There is a new phenomenon I have noticed lately on television.
Nearly every programme seems to start with a sombre warning –
“We would like to warn you that viewers may find some scenes upsetting”
or words to that effect.
What the fuck is that all about?
What is “upsetting”?
Does it mean I am liable to burst into tears? Am I going to produce some spectacular projectile vomiting? Am I destined to pass cold out in a dead faint?
And what is it exactly that I may find upsetting?
I know some sad fucks get all freaked out if they catch a glimpse of a cigarette, while others pass out at the mere mention of
tomato ketchup blood but do they really have to warn us in advance? Are people so fucking sensitive that they have to be warned that they may be a little upset at something they see on television? If those people are so fucking sensitive then I suggest they don’t watch television in the first place.
Those warnings are becoming more irritating than the other one they love to stick on the end of a programme –
“If you have been affected by any of the issues in the programme then phone our helpline”
or some such idiotic garbage.
The only thing I ever find upsetting about a programme is the warning that I may be upset but they don’t give a helpline number for that.