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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, June 30, 2005

"Is that Peee Ceeeeee enough for youuwww?"

Honest discussion has no place in american television! Welcome to the Neighborhood," an ABC reality series that pushes hot buttons of racism and anti-homosexuality, was pulled by the network before its debut. The program had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice. [...] The six-episode show, which was to debut July 10, follows three families in Austin, Texas, who are given the chance to choose a new neighbor for a house on their street. Each family initially wants someone similar to them — white and conservative. Instead, they must choose from families that are black, Hispanic and Asian; two gay white men who've adopted a black child; a couple covered in tattoos and piercings; a couple who met at the woman's initiation as a witch; and a poor white family. Ok, so we have minority families , a gay couple, a body art couple, a wicca couple and a white trash family. Basically all the "diversity" that living in America has to offer. This of course will make a lot of the "white and uptight" neighbours uncomfortable, and we can finally show how really intolerant white people are. God knows they are the only people left that you can make fun of all you want and not have to worry about it! This should be great! :-p In the early episodes, one man makes a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family's car and displays of affection between the gay men provoke disgust. See? Told you so! The series' producers had said it was intended to promote a healthy and open debate about prejudice and people's fear of differences. See, here is the problem: i actually believe them, and i believe that such a debate is necessary. Unfortunately, i don't believe that America is ready for that yet. Not really! If anything that living in american society has taught me, it's that it's better to fake tolerance then to actually be tolerant. Better pretend you don't mind gays, even if you hate them, otherwise your girlfriend will get mad at you and she might not give you head tonight. It's better to hide all racist thoughts and notions till the black man is out of the room, then you are allowed to make fun of him all you want. Better to skirt the issues then to deal with them. Cause you see, we wouldn't want to expose people to the truth. That might just hurt their feelings, and we can't have that. Better just ignore it, pretend it doesn't happen and hope it may just go away! For example: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, after viewing the series, expressed strong concerns. While it ultimately carries a valuable message about diversity and acceptance, those watching the first episodes could be left thinking discrimination is "not that big a deal," GLAAD spokesman Damon Romine said Wednesday. "Regardless of how things turn out at the end of the last show, it's dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time," he said, adding that GLAAD hopes a revised version might air. Yes, cause people will see this show and think:"It's ok to call gay people that? Allright. Hey Billy, wanna lynch mr. Johnson and his manfriend? It's Pee cee now!" Between this and their Eminem Grammy protests, i am starting to think that GLAAD is another word for STUPID But don't fret gay people, another group is out to prove how tolerant it is by not tolerating this show either: Before ABC announced its decision, the Family Research Council said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish. They are so afraid to appear judgmental that they are judging the show before actually seeing it. Makes it seem like as if they were only kidding about their desire not to appear foolish, huh? I rest my case!


At 6/30/2005 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Polly Prissy-Pants said...

It had to be here in Texas, didn't it? :) Kind of ironic to set it here in Austin where people think that they are so damned PC, diversity-friendly, and evolved...

Thanks for the mad props.

At 6/30/2005 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that!
I live in Austin myself, and I find theis whole mess delightful!

At 6/30/2005 03:00:00 PM, Anonymous PE said...

This is pathetic and sad. I can't believe the censor pigs are at it again. What happened to freedom of the press? TV Networks should be free to showcase any show they want to without fear of criticism or retribution from evangelical groups or minority advocacy groups. This is such bullshit and it keeps happening again and again. The best way to face racism is to confront it, instead of cowering behind an opaque wall. I wish there were some orchestrated campaign to get ABC to feature the show again. Is there? If anyone has links to some like anti-censorhip or media advocacy group, please post.

At 6/30/2005 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous Tina said...

The over-sensitivity is just absolutely amazing. You can't say anything about anyone without them getting their feeling hurt.

If you say something about someone who happens to be black, suddenly you're attacking everyone who is black. If you say something about a vulgar gay disply, you are homophobic.

I'm a pretty tolerant person, as a matter of fact, some think I'm overly tolerant. But I can't stand the fact that you can't discuss anything without someone somewhere getting all huffy!

At 6/30/2005 10:00:00 PM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

"......that it's better to fake tolerance then to actually be tolerant." Well you can say this one more time..(and i do not want someone jumping on my back yelling you a-rabs think the shit of america while america is doing them soooooooo good-am exhausted)..Of course to a great extent americans are much more tolorant and seemingly accepting of diversity than others (Z boiling pot)..i am talking individuals here..-but as you said it is more of an effort-related to PCness..I really do not see it as coming very naturally...and you name it, whether it is blacks, whites, hispanics, jews..an african amercian friend of mine (am nto sure i am using the most pc term here) once told me that in the black community, the wisdom is never marry someone who is darker than you are..At my workplace, and it has lotsa diversity, I find all spilling their hearts out to me (race related spilling out): christians, muslims, Wasps, jews, blacks, yellows, ..etc...it is all behind closed doors whether it is a barb, a joke, a grivence, making fun...etc..and i find americans much more careful and petrified making such comments (even behind closed doors for fear of being considered non PCs)-Egyptians are great they simply do not give a shit if they are PC or not they just say it..The amazing part in all this, is that I keep wondering (and no it is not all about me) why do i enjoy such a position...do i come across so colourless, formless, and not belonging to any class/race/religion (detachement???) that people feel comfortable saying such stuff to me??? Re the episode that is being censored, dunno, while i am not for censoring at all..u can simply change the channel, i still feel that if something is going to be very offensive to groups of people-everything could be perceived as such, but some are more directly or clearly offensive, then i would go for not having it, not for fear of promoting lynching or hatred..etc...but why for the sake of a great laugh hurt others..yep I think that sore issues should be openly and candidly discussed but if they are sore getting them to a "closure-yuck" but maybe rubbing salt into the wound is not the bests way to promote issues.

At 6/30/2005 11:34:00 PM, Blogger GNN Staff Writer said...

Somebody brighter than ne once said:

"Nobody has ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

At 7/01/2005 07:09:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

So PE, u want a join an anti-advocacy advocacy group? :)

MM&I, I know how that feels. When i worked for the Boston City Hall (I did, u guys didn;t know? It's when i relaised all government structures are the same), i enjoyed a similar position. The Irish liked me because of the pyramids, the Italians liked me cause i am mediterrano, the black people likes me cause i am from Africa, Hispanics liked me ceause they always thought i was one of them (only one of thsoe born to no good latin parents who didn't bother to each me spanish). It was freakin funny let me tell ya, especially with every one of them would explain to me what's wrong with the other groups: The italians would complain about the stupid irish, the irish would complain about the corrupt powergrabbing italians, the italians and the irish complaining about how lazy the black people were and the black people were complaining about them crazy white folks who just won't leave them alone. I am sure the hispanics complained about the rest too, but they did it in spanish so that no one would understand what they were saying about them, which always meant i didn;t understand it either. I used to just say Si and nod my head and laugh. It always worked for some reason. hmmm.....

Polly, I know. It;s funny isn;t it. As for the mad props, shite, u deserve them. Your blog amuses me till no end.


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