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COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The loss in viewership, attributed to A&E’s cancellation of its police show, Live PD, exposed a suppurating inoperable tumor in the network’s gut: a penchant for bigotry, violence and sensationalism. That penchant spawned an ultimately fatal addiction to shows featuring crime on the one hand, while whitewashing discrimination and hatred of minority religions on the other.
MEDIA & ETHICS
Juvenal, the ancient Roman poet, had a phrase for it: “Bread and circuses.” By that he meant keep the rabble distracted from their woes with entertainment of the grossest kind .
MEDIA & ETHICS
As a sad testimony to the bloodthirstiness of a portion of America’s viewing public, Remini’s show had a few people watching for a while. But the viewers had a short attention span for eavesdropping on an obsessed actress piously peddling her pet peeves and have moved on. The ratings have tanked.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
How Disney feels comfortable coming down on that side of the fence is beyond me. Apparently, their real values are not family values.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Think for yourself. And trust your “thou-dost-protest-too-much” alarm when it goes off.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Why would anyone devote their life to tearing someone else down? In the last 45 years I’ve seen such people pop up occasionally, gain attention, and then disappear. They’re never known for their own accomplishments.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The effort to make these religious groups seem dangerous, threatening or just plain weird was prodigious. And didn’t really work on me, to be honest—my husband’s family includes a large branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses and they all seem perfectly normal to me.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
“Wait!!” Remini shouted. “Not THAT! Anything but THAT!! I’ll take fire and brimstone instead! Please! Mercy!”
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
I’m “a big kid.” That is to say, I’m an adult. I’m well-educated, reasonably affluent, and able to hold my own in a conversation… But I’m being bullied. And honestly? It’s really uncomfortable.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Where does A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc draw the line for hate-based propaganda on their network? Apparently nowhere. The financial beneficiary of their slanderous attack show against Scientology has just announced plans to expand the hate-mongering to other minority religions.