Alcohol Censorship

Posted on January 7, 2012 | By TheEnabler | Comments Off on Alcohol Censorship

Vodka must be lower calorie than I thought.

Once again, the mainstream media shows its cowardice at things in real life.  It has just been reported that NBC quailed at the title “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” for the new sitcom based on the book of the same title.  Apparently, even though Chelsea is a well-known two-fisted drinker and the show is about a hard drinking woman, vodka in the title is a mite bit too controversial.  The show is now titled, “Are you there, Chelsea?”.  Bah.

At the same time the story about why the title has changed a number of times.  Sometimes the title is too long, sometimes too controversial, sometimes they just want to appeal to a broader audience.  Here is a great quote by Chelsea herself – Fast forward a month, and spin had set in. The real reason for the name change, Handler now insists, is deference to the diverse tastes of potential viewers:  “Not everybody likes vodka, unbeknownst to me,” is the star’s newest explanation.

I love that.  Maybe instead of dropping vodka entirely, just change it to “booze.”  That has broad appeal.  Everyone likes some type of booze except Mormons and such, and I doubt they are a big target market for a show that NBC describes her as a”sexually dynamic advanced drinker,” who is jailed for a DUI in the first episode.

There is not too much to rant about here except this is emblamatic of how society can’t seem to wrap itself around the idea that it is okay to mention that people drink alcohol.  Nothing wrong with that.  Just don’t be a Chelsea.  (Although she does have a certain obvious appeal).


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