Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Because in America we have the freedom to be angry!

If you watched the Emmy's on Sunday you probably caught the opening skit that began with Conan doing a spoof on Lost where his plane crashed into the ocean near a deserted island. My roommate told me last night that apparently some people are outraged (outraged!) that NBC would have the unsympathetic gall to air such a thing so soon after the Kentucky plane crash that afternoon.

Hey, guys? Is everyone listening? Please, raise your hand if you tragically lost someone in the Kentucky plane crash and then went home and watched the Emmy's.

6 Comments:

At 12:59 PM, August 29, 2006, Blogger G. said...

Also, I watched it yesterday on Youtube, and it wasn't even ABOUT a plane crash. It was Conan appearing in scenes from different TV shows, and it started out with Lost, where he is in a plane that crashes just like in the pilot. Then he goes into the office in The Office, and a bunch of other stuff. Reading the reports about "outrage" I had this idea that the entire skit was about how hilarious a deadly plane crash can be.

 
At 7:32 PM, August 29, 2006, Anonymous beppy said...

it's just the logical extension of political correctness and gotcha politics--feigning outrage to achieve ulterior motives. it all reeks of a sanctimonious smugness that rejects and replaces legitimate criticism with hurt feelings and emotion to avoid reality.

 
At 9:18 AM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you!!

Coming back from Europe this summer I realized that the only acceptable emotion in America is anger. Sadness, even bliss, seems indulgent and excessive, but anger makes Americans feel ... macho? I don't understand.

 
At 4:30 PM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous J.T. Kirkland said...

I'm from Lexington and I knew as acquaintances the honeymoon couple that was killed. I didnt watch the Emmy's but I saw it on Youtube. I'm not sure what to make of it. On one hand, I was a bit offended by it (based on the timing of it). But on the other, if I had no connection whatsoever to KY or the people on the plane, I probably wouldn't have thought anything of it.

I think it would have been best for the network to inform the affiliates in KY that the scene would be in the opening and allow them to cut in late if desired. I don't think this happened. Talking to my parents in Lexington they told me that the city was eerily quiet all day Sunday. The sadness covered the city.

When 9/11 movies generate "outrage" 4-5 years after the event, I think it's understandable that mocking a plane crash just hours after 49 people were killed because of a serious of mistakes is understandable. Has the outrage gone overboard? Probably. But let's not pretend it doesn't bother people. It bothers me (though I'm not outraged by any means).

 
At 8:50 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

I don't doubt that "sadness" covered the city, and my post certainly had nothing to do with the horrible event itself. I'm just wondering how many of these people, in the midst of their tragedy, turned on the tube to watch the glam on the red carpet that evening. You clearly didn't, you only watched it after you heard about the hub-bub, right? So it seems like people (not you) are just going out of their way to feign outrage on behalf of people who didn't even watch it.

If all art, television, movies, posters, et cetera, et cetera were wholesome, family-friendly, and 100% non-offensive, the world would also be fucking boring.

Did Conan's skit physically hurt someone? Did it disenfranchise your voting rights? Did it deny you admission to a public establishment? Did it underhandedly assure you weren't hired for that job?

There are offensive things that matter in this world, and then there are things that people whine about because someone, somewhere, might have had their feelings hurt. It doesn't mean we don't have the right to be bothered by it, it just means that the world wasn't created for you and your sensitivities alone, and we all just have to grow up and deal with it. Otherwise where does it stop? Do we have to cancel the entire series of Lost now, because three years ago they had an episode about a plane crash and now weekly reminders of that event are on every Wednesday on Fox? Just turn your damn tv off.

 
At 3:22 PM, September 01, 2006, Anonymous roonie said...

Man, there are plane crashes all the time. If Conan wasn't specifically mocking it, then it wasn't in bad taste. I mean, does every simulated situation deserve the attention of public outrage because it happened somewhere? My parents live in Lexington, and my stepdad works for Comair in Lexington. It could've just as easily have been them on that plane, as they fly all the time. Or it could've just as easily been a plane in India. Or Armenia.

People are too sensitive. Buck up.

 

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