Violence, Fantasy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Free Polazzo friendlysystems at
Wed May 26 13:36:54 JEST 1999

Dear SAYMA Friends,

I received this e mail as part of a Sci Fi (Babylon 5) List to which I
belong.  It deals with issues of violence in the
media and it's effects on viewers and its producers.  The letter is from
Warner Brothers (WB) CEO , forwarded by a local TV36 employee.

The questions it raises are good ones for Friends to ponder.   For me, some
of the question are:

Is this an opportunity to speak with our teens about violence and how to
respond to it?   

Is is progress to have female heros inflicting violence on the "villains"?   

The villains in Buffy are VERYmalevolent and one sided -( vampires mostly)
 Does that excuse the violence?

Why is this show so popular?


>For Buffy fans
>It is with much regret that WB36! could not give you more advance notice of
>the decision made by The WB regarding Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
>Jamie Kellner, CEO of The WB, made the following statement on Monday, May
>24, 1999:
>"It is out of sympathy and compassion for the families and communities that
>have been devastated by the recent senseless acts of violence perpetrated on
>high school campuses that we have decided to delay this broadcast.  Our
>decision is also borne out of a deep sense of responsibility to The WB's
>loyal young audience."
>"At issue for us was a short part of the climactic scene of this powerful
>two-part season finale.  During a solar eclipse that occurs during his
>commencement speech at Sunnydale High's graduation ceremony, the mayor
>morphs into a 60-foot serpent and attacks the students.  In turn, Buffy and
>her classmates are forced to defend themselves.  Given the current climate,
>depicting acts of violence at a high school graduation ceremony, even
>fantasy acts against 60-foot serpents and vampires, we believe, is
>inappropriate to broadcast around the actual dates of these time-honored
>"We apologize to the millions of loyal 'Buffy' viewers who are eagerly
>anticipating this episode.  We sincerely hope that you understand that the
>last thing we want to do is pre-empt our season finale.  However, at this
>time, we feel that it is the best and most responsible decision for us to
>"Like most of its loyal fans and the nation's critics, we at The WB consider
>BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER to be one of the highest quality programs on
>television today.  We plan on being able to broadcast "Graduation Day, Part
>One and Two" later in the summer.  Next season, Buffy and her cohorts,
>having graduated from high school, will be involved in their greatest
>adventure ever."

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