pull of this point of view with its "screw Europe" outlook. Oddity: Norman Thomas (socialist) and Burton Wheeler (progressive/Democrat) joined with Charles Lindberg in founding the American First Committee. This interesting fact of political association seems oddly unpublicised.

terrye said...

Well once upon a time believing in safe birth control and a 40 hour work week was liberal, now these things are just a matter of course.

The problem with liberals is that they could not quit while they were ahead.

Like that damn bunny they just kept going and going and...

markg8 said...

What gets me is people who claim to be openminded decry a show they haven't seen on the word of a Pat Robertson or
James Dobson.

I think Jesus would be sarcastic toward a priest abusing his medication
and trying to lie to him about it. But then of course your Jesus would probably just smite him dead which of course would just kill the ratings.

chuck said...

m8,

Pat Robertson or James Dobson.

The evangelicals I know don't give a damn about either of the gentlemen. What do *your* evangelical friends say?

Doug said...

Where the Drugs come from:
Buddy's Backyard, Nuevo Laredo.
(Link takes you to Traitor Tice Video, Scroll down for Mexican Drug War Combat Coverage.)

truepeers said...

Actually, Mark, re abusing medication, Jesus liked to hang out with drink vendors and the like. It was not because he thought they weren't sinners, but because they were not so damned self-righteous.

terrye said...

mark:

I think they should do a show about a San Francisco liberal lawyer who hires illegal immigrants to raise his children while he lives in a gated community and works dilligently to keep the rabble from coming in and bringing down his property values.

Oh, the thing is I have actually met a man like this.

I do not know of any Christians who actually care about Robertson....but the point is the show goes out of its way to be offensive for no other reason than giving the hypocritical little snobs with this twisted world view an oppurtunity to be bigots on TV.

Yes, I said bigots.

The other point to my post is that this decision was made by a NBC affiliate in a community where not everyone is a born again Christian or a Republican.

So go ahead, tell a life long Democrats with Kerry bumper stickers they are full of crap.

David Thomson said...

“What gets me is people who claim to be openminded decry a show they haven't seen on the word of a Pat Robertson or James Dobson.”

This is what the purely secular Tom Shales says about The Book of Daniel:

“I cannot recall a series in which a greater number of characters seemed so desperately detestable -- a series with a larger population of loathsome dolts. There ought to be a worse punishment than cancellation for a show that tries this hard to be offensive and, even at that crass task, manages to fail.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/05/AR2006010502423.html

markg8 said...

I also don't see why the likes of Donald Wildmon is so upset. These guys have to know their outrage is bound to pique interest in the show. Besides it depicts an Episcopal priest beset by all kinds of family problems. I'd say what's bad for the competition, i.e. another protestant denomination that at one time was third biggest in the US, would be good for his.

I don't know if the feedback truly comes from the community or the organized campaign from the various
powers that be in the Christian right. But I do know people have let others do their thinking for them because they've never actually seen an episode. Might as well be burning books.

Buddy Larsen said...

What if the title of the book is "Poisonous Garbage for Nasty People"--couldn't ya just, burn it, just for the hell of it, Mark?

Buddy Larsen said...

Doug, any more comments about my backyard, and you'll wake up with a decapitated pineapple in your bed.

Peter UK said...

"But then of course your Jesus would probably just smite him dead which of course would just kill the ratings."

Another strange utterance from the man who never was.After 50 years in a country one would think Markg8 would have at least picked up a smattering of the culture and one of the prominant religions.

Since he is from and Irish Catholic family, Mark Garrity would have at least learned,early in life that Jesus did not do smiting,Jesus did forgiving.
A very fundamental point.
So we have a UIC alumni with no degree,no job status who does not know the religion of his parents

Buddy Larsen said...

Jesus did have that one incident where he got a little physical on the accoutrements of the money-changers set up in the Temple. But I doubt that a commercial entertainment production is going to be very much interested in exploring that story's lesson.

markg8 said...

LOL Buddy you ignorant sl*t. I'm a mutt, just like most Americans. I have Irish, English, Welsh, German and God knows what other kind of blood in my veins, I can't be held accountable for the peccadilloes of my ancestors. I was raised Episcopalian though it didn't take much.

So you agree Jesus was a lover, not a smiter. Seems like you're making my point.

Peter UK said...

Markg said,
"LOL Buddy you ignorant sl*t. I'm a mutt" Of the junk jard dog variety no doubt.
How does proving Mark Garrity is an idiot,make his point for him?
Catholic...Episcopalian..so what? It is the same Jesus.

Buddy Larsen said...

That was Peter wondering about your religious provenance, not me. So, I guess you're the ignorant sl*t, Jane.

Geez, this thread is deteriorating to senatorial level.

Buddy Larsen said...

Politically, tho, mark, you really ought to claim the peccadilloes of your ancestors--Truman, JFK, old Zell & Joe L. et al--are the only ancestors that keep the tar & feathers off the new and sublimely idiotic Dean/Reid/Pelosi gang.

Buddy Larsen said...

Chuck,

"Oddity: Norman Thomas (socialist) and Burton Wheeler (progressive/Democrat) joined with Charles Lindberg in founding the American First Committee. This interesting fact of political association seems oddly unpublicised."

Thanks for that--you're absolutely right--we spend so much time discussing America's historical left vs right wrt foreign threats, it's nice to publicize this pre-WWII dalliance with appeasement of dictators on the part of BOTH fringe elements, left as well as right.

Lends credence to the saddam-clarified notion that the fringe of the left is now *the* left.