The Airing of Grievances
Thursday, November 11, 2004
This Is What You Get
Apparently, thanks to the above boobage, viewers of several ABC affiliates won't be able to watch "Saving Private Ryan". Why? Because it's indecent, of course! Two of the stations in question specifically cited worries of fines for the harsh violence and foul language that ABC won't let them edit out. Fair enough, never know what Mullah Dobson is going to go after next. However, one station cited the heightened sensitivities of the current war in Iraq as a motivation for pulling the movie. And oh, what a shock, several of the affiliates in question are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the same dipshits who thought the loss of 15% of their market value was a small price to pay for running an anti-Kerry documentary.
Now, to be fair, in response to overwhelming pressure, Sinclair stations eventually ran a more even-handed piece on bias in the media and not the controversial "Stolen Honor". But it can be easily read between the lines that their current squeamishness is probably not over indecency. Rather it seems, to me at least, to be yet another attempt by Sinclair to mask the realities of how brutal war can be. I have no idea what war is like, but I would bet that the first 45 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan", which depict the Normandy invasion in all its confusion and brutality, probably comes damn close. When I saw the movie in the theater, it hit a little too close to home and had me sobbing my eyes out for two hours straight (damn you, Spielberg!). To this day, I haven't been able to watch the film again. But indecent, it ain't.