I have been struggling with the Weekly Hollywood Update since the shooting in Newtown. Like most people, I watched a lot of news when it happened, and I’ve had a hard time getting back on track with my normal TV viewing schedule. When I did, I noticed that everything from tv shows and movies to music were being pulled from the air in the wake of the shooting.
1. Haven on the SyFy channel was scheduled to air at it’s regular time on December 14th. The episode that week included scenes of violence in a high school. They quickly released a statement that the episode and the finale scheduled for the next week would be pulled and would air after the first of the year
2. Ke$ha’s new song “Die Young” was pulled from radio stations around the nation. The song is meant to be an anthem to encourage people to live a care-free life and never take a moment for granted. Radio stations, and Ke$ha herself, were concerned that people would focus more on the hook “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.”
3. Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” was also pulled from radio. The song has lyrics that depict a school shooting and has been causing controversy since it was first released in 2010.
4. The premieres for Jack Reacher and Django Unchained were delayed and some screenings were cancelled. Both movies are full of gun violence, but there was also a concern about making celebrities walk the red carpet with smiles on their faces in light of what was happening in Connecticut.
5. The TLC network was scheduled to air a test pilot for a show titled Best Funeral Ever about a Dallas funeral home and some of the over-the-top funerals that people plan for their loved ones. It was rescheduled to air after the first of the year.
6. Family Guy and American Dad were pulled and replaced with re-runs. The episode of American Dad scheduled to air just two days after the shooting, included a Christmas demon who punished naughty children.
7. Dexter and Homeland displayed special disclaimers before their episodes aired that informed viewers that in light of the national tragedy, scenes may be disturbing to viewers.
8. The Discovery Channel cancelled their show American Guns which is about a family that manufactures firearms.
9. HBO pulled the movie Contraband from it’s lineup for the weekend. It was replaced by comedies and romantic comedies.
10. NBC pulled a Christmas special with Blake Shelton. There were concerns about a part of the special where Blake discusses a reindeer killing.
This is actually just a short list of the violence we are exposed to in the media on a daily basis. I don’t blame violence in the media when these tragedies occur, but sitting down and creating this list was really kind of eye-opening.
What do you think about seeing this list? Are you surprised? Not surprised? Do you think these things should have been pulled?
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