The Airing of Grievances
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The Elephant In The Room
After getting much play from some pretty smart dudes in The Swamp, it's time we have a little AofG take on the hypocrisy inherent in ABC's apology regarding Terrell Owens and Desperate Housewife Nicollette Sheridan. In the latest moral values Mt. Molehill, people are pretty pissed that ABC had the unmitigated gall to show a towel around a pair of nude ankles. If you promise not to sue the AofG or any of its parent entities, you can have a look at the clip here, on the Dallas Morning News website.
The offending back
Personally, I thought it was pretty funny. But then again, I am pretty out of touch with America and its values these days.
ABC has delivered a mea culpa, and then goes and shows the entire clip on ESPN's Sports Center the next day. Moreover, all the morning shows air the clip, including ABC's Good Morning America (that is the way we all should say "Good Morning"), CNN Morning Edition, and Even Regis and Kelly. It really is a whole lot of NOTHING, when you think about it, with what passes for wholesome entertainment on soap operas and evening TV. Producers and FCC sensors obviously feel that this is not that much of an issue. Hell, NYPD Blue showed Dennis Franz's ass and didn't get this much outrage.
Which leaves Cozmo with only one rational conclusion - A lot of what is behind this uproar is the fact that TO is black and NS is white. Why else would people be so up in arms over something so innocuous that a quick perusal of TV on at 2:30pm (when many kids are home from school) is significantly worse. I'm sure that many of these "family values" complaints stem as much from "racial values" and the taboo of showing the "mongrelization" of the races than of nude backs and ankles.
The other Elephant in the Room is how terrible an actor TO is. He should stick to cheerleading.
"The how 'bout you tell me what's buried underneath that pool?"
Let's hear what the Grievers have to say. Sound off in the Comments, kids.