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LETTER: Upset with TV show

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I realize we live in the Wild West in terms of what can appear on our TV screens. And, I appreciate personal choice can have a lot to do with that. But I do expect some rules, especially in terms of basic public taste, to be followed; at least on a massively public funded broadcaster such as our CBC. You can then imagine my surprise a few days ago when I flicked over to watch the 10 p.m. national news. In doing so I caught the last few minutes of the TV series “Catastrophe.” I believe it’s a comedy but I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that my sense of public decency was assaulted. I will recap what I saw. A man and a woman were in a restaurant. They stepped outside to talk and the camera then cut to a highly intoxicated second woman, who was urinating uncontrollably while hanging on to a railing. As I was asking myself ‘Did I just see what I thought I saw?’; the camera cut back to the woman and the urine kept flowing as she struggled to stay on her feet. The purpose of the scenes showing the urinating woman became obvious when the camera cut to an engagement ring sitting in the middle of a pool of urine. Apparently, the man had asked the first woman outside to give the ring to her. The idea of a man misplacing an engagement ring has been the butt of jokes over the years. I didn’t find this latest version of the joke funny. I am far from a being a prude, but I expect to see a higher level of decorum at 9:55 p.m., just prior to the highly rated CBC national news.

Gary MacDougall,


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