The self-appointed censor Rev. Donald Wildmon and his group is at it again-
this time the target is Saturday Night Live. For those who may be unfamiliar
with the American Family Association, they are an affiliation of mostly
fundamentalist religious groups who seek to censor and control any program
in the mass media which offends their religious views. It is one thing to
advocate boycotting a show, but quite another to target corporate sponsors
and networks, in order to prevent *other* people from viewing shows. Toward
this end, the group targets several companies each month, and subjects them
to an intense mail and phone campaign. They threaten to boycott the company
if they don't pull their support of offending shows, and the sheer volume of
complaints is sometimes enough to fool companies into thinking that this
group has enough members and support to do real harm with the boycott. They
don't. They are just a small but extremely vocal minority. Unfortunately,
this tactic is often successful.
Saturday Night Live is now their target. They have targetted the top 10
sponsors, and have convinced 4 of them to drop support.
This is YOUR television that they attempting to censor, by shutting down
otherwise popular albeit controversial shows. I encourage everyone to
write or call these companies; a well-written original note explaining
the *real* views of the public can go a long way toward undoing the
control these zealots are attempting to place on our culture.
Companies who have dropped support are:
Pres. Koichi Amemiya
American Honda Company
100 West Alondra
Gardena, CA 90248
Chrm. Robert E. Allen
550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Pres. John R. Albers
Dr. Pepper/7-Up Inc.
PO Box 665086
Dallas, TX 75265
Chrm. James Near
PO Box 256
Dublin, OH 43017
Apparently the AFA has nothing better to do than scan all of the TV channels
and censor anything which offends them, whether or not its something that
they normally watch or not. If you want to see the censors at work first-
hand, send a letter with a bit of foaming-at-the-mouth to them, and they'll
send you a couple of months free subscription to their newsletter:
Donald E. Wildmon
American Family Association
P.O. Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803-9988
Thanks for your support.