When The Evening News Is Obscene

02.13.10

I’m quite certain everyone knows by now about the terrible death of Nodar Kumaritashvili. Nodar Kumaritashvili was the 21 year old Georgian luger who crashed into a metal pole after being one of twelve Olympic athletes to have an accident while training on the worlds’ fastest course.

NBC showed the accident. And then they showed it again.

Although the world is entitled to know that Nodar Kumaritashvili died while taking a trial run, are we more entitled to view his death than his parents are entitled to not view it?

Granted every network does their 3 second disclaimer, “this is difficult to watch”, but they go right ahead and show it. I would rather my children see naked adults kissing strangers than have them viewing the death of a 21 year old athlete.

What’s interesting is that my lunch earlier in the week was interrupted. Unfortunately my two favorite Pho places in town both have televisions on at all times, and the televisions are almost always tuned to CNN. Earlier this week I was unable to finish my lunch as CNN showed this video. Please do not feel like you need to watch it. If you do not click “play” you will not have to watch it.

Is the luge death more obscene than pornography?
The beating? Is this more upsetting to you than porn?

Why is America able to embrace mayhem and manslaughter, but not an embrace?

You know, besides the other porn The Terrible Porn (NSFW)I sent to my husband’s office.