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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: June 1, 2005
It's A Crime
On June 2, CBS-TV repeats an April 28 episode, entitled "Committed," of the top-rated television show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." It features an investigation in a state mental hospital filled with violent patients and sex offenders. Many StigmaBusters found it extremely offensive the first time around.
Watch the show (9PM ET). Judge for yourself. Then ask the show's producers to rise to a higher standard in the future:
CSI Executive Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
CBS/CSI Web Site Comments:
NBC –TV has cancelled the series "Committed," which earlier this year featured an outrageous portrayal of a "crazy mother" played by Valerie Harper, who was committed to a "mental spa". (See February 17 Alert)
A successful petition drive, lead by an 11 year old boy recently persuaded Warner Brothers Entertainment to change new, menacing-looking images of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other classic characters planned for a Saturday morning "Loonatics Unleashed" cartoon series set in the year 2772 (See March 15 Alert).
Now all that's needed is changing the name. Words matter "Loonatics" is traditionally an offensive, dismissive term for people with mental illnesses that reinforces stigma and devaluation.
Television shapes perceptions. WB's "programming" of kids on Saturday mornings is particularly troublesome. Send a message or a petition signed by others to WB making the following points:
Stella March, National Coordinator
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