Steven Spielberg Calls For Less Violence on Television

November 21st, 2006 9:16 AM

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a high-ranking member of the entertainment media publicly admonishing folks in his own industry. Yet, according to a Reuters article Monday (h/t to Drudge), one of the most successful movie producers and directors of all time is speaking out against excessive violence on television:

Steven Spielberg urged TV networks to be mindful of what they show on the air because of the effect it might have on children, and said programs like "CSI" and "Heroes" were too gruesome.

"Today we are needing to be as responsible as we can possibly be, not just thinking of our own children but our friends' and neighbors' children," Spielberg told an audience Monday at the International Emmys board of directors meeting here.

The article continued:

Spielberg decried on-air promotions for television shows like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" that showed "blood and people being dissected." He also said that when his favorite TV show of the new season, NBC's "Heroes," showed someone cut in half in the 9 p.m. hour, he sent his younger children out of the room.

"I'm a parent who is very concerned," he said.

Good for you, Stephen. America needs more successful and well-regarded members of the entertainment community speaking out on this issue. Maybe then – along with the kind of outrage from citizens that prompted News Corps’ Rupert Murdoch to cancel the O.J. Simpson book and special – Hollywood will recognize that there are indeed levels of decency that shouldn’t be crossed on network television.