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Censoring Cartoons and Movies Cannot Alter Reality

Some of you might have seen a disturbing trend in the last decade, or so, regarding the depiction of ‘reality’ in media. Any major disasters lead to immediate censoring of fictional depictions of the event or those similar to it.

After 9/11- many movies, TV shows and cartoons tried to scrub all reference to the old WTC towers or the events of that day from their content. This was done to supposedly “respect” the memory of those killed on that day. I don’t buy that as images and video clips of the two planes slamming into the twin towers have been shown countless times on TV, in various documentaries, many election campaign ads and more than a few electoral pitches etc.

So why censor or scrub any reference to the old WTC towers from TV shows, cartoon episodes or movies? Reminds you of the “Ministry of Truth” from George Orwell’s dystopian story ‘1984‘- doesn’t it?

Now we hear that both past and future episodes of the animated series- The Simpsons, are being scrubbed or altered to ‘respect’ people victimized by the Fukushima Nuclear Fuckup. In case you have forgotten, ‘The Simpsons‘ is about a family whose breadwinner (Homer) is an incompetent worker in a poorly maintained nuclear power plant. Mishaps at the fictional nuclear power plant are an ongoing gag in that series.

When did we start believing that a cartoon series about a fictional boob working in a dilapidated nuclear power plant is offensive to the memory of people affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Fuckup. Is repeated viewing of YouTube clips of the 2011 Tsunami sweeping away entire towns respectful of the victims?

There is something very wrong about a society that pays much more attention to image than address problems based in reality.

Comments?

  1. lalit
    March 29, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Read your post on escorts. I’m new to the scene. Gonna start with the escort agencies. But it seems they need personal information. Apparently for the protection of the girls. Are they worth it? Also, is it advisable to have a girl from an escort agency over to your apartment. Or is it better to do her in a hotel?

  2. April 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    There is something very wrong about a society that pays much more attention to image than address problems based in reality.

    I think this is related to the fact, that cartoons are entertainment – people feel disturbed by the fact, that piece of entertainment brings some painful memories. Or, at least, this is what self-proclamed “moral guardians” and hypocritical media executives are thinking.

  3. April 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I remember people saying they hated the ending of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, saying one of the schlub husbands who was emasculated by his wife (who accidentally killed his son) should not have been killed off (he got into a car accident trying to escape his nagging wife). Instead, they should have worked things out and stayed together because “that’s what people need to see”. As if that’s going to change a generation of people and their lifestyle choices and why some choose not to marry at all. I swear, some folks live in fucking DIsneyland!

  1. April 3, 2011 at 1:03 am
  2. April 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

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