Saturday, September 24, 2005

Separation? Schmeperation

Boing Boing links to this fascinating story about a TV show supposedly endorsed by George Bush called DHS. The producer has been busted for scamming investors out of 5.5 million.

There's just one brief paragraph I want to focus on though:
More than 70 investors, including churches, had invested money in the series on the basis that DHS - Department of Homeland Security - had been personally approved by Mr Bush.
Churches? Churches invested money in a TV series that intended to lionize the Department of Homeland Security? A series that was long rumored to have received George Bush's particular blessing? WTF? I don't even know where to start with this. Seems odd that a church would choose a TV show with that particular subject to endorse and invest in. But the investing is even weirder. Since when do churches invest in television shows? How does that work exactly? And if they were going to invest in something like that, one imagines The Passion of the Christ (regardless of what you think of the film itself) or Touched by an Angel, but DHS? What next? Walker Texas Ranger? The next Tom Clancy flick? Some sort of military propaganda flick? It boggles the mind from every angle.

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