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The Footy Show (letter)

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 Contents - Nov 2003AD2000 November 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Anglicanism at the crossroads - Peter Westmore
John Paul II elevates Archbishop George Pell to the College of Cardinals - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Social Justice Statements: in whose name should they be published? - Richard Egan
Melbourne on course despite brain drain - Fr Paul Stuart
Vocations: Missionaries of God's Love congregation flourishes in Canberra - Mary Pidcock
Melbourne's Caroline Chisholm Library passes ten year mark - Michael C.C. Ryan
Vocations: Father James Gould and the hallmarks of successful vocations promotion - Michael Rose
Tattoos and body-piercing: the moral dimension - Fr Peter Joseph
Interview: Vatican Cardinal praises Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion'
Letters: Cardinal Pell (letter) - Alan Hoysted
Letters: Celibacy (letter) - Kim Albertini
Letters: Vatican II - Peter D. Howard
Letters: The Footy Show (letter) - Patricia Kelly
Letters: The Mass? (letter) - Kevin McBride
Education: The Catholic Church's one Founder - Fr John O'Neill
Letters: Role model? - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Hypocrisy (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Letter from India
Letters: Good out of evil (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Lourdes pilgrimage (letter) - Jenny Davies
Events: Vocations Camp - Fr Duncan Wong FSSP
Books: A Grief Unveiled, by Gregory Floyd - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Built On A Hilltop: Good Shepherd Sisters in WA 1902-2002, by Geraldine Byrne - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: Cardinal Pell on Pope St Gregory the Great and the duties of bishops - Cardinal George Pell

Alan Hoysted's comments regarding The Footy Show are timely, considering a segment I witnessed in the Grand Final Edition of 25 September.

Hosting a series of clips from episodes throughout the season, Eddie McGuire introduced one in particular as footage of "a very young Sam Newman". What followed was a film clip of a very young baby in a pram playing with a doll. What this innocent appeared to be doing with the doll (taken in the context of McGuire's remarks), cannot be described here. The film seemed to have been speeded up for maximum effect.

I was so sickened, I turned off the television and could watch no more. After a few minutes spent composing myself, I rang Channel 9 to express my disgust. I had no trouble getting through and got the impression I may have been alone in my outrage. The clip was like one from a "funniest home videos" type of program and thus must have been shown at least twice before.

Have we become so desensitised that we can watch innocent little babies being degraded and have no sense of horror? Would the presenters and producers of The Footy Show allow images of their own infants to be exploited in this manner? I think not.

We can bleat all we like about child pornography, but when a top-rating sports show on mainstream television can sneak in an image such as the above, in the name of comedy, and cause not a ripple, then God help Australia's children.

Sunbury, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 10 (November 2003), p. 14

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