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Monday, April 21, 2008

Massacres, Murders: Now THAT'S Entertainment!



Try to figure out this alert just to sent to us from the E! Entertainment network, an indication that the slaphappy scandal channel and bloated pinup killer is taking a disturbing shift away from its bailiwick in what appears to be a misguided step in the tradition of the dowagers at Entertainment Tonight turning murder trials and massacres into fun stuff, the rent boys at the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com making crass cracks about real news like possible sex assault charges against the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands ("No more T&A in T&C!") or the gang at the Today show injecting themselves into real life tragedies:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E! EXAMINES
THE MOST VIOLENT EVENTS
OF OUR TIME
IN THE STARTLING SPECIAL
"GOING POSTAL: 15 MOST SHOCKING ACTS OF VIOLENCE"
PREMIERING FRIDAY, APRIL 25 AT 8PM ET/PT

Includes Interviews With Victims' Families, First-Hand Accounts From Survivors And On-The-Scene Experts About The Dramatic Events That Shocked And Changed Our Nation


Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2008 – In today's world, the news is filled with stories about school shootings, workplace homicides and shopping mall attacks, making violent acts seem almost commonplace. Tune in as E! examines some of the most horrifying events that shocked our nation and claimed countless innocent lives. Plus we'll reveal astonishing acts of bravery involving men and women who stepped in and saved many from certain death. The two-hour countdown special "Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence" premieres Friday, April 25 at 8PM ET/PT, only on E!


From the Columbine High School massacre that left an indelible scar across the country to the more recent horrors that occurred at Virginia Tech, we'll explore these terrifying crimes, uncover what provoked them and examine how the world today has changed as a result of these atrocities.

The two-hour special includes interviews from victims' family members and survivors who recount the gripping life-and-death moments. Plus learn about the inspirational stories of those who sacrificed to save others. And hear from experts including psychologists, criminal profilers and key law enforcement personnel as they take you inside the warped minds of the individuals whose behavior shaped, shocked and forever changed our world. Tune in when E! presents "Going Postal: 15 Most Shocking Acts of Violence," premiering Friday, April 25 at 8PM ET/PT.

Hey, imagine tuning in to the Ryan Seacrest channeland tuning into that. But maybe we shouldn't be so surprised or offended. After all, this is the network that's bringing us Dina Lohan's reality show. And that should be ending in a body count some time in the future.

9 comments:

Joshua Berman said...

Wow, this is a really, really long sentence:

Try to figure out this alert just to sent to us from the The E! Entertainment network, an indication that the slaphappy scandal channel and bloated pinup killer is taking a disturbing shift away from its bailywick in what appears to be a misguided step in the tradition of the dowagers at Entertainment Tonight turning murder trials and massacres into fun stuff, the rent boys at the corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com making crass cracks about real news like possible sex assault charges against the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands ("No more T&A in T&C!") or the gang at the Today show injecting themselves into real life tragedies:

Defamer said...

THE NETWORK THAT BROUGHT YOU 'SUNSET TAN' IS COUNTING DOWN AMERICA'S MOST SHOCKING ACTS OF VIOLENCE

In a weirdly media-critical kind of way, it doesn't take long to connect E!'s mission of 24/7 pop culture to this Friday's ill-advised countdown entitled ... God, we can barely write it: Going Postal: 15 Most Shocking Acts of Violence. After all, the news is the longest-running reality show of all, and if OJ Simpson, Phil Spector and Co. are more famous as accused murderers than they are for their respective professional triumphs, then the celebritizing of honest-to-goodness mass murderers — not in CourtTV, true-crime style, but rather between episodes of E! News and The Soup — seems the logical next step in the ever-entertaining canon of watching real innocent people die. Right?

We guess.

Anonymous said...

Wow.. Bad taste. Bad idea.

Anonymous said...

"After all, this is the network that's bringing us Dina Lohan's reality show." Says the guy trying to breathe Michael Lohan's reality show to life.

taylor said...

yeah, I go to Northern Illinois University and I'm sitting here getting more and more pissed off at the minute. I'm glad my friend dying and my two sorority sisters getting shot is good entertainment for everyone!

Phil said...

I agree. I was in the neighboring lecture hall during the NIU shootings. It's not so entertaining when it's happening in real time, watching your fellow classmates run for their lives. Real classy E. Way to show your respects

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Stephanie Sue said...

What's so horrible about it? Showing people what can happen in the real world.. Ooh, horrible. I've watched that program multiple times and it is not done in bad taste, and it really makes you think about life.

Sometimes, a taste of real life is needed even for those who prefer the mind-numbing bull sh** that's becoming more and more common.

Stephanie Sue said...

As unfortunate as it is for those who were there or in a similar situation.. Others need to see and learn from these situations, because a lot of them could have turned out different had someone chose to interfere..