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tk13
08-28-2006, 12:18 PM
http://tv.yahoo.com/emmys/news/ape/20060828/115679310000.html

Emmy Plane Crash Skit Called Insensitive

Monday August 28 12:25 PM ET

It was meant to be funny. But a fake plane crash during the opening Emmy awards skit made many cringe on Sunday the same day 49 people died in a fiery plane crash in Kentucky.

The skit, aired live at the start of NBC's Emmy telecast, brought a swift response from the general manager of NBC's Lexington, Ky., affiliate, WLEX.

"It was a live telecast. We were completely helpless," Tim Gilbert was quoted as saying on the Lexington Herald-Leader's Web site.

"By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home," Gilbert said.

Criticism of the sequence also appeared on other Web sites Sunday night, including the Los Angeles Times, where television columnist Scott Collins called it "cringe-inducing" and "of questionable taste."

The prerecorded opening segment began with Emmy host Conan O'Brien boarding a private plane to Los Angeles. Asked by a stewardess if he was nervous about hosting the show, O'Brien answered "Nervous? What could possibly go wrong?"

The plane then shook and pitched violently, sending O'Brien out of his seat and seeking shelter in an overhead baggage compartment.

The skit didn't show the plane crashing. Instead, it cut to O'Brien emerging from the ocean onto an island resembling the one in "Lost," where he meets a cast member.

Emmy show executive producer Ken Ehrlich declined comment when asked about criticism of the skit at the Governors Ball after the show.

The skit aired live on NBC just hours after a commuter jet in Kentucky crashed into a field and burst into flames, killing all aboard except a co-pilot.

Gilbert said he was home watching the Emmy show with his family when he was "stunned" by the Emmy skit. He said if he had known about it beforehand, Lexington viewers wouldn't have seen it.

Gilbert said he plans to ask NBC for an apology.

"They could have killed the opening and it wouldn't have hurt the show at all," Gilbert said. "We wish somebody had thought this through. It's somewhere between ignorance and incompetence."

DMAC
08-28-2006, 12:19 PM
Give me a break.

tk13
08-28-2006, 12:23 PM
I tried to find a video of the skit, maybe somebody will have better luck. It was pretty funny. He ended up on "Lost", then went through this door in the jungle floor and ended up in "The Office", went outside and intercepted a call with Jack Bauer, then went into the office of "House", left, and turned into a South Park cartoon. Then finally he went into this house that looked like it was bugged, started looking around, and that Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC walked out and accused him of being a predator.

To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if Conan and the other people involved were so busy getting ready for the show, that they even knew that plane crash happened.

Dave Lane
08-28-2006, 12:23 PM
Dumbest thing ever.

Dave

DMAC
08-28-2006, 12:24 PM
Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC walked out and accused him of being a predator.ROFL

JBucc
08-28-2006, 12:25 PM
:rolleyes:

bogie
08-28-2006, 12:34 PM
I'm sorry for the loss of family members on the plane crash. I understand how tramatic the plane crash bit must have been for them.
However, in the South Park bit, Tom Cruise came out of the closet, that sh*t was funny!!!

morphius
08-28-2006, 12:34 PM
Whiners never seem to find the lack of a medium. Jurasic Park 3 was on last night and it has a small plane crash pretty early on, maybe we should write letters to TNT...

tk13
08-28-2006, 12:36 PM
Oh yeah, I almost forgot the Tom Cruise bit, that was hilarious.

sedated
08-28-2006, 12:41 PM
the pussification of america continues

jynni
08-28-2006, 12:41 PM
The Emmy vid is up on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwCOUgjECtI)

morphius
08-28-2006, 12:44 PM
I'd like to know how many calls they actually got from the families, or if it was just the GM of the station, some writer in LA, and a host of bloggers who complained? Don't get me wrong, I feel sorry for the people who lost family members, and I know that 2 of the people were from the KC area.

But in the grand scheme of things, how many times have we seen the twin towers come down on TV for news purposes without an outcry from the guy in LA? How many live shots of the wreck were shown on TV yesterday without the some outcry? I know I saw it 3 times and I wasn't home but a short period of time yesterday.

Oh well.

tk13
08-28-2006, 12:49 PM
The Emmy vid is up on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwCOUgjECtI)
Good job, I was trying to find it, but I obviously have no talent at searching YouTube.

headsnap
08-28-2006, 12:55 PM
the timing sucked, but that's about it...

4th and Long
08-28-2006, 01:00 PM
Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC walked out and accused him of being a predator.
I'm sorry but I can't see a resemblence at all here.
http://perso.orange.fr/mdi/images/bckgrd/bckgrd_big/PREDATOR.JPGhttp://www.tvtix.com/images/web/834.jpg

SCTrojan
08-28-2006, 01:03 PM
These people need to get a life.

morphius
08-28-2006, 01:04 PM
I'm sorry but I can't see a resemblence at all here.
http://perso.orange.fr/mdi/images/bckgrd/bckgrd_big/PREDATOR.JPGhttp://www.tvtix.com/images/web/834.jpg
It is the beedy little eyes

Calcountry
08-28-2006, 01:18 PM
It is the beedy little eyesI don't know, the high cheek bones, large forhead, and wide angled jaw are pretty close too.

Guru
08-28-2006, 01:30 PM
What is wrong with this country. That skit was hilarious. Had nothing to do with anything outside TV entertainment. Look at all the damn hurricane movies that came out last year.

This country is regressing in a HUGE way.

Calijohn
08-28-2006, 01:44 PM
should we screen everything and talk to every group that might be affended b4? That skit was hilarious and guess what people? He didnt die! he just crashed and got on an island. America political correctness at its finest.

Pitt Gorilla
08-28-2006, 01:59 PM
I guess "Lost" is pretty insensitive too. :rolleyes:

Let it go, people.

Pitt Gorilla
08-28-2006, 02:02 PM
BTW,
I didn't see a plane crash in the opening; he could have merely fallen out of the plane. :hmmm:

ChiefFan31
08-28-2006, 02:14 PM
What is wrong with this country. That skit was hilarious. Had nothing to do with anything outside TV entertainment. Look at all the damn hurricane movies that came out last year.

This country is regressing in a HUGE way.

Not even kidding.

This is getting to be pretty ri God Damn diculous

I will avoid going on a rant at this current juncture about it.

StcChief
08-28-2006, 02:20 PM
Get over it PC World folks.

jAZ
08-28-2006, 03:56 PM
Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwCOUgjECtI

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmUVKjbCcVM&NR

Simplex3
08-28-2006, 04:22 PM
While I agree that this is overly PC and is a total non-issue, I wonder what NBC would have done had that plane crash occured in NYC or LA. I'm guessing they would have done something different.

Mr. Laz
08-28-2006, 04:28 PM
actually the station here was showing weather crap ... so i didn't see it until just now.


not bad ... twas funny

Mr. Laz
08-28-2006, 04:29 PM
While I agree that this is overly PC and is a total non-issue, I wonder what NBC would have done had that plane crash occured in NYC or LA. I'm guessing they would have done something different.
they didn't even show a crash

Bob Dole
08-28-2006, 04:58 PM
Bob Dole feels really bad for viewers who had just lost a family member or friend in the crash, and were so overcome with grief that they were watching the Emmy Awards.

stevieray
08-28-2006, 05:08 PM
People still watch the the Emmy's?

|Zach|
08-28-2006, 05:12 PM
Funny bit...esp the parts with The Office and Chris Hansen...

"So, you are saying you have done this before?"

ChiefFan31
08-28-2006, 05:37 PM
Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwCOUgjECtI

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmUVKjbCcVM&NR

LMAO LMAO Thanks for posting those. Conan cracks me up


And the plane crash scene was a spoof on LOST, nothing more :shrug:

Thig Lyfe
08-28-2006, 05:41 PM
That's bullshit. Planes crash. It's a terrible tragedy, but it was a parody of LOST, plain and simple.

KChiefs1
08-28-2006, 06:04 PM
I'm so friggin' sick & tired of always being political correct about every damn thing!

This is America! STFU!

Frazod
08-28-2006, 06:05 PM
Bob Dole feels really bad for viewers who had just lost a family member or friend in the crash, and were so overcome with grief that they were watching the Emmy Awards.

This pretty much sums up my thoughts.

Guru
08-28-2006, 06:23 PM
I'm so friggin' sick & tired of always being political correct about every damn thing!

This is America! STFU!


This isn't the America it was supposed to be though. George Washington is rolling in his grave at what we have become.