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.
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.