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“Buster” To Be Netcast

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 5:51 pm

After a threat from US Ed chief Margaret Spellings bumped it from PBS affiliates across the country, Postcards from Buster is to get its due on the web.

The Family Pride Coalition will make the famed “Sugartime” episode available for viewing on its website until March 13th. The organization will also hold a “virtual rally” on March 10th “to express outrage at the harmful rhetoric being espoused by the Department of Education, the very department responsible for leading the nation’s education agenda.”

Until then, watch the video, which is notably lacking any steamy hot lesbian action.

When Sponges Attack

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 3:26 pm

SpongeBob and dopplegangers infiltrate “Focus on the Family Day” at the Colorado Capitol.

Story and pictures at Progress Now.

Same Shit, Different Country (Pt. 2)

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 1:27 pm

A seminar was held in New Delhi yesterday to discuss how obscenity in the media affects crime. In short, they decided that it does.

One actress/censor board member noted that although ‘obscenity’ is hard to define, “the thumb rule should be that whatever one cannot see with the family can be considered obscene or adult material.”

At WebIndia and Delhi Newsline.

Utah Votes for Net Nanny

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 10:57 am

Utah’s Senate has passed a bill that would require ALL ISPs to block web sites that the state deems “harmful to minors.”

The Governor has 2 weeks to decide whether to sign.

From CNET. (Sent in by Chris at Censoround.)

Disney re: Indecency Regulation: Go for It!

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 9:11 am

Is Disney worried about the prospect of the FCC regulating cable indecency? Nah.

In Broadcasting & Cable, via I Want Media.

MediaWeek on Possible Cable Regulation

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 7:34 am

Todd Shields has the skinny: Pols Pursue Paid Cable, Satellite Content.

Bozell Details NBC’s Sins

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 7:31 am

NBC has apparently introduced a new sitcom that will send the entire network to h-e-l-l. The show in question is “Committed,” described by NBC as a show “that casts an off-kilter eye on the bizarre whirlwind courtship of two opposites who attract each other despite outrageous circumstances.”

Earth-shattering breakthrough in the sitcom arts?

According to Bozell, the show is full of blasphemy, sacrilege, and a lot of other stuff that makes God angry:

The NBC show’s funeral mass begins with kneeling, which is wrong. The priest is wearing no vestments for the funeral, just a white robe and a stole, which is wrong. When the non-Catholic characters receive communion without knowing better, that’s wrong. Not only do most people understand what Catholics believe about communion, but priests routinely instruct non-Catholics not to receive the Eucharist during Communion.

The show’s neurotic Jewish lead character, Nick, who took communion but didn’t swallow the Host, is carrying it around, wondering how to get rid of it. He and his friend Bowie try to dispose of it by putting it on a tray of crackers in front of the priest. (Funny, huh?) When that doesn’t work, there’s the aforementioned awful flushing scene. When Nate and Bowie realize they haven’t flushed the Body of Christ down the toilet, they return to watch the priest thoughtlessly grab the Host off the cracker tray. Saying “What the Hell,” he puts it in his mouth and ends the plotline.

In summation, says Bozell, “What’s next for this network as it sinks into fourth place? Having its sitcom characters accidentally use the Old Testament as toilet paper? Mocking God isn’t funny. It’s evil.”

Bozell: NBC Flushes the Sacred, at TownHall.com.

Indecent Proposal

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 7:23 am

BrandWeek on the proposal to un-indecencify cable and satellite networks:

“Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area,” Senator Ted Stevens told the NAB. Of course it is. That’s the point: Not its “indecency,” but it’s where viewers and creators can find ideas that are free of narrow, demagogic, Mayberry-style notions of what is decent.

There is a reason audiences have for two decades been eroding away from the network TV assembly-line that birthed Full House. It’s because of “TGIF” lineups, awards shows and lousy sitcoms, and because, apparently, the real programming talent has been ghettoed off at Comedy Central and the Cartoon Network—even Murdoch’s FX. There they’ve been free to act as skunkworks, commissioning creators unrestrained by the futzing, second-guessing and now paranoid management of broadcast television.

In BrandWeek.

Sharpton Proposed Ban on Violence in Music

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 03/07/2005 @ 7:15 am

Al Sharpton plans to propose a 90-day radio ban for any artist who romanticizes violence to sell music.

“We may not be able to stop people from shooting, but we can stop people from profiting from the violence,” said Sharpton.

In NY Newsday.

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