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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

TV shows getting more political

I’ve noticed that in the past few weeks America TV shows have been getting pretty political. In a Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law episode they made a quip about the state of America’s environment and in the background a limousine with George W. Bush in it passed by. And the last episode was a parody of the Patriot Act, and made fun of the colour-coded terror alert system.

The excellent legal drama The Practice has always focused on important issues but in the past few episodes they have slyly attacked the Patriot Act and the Bush administration, and last nights episode included the line “our President lied to us about weapons to go to war.”

And on the brilliant Six Feet Under the past few episodes have included characters commenting that with Bush it’s all just lies, characters have been reading anti-Bush books, and in last nights program a discussion about gay marriage had this line: “the government won’t acknowledge our marriage, well I don’t acknowledge most of the Bush administration.” And a Sopranos episode featured how easy it is to smuggle nuclear weapons via cargo ships in the past season.

The U.S. media might be White House suck ups, but at least American television writers are speaking the truth. And good on them!

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