Disaster Porn

TV and popular culture.
Jan. 28 2005 4:37 PM

Disaster Porn

The Discovery Channel's Pompeii: The Last Day is an exercise in imagining the worst.

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I'm as concerned as the next potential parent about young children's exposure to tree-tapping hijinks on public TV. So I called Jeanne Hopkins, communications director for WGBH in Boston, where "Postcards from Buster" is produced. Ms. Hopkins obligingly granted me an interview, which I reproduce here in its entirety.

What is the specific nature of the content that the Secretary of Education is objecting to? What exactly happens in "Sugartime!"?

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The animated character Buster Baxter meets real kids. In this episode he is in Vermont ... [he] meets kids with two moms.  The moms are not central to the story, the kids are. But their family structure seems to be what has triggered the concern.

Is there any nudity in "Sugartime!"?

No.

Is there any sexual contact between the two women? Romantic contact? Do they kiss, touch, grope each other onscreen?

No, no, no, no and no.

Is the word "lesbian" or "gay" ever used in the episode?

No, no.

How about "dyke"?

No.

How do we know that the couple pictured are lesbians?

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