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ABC, DISNEY, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Hollywood, Sheep, Yucking it Up

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 28, 2008


Apparently, I have no sense of humor at all.  I’m sure people will think I’m a prude.  I’m not.  I’ve used vulgar language on occasion NOT as a regular old word to say in every sentence like the word “UM”.  I guess everyone wants to be a sailor these days or at least like the taste of potty mouth.  I guess for me the Jimmy Kimmel broadcast stepped over the line. 

I’m referring to the Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel use of ABC’s late night show to bring sophomoric humor to levels of Fucked-updom of speech (I don’t mean freedom of speech). 

I get the humor.  But this is nothing but shocking people into watching, shocking people into paying attention so they can get more money.  I call them SHOCKERITES!

During my generation we’ve gone from three TV channels to hundreds who continually need to bring in new revenue in a shrinking revenue market place.  So over the years the more a TV network revealed (up to the limit that the FCC would take) the edger, more “life like” and then they discovered that the shockers equaled more money.  You know sex, drugs and cussing…more money.

Late night had some taste about it when Johnny Carson was around (Letterman has this quality).  He was great at alluding to things and for heaven sake, isn’t that what makes it fun.  Let’s compare that to the fuck filled “sketch” done by Silverman and Kimmel.  I could have found it funny had they NOT said fuck every other word.  Why did they do it?  For SHOCK…they are SHOCKERITES.  Here, here, watch me, watch me, I’m “special” so come watch my show and wait for me to shock you again while I make more money. 

It has not been that long ago that one couldn’t say bitch, damn or bastard.  Fuck in all its glory will be coming soon to a TV near you without any cutesy sounds over it.  Full blown porno won’t be far behind, heck it is already here with splotches over it. 

I’m not like everyone else that seems to think this is a non-event.  I’m not impressed that all these Hollywood stars participated.  They are way too full of themselves NOT to appear on something like this.  Disney and ABC…you think they didn’t know that this was going to happen…of course they did…they had to approve it.  They were hoping that it would be the shocker of shockers that would bring more people to watch their late night show.  I’m hoping it will continue to be a non-event EXCEPT that people will quietly complain and take a stand against them where it HURTS…by not watching, not patronizing, taking their money away from them…apparently that is the only thing that means anything to “them” (or should I say us, a question for another time).

ABC was the last regular network that I watched regularly.  They’ve lost me and consequently my entire household.  The Disney trip we were planning for has been shelved.  There are lots of other parks to go to.  There are plenty of decent cable networks to watch with education, travel, science and more.  We have nature in all its glory, sports, books, art, music, board games, cards, writing, drawing, the internet, gaming systems and our endless imaginations to use instead of the tube.  

I’ve decided I’m tired of pandering, of turning a blind eye to it, of throwing my hands up into the air and saying oh well, what can I do about it.  So…I actually filed my first FCC complaint about it.  At some point I have to take a stand.  If we don’t stand for something we’ll fall for anything as the old saying goes.  The media doesn’t own my moral compass.

I’m tired of media people who think they are so above everyone.  I’m tired of the watch me, watch me junk.  I’m tired of being a sheep herded to where ever they tell us to go or how to live or what medicines to take or who is so wonderful by awarding themselves stuff on an awards show designed to make money for themselves and their cohorts.

I’m done with the Shockerites, the desperate way in which they try to hang on to our eyes, ears, but mostly our purse strings. 

If the line in the sand isn’t drawn, what is next?  Anarchy anyone, anyone?  Is there anyone to stand up for morals and ethics or boundaries or limitations? 

When is the line drawn in the sand for YOU?

I’m really DONE now!  😉

PS.  Apparently Disney keeps tabs of when they are discussed as someone dropped by to read this and my About page.  I hope they are listening and they realize that there are more than a few people out there like me.  I just happened to take action and then tell about it.  The silent majority needs to be less silent. 


8 Responses to “ABC, DISNEY, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Hollywood, Sheep, Yucking it Up”

  1. angie said

    Wow, I am filled with pride to know ya! It does seem we all complain and then do nothing about it. You have taken action. Girl I am going to file a complaint too! I agree totally with everything in your post. I am so sick of the F word constantly being thrown in our faces. You said it well, Shockerites! Love that word. You go girl!

  2. Thank you Angie.

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  4. Jon said

    Great commentary Canvasgrey! I completely agree with you! Pollsters will tell you that for every opinion expressed, there is at least a 1,000 people who feel likewise. I’m sure between you and me, there’s A WHOLE LOT MORE than 2,000 who were likewise turned off by such low-class taste. I’m not a prude either; I hear the F-word in movies all the time. But I thought broadcast TV was supposed to be the last bastion against having “F*ck” constantly in your face. Its too bad that these days, voicing one’s disgust only delights the Networks, because it gives them free publicity…and then everyone tunes in to Kimmel to see what all the hubub is about, driving up his ratings. Wanna know how you can really send a message! Find every friend/neighbor/acquaintence you know who is a NIELSEN RATINGS BOX participant, and ask them to cross Kimmel off their viewing list. When his ratings plunge, then let’s see how long ABC will put up with his tastelessness.

  5. Jon, that is an excellent idea. I truly didn’t know if the Nielsen ratings still existed. That would be the BEST way because I doubt the FCC will do anything about it. At best a small fine. That is why the Shockerites are aplenty these days…no one says or does anything!

  6. Dear Disney,

    I’m glad you could come back and check on this again today. I hope it shows you really care about your over all image. I’ve been so very disappointed that Disney and ABC would let this go on. Where have all the family values gone?

    Sincerely, Debi, The Canvas Grey

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