Air "Rejected" on Adult Swim in the United States
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run it truly love and respect the medium, seeing its value far beyond that of kiddie shows or brainless, ultra-violent Saturday morning cartoons. Although the general American public has always been prejudiced against animation, thinking of it in this way, recently Cartoon Network has made giant strides to break down this bias with its "Adult Swim" block. By playing provocative and gorgeously rendered anime such as Cowboy Bebop and Inu Yasha, the network is slowly eroding the belief that all anime is Pokemon-type fare, or porn. And, with its non-anime block, it has opened up the subversive brilliance of North American animation to the mainstream. It is a delight that so shows such as "Sealab" and "Home Movies", which burst with their own brand of hilarious quirk, finally have a home. We who are animation-fans have so much respect for Cartoon Network, for this broadcasting-- they no doubt took a great risk to air, for the benefit of so many.
It is shocking and disheartening, therefore, at the news that Dan Hertzfeldt's Academy-Award nominated short film, "Rejected", will not be seen on Adult Swim. We who watch it are dumfounded that such a relatively tame line such as "sweet Jesus!" would forfeit the film's right to air. Why do Cartoon Network's censors feel this is so innapropriate? Is this not a double standard? During the day Cartoon Network plays "Dragon Ball Z" a terribly violent anime in which characters are killed repetetively, brains bashed in, gutted, and impaled with energy beams. And during the Adult Swim lineup itself similarly objectionable lines are uttered, such as Frylock from the Aqua Teen Hunger Force's "god damn it". Where is the line drawn?
So, we the undersigned, wish Cartoon Network would rethink its censorship rules. It should be known that the fans of Adult Swim are mature animation-lovers; we might understand how a precious few might see the phrase as offensive, but no one who actually watches Adult Swim would be offended themselves. Furthermore, since the censorship rules are fundamentally flawed, it seems ludicrous that this particular film be barred to air, while similarly offensive material is played multiple times during the day. (To say nothing of the fact that the Spanish Cartoon Network has had no trouble securing three of Hertzfeld's films to air overseas.)
Please act in the interest of your network's fans: please play "Rejected" for your American audience.