UGH. Listen. I’m wigging out about the horror that’s been occurring in this country over the past week just like the rest of us, but what I DON’T need is “sensitivity censorship” thrust upon me by network TV–specifically NBC. The network has pulled episode 4 of the new series “Hannibal” due to “disturbing content“. Guess what? The entire SERIES IS DISTURBING in content, which is part of its escapism charm for those of us who love the Tom Harris books and subsequent films.
Here’s their CYA-philosophy:
“…series creator Bryan Fuller phoned NBC and told the net that, “given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.”
“I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience,” Fuller told Variety. “Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. … It was my own sensitivity.”
By pulling episode four from the lineup, NBC has effectively bumped the frosh season of “Hannibal” up a week. The season finale for “Hannibal,” originally slated for June 27, will now be on June 20.
You know what I find more offensive? The news outlets–network and cable–zooming in on the bloody sidewalks of the nightmare that occurred in Boston WITHOUT FAIR WARNING, and the images of bloodied victims with missing limbs WITHOUT FAIR WARNING, that’s what. This is what I’m referring to as “selective censorship” in the media. (Don’t even get me going on CNN’s shit-storm of mis-information-blabbing earlier in the week; I’m talking to YOU, Mr. “Exclusive” John King. Thank you, Jon Stewart.)
At least the producers of “Hannibal” have the decency to give its 10 p.m. audience FAIR WARNING regarding the content they are about to air.
Is it just me?