Sunday, September 23, 2007

from the people who cancelled Arrested Development...

So, less than a week after a student at the University of Florida was tasered for trying to ask former presidential candidate John Kerry (you've seen the clip by now, I'm sure, but just in case, watch it here - read some good blogs on the incident here and here), Fox is now showing a promo for their crappy-looking new sitcom "Back to You" (apparently two people arguing in a workplace is so endlessly hilarious we need another show about it, perhaps to contrast the other sitcoms on Fox, which mostly feature people arguing at home) prominently featuring a presumably humorous tasering (I don't have a link to this clip, I just caught it on TV a few minutes ago, but should it emerge on the Internet I'll link to it). Given the amount of sadistic glee Fox News' commentators have shown over the University of Florida incident (the student who was assaulted was asking a question critical not only of Kerry but of Bush as well), this ad feels more than a little ghoulish. Personally, this whole situation makes me kind of sick, especially given how many people have been suggesting the student somehow deserved to be attacked, because he either used the word "blowjob" in his question, cut in line, went over his alloted amount of time asking the question, or just dared to ask a question critical of the visiting speaker at the event. Do I even need to bring up the student's first amendment rights, let alone none of those supposed offenses warranted a violent physical attack upon the student's person. This is some sick, sad, scary shit, but is it really unexpected, given the general intolerance of the political climate these days, which has been rapidly regressing during the course of the Bush administration's reign of whatever. Well, no shit, this is all pretty obvious stuff, I doubt I'm really tell you anything new. And anyway, all this comes barely a week after the anniversary of September 11th. So much for Americans coming together blah blah blah words shame despair...

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