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Diatribe: Parenting v. Censoring: “The New Normal” Pulled By NBC Affiliate Prior To Premiere.

08/29/2012

I find censorship of any kind to be disgusting.  Why one adult thinks that he or she is somehow qualified to make decisions about what another adult sees, reads or hears is mind-boggling.  When I was a child, my mother would send me to bed when it was time for Laugh In and she monitored every book that I read, record that I bought and game that I played.  She parented me.

I find that, increasingly often, it appears that there is no longer a difference between parenting and censoring.

An NBC affiliate in Utah has pulled the upcoming sitcom The New Normal from its fall lineup.  Apparently, based mostly upon this short commercial.

The show, created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story), centers around a successful, committed and loving pair of men who are missing only one thing in life: a baby.  A surrogate mother and other various characters mesh to create a special kind of family.

“From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another.  The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude.  The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive.” – Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV’s Parent Company, Bonneville International

I don’t buy this.  There are dozens of programs on NBC that feature murder or violence and dialogue that is excessively rude and crude is status quo in the world of today’s sitcoms.  Two Broke Girls is one of the dirtiest television programs that I’ve ever seen and NBC proudly includes it in their upcoming Monday schedule.

Incidentally, Bonneville International is owned by Deseret Management Corporation, the for-profit operating company of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  It’s not a huge leap to figure out the real problem that this organization might have with The New Normal.

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12 Comments
  1. I hate to generalize, but that’s Utah for ya.

    I censor my TV all the time by turning the channel, or, better yet, turning it off. Too bad those NBC Utah fellas don’t think they’re audiences are as intelligent.

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  2. maryisidra permalink

    I Do Not Buy “it” either. I also second Bob. Turn it off folks if ya’ll don’t like it…

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  3. Interesting. Perhaps I’ll be boycotting NBC programming from now on. Not hard to do since it’s generally terrible, but this gives me new motivation.

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    • I hope, unlike our friends in Utah, you’ll at least WATCH it before you make a decision.

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      • Ohhh, no, I meant that I’d boycott NBC for caving to pressure from advertisers, not because of the content of the show. I have no problem with the premise of The New Normal. I probably won’t watch it but I don’t generally watch sitcoms anyway. Same-sex marriages/partnerships don’t trouble me in the least.

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  4. This makes me very afraid – censorship is just the beginning of ruling by the moralists.

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