Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Agony of Bad Decisions

Of course if it's game day in Philadelphia, it's time for a new T.O. controversy. This week: Monday Night Football meets Desperate Housewives, a suggestively naked Nicole Sheridan and a willing Terrell Owens. It's been impossible to watch TV or read the newspapers or surf the web without hearing about the MNF fiasco.
I've seen the spot and it's silly, full of bad acting (T.O.), and just stupid. Though everybody seems to be upset that kids might have or did see it, and it was inappropriate for children. See here, here and here. And some people thought it was racially insenstive. Be that as it may, there are things on television far worse, and take this as you will, but the only people complaining about the spots racial overtones are just a handful of black people. Personally, I thought the bit was racially neutral, Just a desperate housewife and a star football player, would have meant the same to me if it Peyton Manning and Halle Berry.
But, the most stupid part of this controversy is that it's a controversy at all. This should have been a one day thing and a brief mention as a follow-up later in the week. Instead, things like the DeLay rule vote in Congress get shifted to back burner, and the nation talks about how disgraceful this all was. Ah, well, the more things change the more things stay the same. I'll let John Smallwood and Sam Donnellon have the last word here.


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