Radio Disney Spot Edit Causes Controversy
October 18, 2007 at 5:40 AM (PT)
RADIO DISNEY has landed in a controversy touched off by the network allegedly requiring the deletion of the words "chosen by God" from a commercial for PROMENADE PICTURES' animated feature "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS." FOX NEWS reports that PROMENADE's media buyer CASEY BAKER received an e-mail from a network sales associate instructing that the network's Broadcast Standards and Procedures departments "said Both scripts need to include the studio mention and omit the following line: CHOSEN BY GOD.... Please let me know if you have any questions."
PROMENADE President CINDY BOND said that she found the instruction offensive. "God in our movie is the main character. You rip the whole guts out of the piece," she told FOX. However, the company did comply with the request in order to get the spot on the air, and BOND said, "We're not an organization saying, 'Oh, HOLLYWOOD, you're bad.' But there's definitely a prejudice when you get into the God of the Bible." The original spot is running on other shows, both Christian and secular; conservative and Christian groups are complaining about the network's move, with religious litigation group LIBERTY COUNSEL sending out notices about the situation and quoting PROMENADE CEO and longtime HOLLYWOOD figure FRANK YABLANS as saying, "Who does (RADIO DISNEY) think chose MOSES -– TINKERBELL?"