Friday, November 12, 2004

No Death or Sex, Please, We're American

You’ve probably already heard that more than 20 ABC affiliates opted not to air the Veterans’ Day broadcast of Saving Private Ryan last night. Why? According to the AP story: “Ray Cole, president of Citadel Communications, cited recent FCC actions [namely fines levied on Janet Jackson’s nipple and Bono’s f-bomb] and last week's re-election of President Bush as reasons for replacing Saving Private Ryan on Thursday with a music program and the TV movie Return to Mayberry.”

I guess the idea of showing soldiers getting violently killed, even WW II soldiers in a fiction film, is just too much for TV in the Bush Era to bear. We certainly wouldn't want anyone to have a mental flash Falluja while watching the gruesome D-Day recreation. It’s also very interesting to note that “Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning movie aired on ABC with relatively little controversy in 2001 and 2002, but station owners -- including several in large markets -- are unnerved that airing it Thursday could bring federal punishment.” Bush & Co. (motto: “You can’t spell Big Business without US, and that’s us, not U.S.”) haven’t even been re-inaugurated yet, and the chill is on. Federal punishment is censorship, folks. And rumor has it the next Attorney General finds justice without a tiny bit of torture quaint.

Then there’s today’s story that the Religious “Right” has a new bogeyman. The amazing wire story opens: “Indignant conservative groups are protesting this week's opening of the film Kinsey, denouncing it as propaganda seeking to glorify the researcher they blame for inspiring the sexual revolution.

‘Alfred Kinsey is responsible in part for my generation being forced to deal face-to-face with the devastating consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, pornography and abortion,’ said Brandi Swindell, head of a college-oriented group called Generation Life that plans to picket theaters showing the film.”

Sorry, Brandi, but I can’t figure out how to make a heart to dot the “i" in your name like I’m sure you do. I’m also sorry that you’ve got your head up your ass. Lord knows that prior to Alfred Kinsey no one got VD, all those Victorian smut photos were actually clothed and every fetus was brought to full term. Talk about kill the messenger.

Of course, the Religious “Right” doesn’t believe the message. According to them, humans don’t have sexual urges, let alone any that can’t be satisfied in a position other than the one named after the folks Christians sent to the native heathens to screw, I mean convert, them.

The AP story gets worse when it quotes Focus on the Family’s reviewer Tom Neven who writes, “To say that it is rank propaganda for the sexual revolution and the homosexual agenda would be beyond stating the obvious.”

To think anyone believes the “homosexual agenda” in this clearly anti-gay country could be anything more than making it through the day without getting beaten up (for Jesus) is remarkable. And supposedly we’re still fighting the sexual revolution? These people would take us back to the days when Elvis’s hips jiggled outside the frame of our TVs. No, they would have just stoned Elvis before we got to that point.

This story keeps getting worse, I’m afraid. The original AP story included a quote from Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women of America's Culture & Family Institute, who compared, I wish I was kidding, Kinsey to infamous Nazi Josef Mengele. All you need to know about this Right-Wing women’s group is encapsulated in a man functioning as its director (“being in charge would be just too much for little me, hee hee”). Of course this comparison diminishes the Holocaust, but any Christian group worth its salt has to take a potshot at the Jews while attacking gays, doesn’t it?

It turns out Knight semi-realized his mistake, and has already posted what appears to be a retraction of the comparison on the Concerned Women of America website. But if you read the whole retraction (and in general if a retraction runs more than 100 words you can assume the person isn’t retracting but rationalizing), you get to Knight quoting Dr. Judith Reisman who he is sure to point out is “the Jewish woman who first exposed Kinsey’s vile ‘research’--and who, too, tragically lost most of her family in the Holocaust.”

Resiman claims: “Mengele tortured and destroyed hundreds, but Kinsey’s torture is a gift that keeps on giving in the broken lives and violated souls who went on to torture others worldwide. Tell them if they aren’t part of the demand for a Kinsey accounting they betray the Jewish dead, and Mengele’s victims will have died in vain. …If mentioning Mengele is what it takes to get my fellow Jews to respond to this horror, I’d say the comparison is not off the mark.”

That makes Knight’s argument: I didn’t mean it, but I did. Even got a Jew to agree with me. Nyyaah naah.

Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about Judith Reisman, shall we? “Reisman argues that homosexuals are trying to ‘recruit’ children through schools and the mainstream media, equates homosexuality with pedophilia, accuses Alfred Kinsey of abnormal sexual practices, and attributes his early death to excessive ‘self-abuse’ (masturbation).”

Sure sounds like a sane woman to me. Here’s hoping for all these folks’ sakes that mental masturbation doesn’t lead to eary death.


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