Archive for October 1st, 2006

Who is really to blame here?

Phil’s post responding to the accusation of compromise for money stated,

“I decided to continue primarily as a favor to Classic Media and my friends at Big Idea, who would have been in a major pickle if I had abandoned the project just a few weeks before the first air date.  (We didn’t find out about the need for the cuts until early August, about two weeks before delivering the first episode.)”

Again, why are people accusing Phil Vischer first? A post from Tim of Random Observations concludes this about NBC’s double-standard,

“Rock star desecrating famous symbol of the Christian faith? No problem. You are special, and God loves you? Not allowed.

NBC defended that the reason for the cuts were in order to reduce the DVD length episodes to 30 minutes. But Phil Vischer’s post explains that he was asked by NBC and Big Idea to modify the Veggie Tale episodes to half-hour segments in the beginning. In an article by WorldNetDaily he states,

“As a guy deeply involved with the project, I know that statement is false,” Vischer wrote on his own weblog. “We sent them our first episode for TV, which was already edited to EXACTLY the right length, and they rejected it because, at the end, Bob the Tomato said, ‘Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much.’ They demanded we remove that line. The show wasn’t too long, it was too religious.”

A day after NBC’s original defense, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article:

“After first blaming time constraints as the reason certain references to God were cut from a popular children’s television series, NBC on Friday acknowledged that the edits were made because the network did not want to appear to be advocating any religion.”

Although many Christians pointed to NBC’s hypocrisy by including Madonna hanging on a cross with a crown of thorns, NBC has fortunately decided to remove the scene.

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