Friday, January 27, 2006

Book of Daniel Burned

The Book of Daniel had all the promise of being a good show. A Six Feet Under for the networks, it was a dark comedic look at the family of an Episcopalian priest with a prescription drug problem who has private strolls with a pretty laid back Jesus. It was funny and somewhat irreverent look at a religious family without the saccharin-quality of 7th Heaven. The show touched on drug dealing, homosexuality, adoption, racism, and the mob and was only on for four episodes. Of course the religious right hated it. The protests started before it ever aired. Focus on the Family declared it “extremely repulsive” and pushed its base to harass networks and corporate sponsors into bagging the show. They were successful, several NBC affiliates refused to run it and the ratings suffered so NBC yanked it. Bastards. I get not watching something you find offensive but the arrogance behind this whole we have to save the world from the corruptive forces of anyone seeing gay people being welcomed into a church it is just ridiculous!

"This shows the average American that he doesn't have to simply sit back and take the trash being offered on TV, but he can get involved and fight back with his pocketbook."
- Donald E. Wildmon, founder of the Mississippi-based American Family Association

Because changing the channel is too difficult??? I’m sure they will replace it with something super high quality, like back to back Fear Factor. Hmmph.

-A. Monkey
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