Thursday, November 02, 2006

TV Censorship: Silly and Sillier

Penn Jillette -- who gave me some of the most acute insights into "Borat" of anyone I've read -- appeared on "The Colbert Report." Colbert said he didn't like Jillette because Jillette exposed lies and Jillette responded by telling the kids at home, "There is no Santa Claus, there is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy and there is no God." (That's a paraphrase.) The show amusingly bleeped out his revelations about the Tooth Fairy et al but didn't bleep out "There is no God." Make of that what you will.

But in a truly silly moment, the slow and stupid game show The Rich List gave a team of contestants two chances to win $250,000. First they had to name Oscar-winning Best Pictures. (They stopped LONG before hitting the total amount.) And then they had to list Disney animated movies, including Pixar films. Almost anyone could have listed 15 but they panicked at stopped at 13. The show's trademark line (soon to be forgotten) is "An unfinished list is unfinished business" after which they show the numerous other right answers. But as richboy pointed out, the ONE Disney movie they didn't list (and they listed them all) was "Song Of The South," the horribly dated but Oscar-winning live action/animated movie which shows Uncle Remus retelling the tales of Brer Rabbit. If they want to claim it doesn't count because it includes live action, I don't believe them. They just want to pretend it doesn't exist, just like Disney, which refuses to put the film out on DVD because our delicate sensibilities couldn't handle it. Why not present it with the proper scholarly context of an appropriate commentary track dealing with the racism, the times it was made in, and the enduring appeal of Brer Rabbit?

1 comment:

Lebatron said...

censorship drives me insane, man. That's why I started my blog. Because in the real world, but articles and stories were never published due to their being "unapproriate". Check them out and let me know what you think, yourself.