May 11, 2004

Ghouling of America

Ok- I have to get this off my chest.
An American was beheaded in Iraq, and it was all videotaped and posted on the internet.
Now the debate begins- should they show it on TV, and should websites publish it ?
Here is my take on it.

I have a 13 year old girl who is super sensitive and I find myself today telling her to not watch the news because I can't trust that they won't show it.

To broadcast it in any way is to lower ourselves to the ghoulishness of the blood sucking bastards who did this.

How would you like to turn on the TV and see a videotape of your loved one being beheaded ? Isn't the consideration of the family involved even an issue ?

The fact is you could go on any search engine and find this crap.

Some say this should be broadcast to show the level these creeps have stooped to.
We saw that on September 11, 2001- what more proof do we need ?
I saw people drop to their deaths on live TV- I heard the words fuck and shit so many times on live TV that day.
I saw one photo where 5 people are jumping out of the WTC at the same time.
Why don't the networks just say the real reasons for showing a beheading ?
"We are showing this because we want big ratings"

Posted by dr at May 11, 2004 05:42 PM | TrackBack

Ratings is the truth! Grr. Can you imagine knowing this person, and seeing this on TV? The horror, the outrage, the gut-wrenching sickness of it... I almost don't even have the words. It's bad enough to hear them talk about it. It's bad enough to imagine his last few seconds in our heads. And us, even, as adults? Leave children (teenagers, I know, they hate to be called children) whatever last shred of innocence that school and peers and culture hasn't beaten out of them yet. This shouldn't be shown. We shouldn't stoop to "their" level; that doesn't make us any better than they are. Rather, it debases and shames us.


Posted by: Lorena at May 11, 2004 06:24 PM
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