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Hey, Hollywood, Wake Up

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  1. Jan Brown says:

    Creativity seems to have left Hollywood & the Entertainment Centers along with their morals. Our ‘acceptance[ & “oh that’s Holywood’ behaviour has encouraged them to keep pushing the envelope. And as that envelope is allowed to move so is the ‘edge’ & we become more “de-sensitized” to violence,& immoral behavious that are rapidly becoming the ‘new normal’

    Don’t like it??? Well, the LAZY way is just change channels. Ratings are based on ‘random polls’ When was the last time someone like Nielson called you & asked what you watch?…Besides these polls are taken to get infirmation for the network…Follow the money….ADVERTISERS….Notify them that you don’t watch shows you find offensive..Oh, I know I am just one person, but being rather ordinary there are a lot ‘just like me’ & complaints stack, advertisers takr notice. Shoot a copy of your compliant to the Network….I say all this knowing that Jack In The Box has developed a campaign with sometimess not so sutle sexual tones…AND REMEMBER..YOU are your child’s teacher, not the TV

    • Jon says:

      Actually, contacting advertisers is still the lazy way, although slightly more active than just changing the channel. If you want to make a real change then you should create something.

      By the way, it really galls me that on a Conservative website someone would start a complaint by saying that “Creativity has left Hollywood,” but in almost every other venue attack government spending on the arts and cutting money to public schools which cut generally cut arts programs first. I’m not talking about you specifically, but I’m sure you would agree that when someone brings up the National Endowment of the Arts or a similar organization it is not a Conservative voice that rushes to support it. Hollywood is a business, and business is booming, and it is booming because a)people are buying what they are selling, and b)kids growing up are more impressed by explosions and vampires than artistic statements. Not all kids, but the vast majority. Make no mistake, this is not something I’m happy about. I just recently became a parent, and I’m telling everyone I know to never mention Shrek near my son. I just don’t want him to know about it. But at the same time, the film and television industry is not responsible for raising my son, and when he gets old enough to watch and appreciate a show as brilliant as The Simpsons (and that show was brilliant for at least ten years) I want it, and other shows like it to be around for him, and not taken off the air because someone sent a letter to an advertiser. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. If you can’t find something you like, I don’t know what to tell you. Read a book?

  2. Jon says:

    Hi. If you don’t like what’s on television, you realize you are not required to watch. But starting a campaign to yank shows that others enjoy but you find distasteful is really petty. I have no interest whatsoever in The Bible, but people seem to like it, which (and this may shock you) does not disgust and enrage me. I also don’t think of a show’s existence and a network’s decision to advertise that shows existence constitutes something being shoved down my throat. If something doesn’t appeal to me, I don’t watch it. Now, if employees if Comedy Central came to your home and tied you down and forced you to watch South Park like that scene in A Clockwork Orange, well, that would be inappropriate and I would contact my cable provider and complain.

    • Joe Messina says:

      I agree with you Jon, I am the adult and I change the station, don’t turn it on and so forth. I am mostly asking people to PAY ATTENTION watch what your kids are watching, check out the movies and so on. I have no objection if people want to watch GCB, ten Momma, but how about you give me some options Hollywood, more than “Father knows Best”

      • Jon says:

        GCB came on ABC Sunday night, I think (my wife watched it). On the basic cable package that I have there were probably 300 other things I could have watched. Not all television is for all people. And yes, parents do need to watch what their kids are watching, and not all things were made with kids in mind. I love The Simpsons, and have since I was in high school. When I was in my early 20s I would come off a double shift at work at 7 in the morning and unwind by watching two episodes of The Simpsons and drinking a glass of scotch, and I really enjoyed that time and it makes me sad that had a group of crusading parents had their way I would not have had that.