View Full Version : Suspension of That's My Bush.
09-20-2001, 03:32 PM
I just had a perplexing conversation with a friend who was complaining because our local (Canadian) station has decided not to air "That's My Bush!"
I found myself in the odd position of trying to explain why it is unreasonable to expect a program like that to air right now. He says if I agree with it, I'm against Free Speech. Now, I'm not a member of the GWB fan-club, but it makes sense to me that a white-house lampoon isn't going to fly while the world braces itself for what may possibly blow up into WWIII. Am I a fascist?
09-20-2001, 04:08 PM
Gee, I don't know how to break this to you, since it might cause an international incident, but the show has been completely cancelled. And not for political correctness reasons, either. It's just that you might have been the only person who watched it.
09-20-2001, 04:10 PM
Actually I watched it too. I thought it was funny and that's coming from a Republican who voted for Bush.
09-20-2001, 04:46 PM
I watched it. I thought it was hilarious. I agree that now is not the time to show it.
I'm not sure what Comedy Central's decision has to do with the first amendment. The government has not banned the show.
09-20-2001, 04:49 PM
I noticed it hasn't been on either. I mean some episodes might have been unreasonable, like the SDI...but just not making any new episodes? That was a truly great show. Sigh. I only wish I'd gotten all the episodes on tape, but at least I've seen them all. Good night, sweet prince.
09-20-2001, 05:00 PM
Inherrant in the right to free speech is the television network's right to decide what it will and will not say. It has as much right to air the show as it does not to air it.
Unless the gummint gets involved. Then it's a whole 'nother cup fulla rocks altogether.
09-20-2001, 05:07 PM
I'm a bleeding-heart-liberal-wouldn't-vote-for-Bush-for-a-million-dollars-and-a-blow-job-Democrat and I'm glad they cancelled it because it sucked!
I expected much more from Trey Parker. It wasn't even juvenile in the way that South Park is juvenile -- that I could appreciate it. It just seemed to me like they were phoning it in. The scripts seemed to be made up mostly of jokes that didn't cut the mustard on South Park so they threw them at this dog.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
09-20-2001, 05:42 PM
The show had been canceled long before the attacks. The ratings weren't that bad (Better than "Primetime Glick".), but Comedy Central couldn't justify the cost of an episode for them. But CC was still airing re-runs up until Sept. 11 at which point they wiped the show out of existence from the channel and website.
Like Griff Rhys Jones before me, I'm a wishy-washy-liberal-with-left-wing-instincts-and-a-sneaking-admiration-for-the-right. I've never seen this show. Could someone send me a tape?
Anyway what do you think of the British satire media? Private Eye? Rory Bremner? Chris Morris? For what it's worth I'd pay hard cash to see these guys set loose in the US. And in Afghanistan. And in my local chip shop, where a particularly brutal takeover bid seems to have taken place. My middle-aged Italian bloke has vanished, to be replaced with a young Italian bloke of no relation. If this were a movie, what would that say to you? Huh?
09-20-2001, 06:31 PM
Comedy Central had annouced the show was cancelled about a week before the bombing. It wasn't so much a satire on Bush as it was a satire on the conventions of TV situation comedies of the 50s and 60s. They were in the position to show bad TV to comment on the badness of TV. Good on paper, but it's still bad TV.
Bush was hardly attacked on the show. Certainly not in any meaningful way.
Since the show was dead anyway, there was no particular reason to continue to air it at a touchy time like the present.
09-21-2001, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by dropzone
It's just that you might have been the only person who watched it.
Not a bit of it. I'd give it a shot, which is more than I could say for BASEketball.
09-21-2001, 01:06 AM
Am I the only one here who would feel more secure if the actor who played Bush on That's My Bush were the actual president of the US? Harsh, I know, but that's the God-honest truth.
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