Hiiiiii, TV Guide channel! Just wanted to let you know that when I'm over at mom and dad's channel-flipping and come upon a little career retrospective for Heath Ledger, when I pause to watch it I do not want to have to flip away twenty seconds later because you've shown the stretcher with his body bag on it. There is no need for that
. I avoided news channels for days after he died because I didn't want to see it and knew they'd be showing it endlessly. Can we maybe, say, cut that shit out?
I remember being horrified when I learned that some tabloid photographer snuck in and took pictures of River Phoenix in his coffin. I wanted to kick the hell out of him (okay, still do) but at least at the time I thought there was a difference between him and the 'respectable' news channels. But not so much, is there?
Because it all ties into a ton of other problems I have with any kind of televised news, and increasingly the print news as well. I've thought about getting cable back recently, but that answer might turn out to be no. After all, I can pick up any show I want to watch on DVD.
It's just too many things. Olympic gold medal winner referred to as 'nude pin-up swimmer'. The rape and murder of a child referred to as a 'sex-kidnap'.
The Hilary Sexism Watch
and the Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch
There's also the tiny little matter of the HHS proposal
trying to excuse doctors/nurses/freaking everybody from doing their chosen jobs
so long as their excuse is they don't want to help out those nasty sluts, but it's much more important to focus on Joe Biden's hair
! Because that's the really important issue. Either that or Britney Spears is. Goodness knows we have to hear about everything she does, and the more scorn put into it the better.Black people loot, but white people find
. The man who held his own child captive for years so he could brutalize her in peace being cutely referred to as the “Dungeon sex dad”. Missing White Girl Syndrome. And of course, the endless closeups of people grieving. “How do you feeeeel?” That question never fails to make me wish the asker would get punched. Maybe then the other jackasses would take the hint.
Even if we do get cable back, any news channel is going to be on the 'not allowed' list while Kaylee's growing up. She doesn't need to be exposed to that.
“If it bleeds, it leads”? Not in my house.
((also, I promise I will post something cheerful next time. ;-)