I seem to be stealing quotes for titles lately, well, I've done it again. This one from Gracie Allen who is, incidentally, a very interesting person who I am far to young to have known anything about until now. Funny how that works.
Alright, what I've got today is a pair of things neither of which is going to be particularly involved. First and least important on that list is that I've hacked together another poorly written movie review for an even more poorly written movie, AEon Flux (2005). Some may find my ranting amusing, for those who don't, here's a summary:
... This spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the networks
The second thing on the list is shaping up to be a pretty large ordeal in the making. The simplest breakdown goes something like this: The United Church of Christ, in a bid to bring the Christian faith back from the brink of pure fanaticism at the hands of ultra right wing Republican organizations, has been blocked from airing some harmless ads by ABC, UPN, NBC and CBS.
Why oh why, do you ask? Well, it's a complicated issue involving the UCC's implied accusation of intolerance towards other dogmatic interpretations, the inherit correctness of airing religiously charged messages and... naw, I gotcha... It's pretty much because the UCC doesn't hate fags. Right here we see why the government's implied or explicit support for one religion, or in this case one interpretation of a religion has far reaching and chilling effects on everyone. It doesn't require a boardroom of shadowy figures, just an ambient radiation of disapproval toward one stance over another. Everyone else just polarizes subconsciously. Or, consciously as it would seem:
According to a document that UCC officials provided to Associated Baptist Press, CBS' program practices division initially withheld approval for the ad Feb. 19, saying, "Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations, and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the networks."
Well, that's that, it would seem. There is a question as to whether or not this is because of the subject matter itself, or simply because the ad takes a stance on a controversial issue, but personally I don't accept either reason as legitimate for blocking the ads. By the way, you can see the ads yourself on the God is still speaking, site. (Aside: I can't believe I'm even vaguely promoting a religious group. Boys, Hell's'a frozen over.)
Now, even though I'm acknowledging the possibility that it is controversy proper that is keeping this off the air, it seems clear from other examples that, really this is all just because of the whole not hating the gays thing. You know, for a group which is stereotypically weak, wearing pink and unable to fight we sure are terrified of them.
Anyhow, in the case of ABC at least the network has had no trouble airing in the past, or airing in the future commercials supporting organizations who are highly polarized on other debated issues such as abortion. (Max Blumenthal, "Is ABC providing airtime to Focus on the Family ad after denying it to United Church of Christ?") The most obvious difference between these examples is that anti-abortion stances won't get anyone in trouble with Republican viewers or even more importantly, Republican sponsors. Then again, I'd be remiss in not mentioning that FOX is happily willing to play these ads and there are few stauncher right wing supporters than Rupert Murdoch. Maybe this is all hot air, maybe gays just don't raise Murdoch's back the way the leftist mainstream does, maybe the commercial isn't important enough to matter and maybe Murdoch is happy writing the news and is going to leave commercials to the amatures.
One thing is for sure: this is all the fault of the homosexuals. Damn them and their homosexual ways.