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CFN Quote of the week

Gazette staff February 1st, 2012

“They put on some kind of edgy movies on the public dime. I think they showed ‘Lolita’ a while back and ‘Annie Hall’ and some things that are certainly part of the cultural milieu over the last several generations, but things that, you know, if you actually tune in and watch them, some of the public might consider that a little bit edgy for something publicly funded.”

—Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, discussing OETA in a Jan. 23 legislative hearing

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02.02.2012 at 08:18 Reply

I'd bet that if OETA peppered in The Passion of the Christ and the Greatest Story Ever Told, he wouldn't be reaching to find a problem with public TV.

Actually, Rep McCullough is saving our children from a daily onslaught of programming such as; Curious George, Dinosaur Train (OMG dinosaurs), Sesame Street, The Science Kid, WordWorld, Barney and Friends, Caillou, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas & Friends, Martha Speaks, Arthur, WordGirl, and the Electric Company. 

Bravo for Rep McCullough for taking the initiative to chastise Annie Hall, a movie far removed from the levels of obscenity you can find on prime time TV, and which was so horrifically made that it had the audacity to win 4 academy awards.

And Lolita?  Well, McCullough might be right.  I mean, why should anyone be allowed to watch a PG-13 movie which was so diluted from its original story that the 12 year old sexual focal point had to be aged up to 14?  I say tear that watered down version from PBS, and let the children borrow the book from the local library which from what I understand is significantly racier. 

I feel compelled to point out that according the IMDb Parent’s Guide said this about Lolita;

Sex & Nudity

Suggested MPAA Rating PG-13 for Strong Sexual Themes and Brief Violence.

This movie is an excellent family film.

The movie’s themes are very mature and very inappropriate for children under 10.  This movie was way ahead of it’s time and even today these themes are very hard to tackle.  Therefore, this movie is inappropriate for kids.

Violence and Gore

A man is shot at and killed, however, it is not directly shown.




Cigarettes and drinking.

While I’ve never actually seen Lolita, it also seems pretty benign.  I could probably find more sexuality and references to pedophilia in the 8-11 time slots on any major network.  I also don’t suppose the moronic McCullough went on to specify what time slot this move actually aired in cause I’m guessing it didn’t run right after Sesame Street. 

Oh if only OETA had played “The Crying Game.”  I bet poor Rep McCullough’s head would have exploded like Michael Ironside’s in “Scanners.”