Target: Discovery Channel
Goal: Commend the Discovery Channel’s decision to ban Ted Nugent from the network.
In the wake of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Discovery Channel has decided to take action against the glamorization of guns and violence by banning Ted Nugent from the network. Besides enjoying a long music career, Nugent starred in a one-hour special entitled Ted Nugent’s Gun Country, which aired on the network in October. Thank the Discovery Channel for its decision and sensitivity to those impacted by the recent tragedy.
Ted Nugent’s association with guns goes beyond his TV special. Nugent has been elected to serve on the board of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun lobby. He has notoriously made incendiary comments in regards to guns and violence. Earlier this year he endorsed Mitt Romney for president and told his fellow NRA members to ‘cut off [Democrats’] heads in November,’ which sparked an investigation by the Secret Service. Not only that, but he also proudly shouted at his fans while wielding two machine guns onstage, ‘Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun,’ and ‘You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b****,’ referring to Hillary Clinton.
Ted Nugent has abused his power as a public figure by glamorizing guns and attempting to instigate acts of violence – against political leaders, no less. The Discovery Channel has taken an admirable step in the right direction by not only stopping Nugent’s irresponsible behavior, but also by setting an example for other networks to be more conscious about gun-promoting programming. Representations of guns and violence in the media play a crucial part in the ways in which people view them. Recurring portrayals of people like Ted Nugent recklessly handling guns and making violence seem desirable can be quite dangerous to how people see them in reality.
We as a society cannot afford to be thoughtless when it comes to these representations in the media. Sign the petition below to show your support of the Discovery Channel’s decision to ban Ted Nugent from their network.
Dear Discovery Channel,
We wish to applaud your decision to ban Ted Nugent from your network. In the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, you have set a commendable example of sensitivity and foresight in regards to the glamorization of guns and violence espoused by individuals such as Ted Nugent. Representations of guns and violence in the media play a crucial part in the ways in which people view them. Recurring images of people recklessly handling guns and making violence seem desirable can be quite dangerous to how people see them in reality.
With your well-established reputation and high viewership rates, you have important choices that will decide what hundreds of thousands of Americans will watch in their living rooms every week. We believe this is a step in the right direction towards establishing a media culture that is more respectful and conscious about guns and violence. Violence in the media is certainly not the only contributing factor to real-life violence, but it is a key part of the larger discussion.
Thank you again for refusing to be a mouthpiece for the disrespectful and irresponsible messages of Ted Nugent. We hope that you continue to be conscious about your programming in the future.
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