Too Old for Parental Controls

Too Old for Parental Controls

At age 21, I never in a million years thought that I would be subjected to the same kind of parental control treatment as a 10-year-old would when it came to watching a certain TV show–specifically, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Courtesy: The Hollywood Reporter
Courtesy: The Hollywood Reporter

How to Get Away with Murder is a legal drama and mystery created by Peter Nowalk and executive produced by Shonda Rimes (Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?) about renowned attorney and law professor Annalise Keating (Emmy Award-winner Viola Davis) and five interning students who get tangled up in a murder plot involving a student of Annalise’s husband Sam, who also gets murdered by the interns upon discovering that he was having an affair with said student. In the first season, the first nine episodes alternate between the present day timeline, with the interns covering up Sam’s death, and flashbacks of events leading up to the murder. This season, it’s the same thing with Annalise’s impending demise.

To me, How to Get Away with Murder is one of those shows that I would look forward to every week because of the suspense it builds. My mother and brother, however, do not like the fact that I am watching that show, especially my mother. Why? Because they believe it has too much sexual content. I have watched the entire first season of How to Get Away with Murder and the first three episodes of its current season, and while there are some sexual sequences, that is not what the show in its entirety is about. Otherwise, the FCC would’ve forced ABC to take it off the air by now.

I explained to my mom last week that How to Get Away with Murder is not a negative influence on me whatsoever, but she fired back with, “I’m very disappointed in you [for watching that show], Cristina.”

It’s one thing to punish a little kid for watching something that’s supposed to be for adult eyes only, which is why the TV content ratings system is in place courtesy of the U.S. Congress, the television industry and the FCC, so why should I have to be subjected to the same treatment for watching a TV show I’m already of age to watch according to the ratings system (How to Get Away with Murder is rated TV-14)? Just because How to Get Away with Murder exhibits some content that’s not suitable for some people doesn’t make me a bad person. Whatever, I’m sure that my family will eventually come to accept my interest in this show just as they did with my interests in everything else I’ve come across over the course of my lifetime.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go watch last night’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder–if my mom doesn’t chastise me for it, that is.

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Harry Shearer Leaves “The Simpsons”? Not Excellent!

Harry Shearer Leaves “The Simpsons”? Not Excellent!

I’ve been watching The Simpsons since its 24th season, and I’m very amazed by the jokes the producers cracked at mainstream society through the characters and by the fact that the voice actors have the ability to portray a plethora of characters at once (except for Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson alone). So when I heard that Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, etc., was leaving the show after a Guinness world record-breaking 26 seasons, two words came to mind: “HOLY SHIT.”

According to several news outlets such as IGN and Daily Mail, Shearer left The Simpsons following a dispute regarding a $14 million contract–the same contract all the other voice actors signed. He declined the offer in pursuit of other entertainment ventures, such as stage production and radio shows.

While I respect Harry Shearer retiring from The Simpsons, I don’t really know how Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and some of the other characters he voiced will sound with someone else–or with new voice actors, for that matter. Some people have already declared the show deceased due to the departure of the incredible talent of Shearer. I, on the other hand, have faith that The Simpsons will still be good regardless of these circumstances. The producers just need to find someone or some people who know Harry Shearer’s vocal patterns better than anyone else and they’ll be fine.