I’ve never watched the TV series Sons of Anarchy and had to rely on good ol’ Wikipedia to find out that it’s a fictional show about a motorcycle club in California of the same name. It appeared on my radar yesterday via Twitter after seeing numerous anti-choice users getting salty about the show’s coverage of abortion. What got their blood boiling was that the porn star character, Lyla, goes to an abortion clinic to have the procedure and gives the nurse an alias: Sarah Palin. Bwhahahahahaha!
What’s interesting is that I’ve only seen this covered on anti-choice blogs…and they are pissed! It’s more fodder for their “Hollywood is so liberal” rhetoric and claims that us libs are so insensitive. Really, tho?
You know what’s insensitive? The horrific ads from DC Congressional Candidate Missy Reilly Smith which feature dismembered fetuses and other imagery so egregious that it got banned from Youtube. I saw the clips and just thinking about it makes me shudder. Those graphic images are aired on local DC network television during the day when children are watching because the FCC legally cannot censor or reject the ads. In contrast, Sons of Anarchy airs on FX, a cable channel, at 10 at night. And from my understanding, there are no bloody fetal body parts that are central to the show’s plot whether or not they are discussing abortion.
I don’t know how the entire episode covered abortion but this one-minute clip is more progressive than many TV shows. Most TV shows won’t even present abortion as a viable option and if they do, it’s usually stigmatized and quickly discarded in favor of adoption or keeping the unintended pregnancy. Friday Night Lights was one of the few examples of programming that has dared to address the spectrum of emotions that accompany a woman’s decision.
The double standards of the anti-choice community continue to boggle my mind. I would be angry if it wasn’t so predictable, pathetic and almost laughable. But really, I’d rather these fools write angry blog posts blaming liberal Hollywood than taking their ire violently to the streets.