Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Four-Letter-Word God

Surprise, surprise.  Brent Bozell’s upset about something.  NBC decided to start airing the Christian cartoon VeggieTales on Saturday mornings, but removed all the “non-historical” references to God and the bible.  

One such removal was the main characters’ indoctrinating tagline at the end of each episode:
"Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much.”

The show’s creator insists he didn’t know about these edits until a few weeks before it started running and says he wouldn’t have approved of this, had he known; though I honestly can’t imagine how the question wouldn’t have come up.  Was he really that naïve, or is he just lying?  Perhaps both.

And no wonder Brent’s upset.  NBC doesn’t want to pimp Christianity.
The show was edited to comply with the network's broadcast standards, said NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks.  "Our goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible with these positive messages while being careful not to advocate any one religious point of view," she said.

Needless to say, that is both blasphemy and music to Bozell’s ears, which love to hear blasphemy.  Not that he likes blasphemy, mind you, but it sure does help pay the bills.

Here was my favorite part:
"If NBC is so concerned about that four-letter-word God, then they shouldn't have taken `VeggieTales'," [Bozell] said. "This just documents the disconnect between Hollywood and the real world."

Right.  The “real world” where talking vegetables praise god for making kids special.  Talk about your disconnects.

If Brent goes through with this, I suspect NBC will soon be learning the same lesson of ABC’s conservative experiment (Bozo Alert!): Conservatives will not be satisfied.  They don’t just want Christian-friendly or conservative-friendly content; they want to evangelize.  Or more accurately, to whore-out the networks for their own agenda; which is exactly what they’ve imagined liberals have received for decades.

It looks like both NBC and ABC thought they could harness the conservative fire for their own purposes, and are now getting burned.  Because while conservatives put on a decent argument, it’s entirely a sham.  They don’t want fairness or reasonableness.  They want everything.  And unless you give them everything, they’ll have a tantrum.  And they’ll probably have a tantrum anyway.  They’re just like that.  They don’t want to be satisfied.  They just like to complain about being victimized and having tantrums; that’s just their nature.  And if you so much as agree to edit out any content that non-conservatives find offensive, you will get the tantrum; every time.  

So I thank Brent for making that lesson so clear to them.  I’ve caught that Veggie show once or twice and I too would rather not see it in it’s edited format.  But then again, I didn’t really want to see it at all.  And I suspect that NBC will soon agree with me on that.

1 comment:

John of the Dead said...

I'm a junior high Sunday School teacher, and I don't even care for Veggie Tales. However, there's one redeeming quality they have: the main character, Larry the Cucumber, has a super-hero alter-ego, Larry-Boy, which is nice and all, but the really great thing is that his costume is a direct rip-off of the 70s blackspoitation super-hero, Luke Cage: Power Man.

Check it:
Larry Boy

Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

Now, there's some worthless knowledge for you: a cartoon cucumber stole his super-hero costume for a 1970's Marvel Comics C-list "hero."