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November 11, 2004

Veterans Day: Violence and Profanity

Today is Veterans Day. My dad was a Captain in the Army in WWII, and his brother also served, both stationed in England. My dad saw Saving Private Ryan when it came out in 1998, and urged his children to see it. We did.

On Veterans Day 2004, ABC and its affiliates have withdrawn its showing of this important movie about the landing at Normandy 60 years ago. The reason: Saving Private Ryan has profanity and violence ... apparently not suitable for viewing ... on Veterans Day ... while we are losing lives in Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah.

A showing of this movie would have to reasonably begin at 9 PM and "violence and profanity" can only be shown after 10 PM. Ask the Fox Network, the bastion of morality. Its Jerry Springer Show, where unspeakable acts are discussed to the taunts of "fight naked," and Fear Factor, where people apparently eat live snails, are shown after 10 PM.

My dad and uncle were very proud of their service to this country, and although probably shy about the title, both were born of the "greatest generation." They would be the first to tell you war is violent and it is profane.

ABC has placed this important movie on the same plane as Janet Jackson's exposure during the Super Bowl. If ABC were fined by the FCC $550,000 for showing Saving Private Ryan, it should be proud to pay the price.

Posted by Gadflygirl at November 11, 2004 09:01 PM


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