E-Mail From AAFNE - Sitcom Portrays Food Allergies as Joke

Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2003 - 5:02am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

Dear Friend:

I don't know if you saw the episode of WCVB's sitcom "I'm with Her" last
night (October 14), which featured a situation where one of the characters with a
known nut allergy ate a handful of almonds in order to get out of performing.
The episode showed the character having a severe allergic reaction and
laughing about it with a co-star.

We were just alerted of this by the mother of a peanut-allergic child and are
outraged that this dangerous scenario was portrayed as a joke. We urge you to
call WCVB (Channel 5) at (781) 449-0400 or e-mail them from their Web site at
[url="http://www.thebostonchannel.com/station/"]www.thebostonchannel.com/station/[/url] to let them know the dangers of taking food
allergies lightly.

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 4:22am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

Here is the e-mail I received from the Boston affiliate:
"We in programming at WCVB-TV Channel 5 share your concerns about the recent episode of "I'm with Her" that featured an irresponsible approach to the very serious matter of life-threatening allergies. We have stated our strong disapproval of the episode to the ABC Network and have taken the liberty of forwarding your e-mail to them.
Unfortuntately, as of this writing, we are the only affiliate in the country that complained about the nut-allery episode. We have requested that ABC add strong warnings to any repeats of the episode, since it is unlikely they will pull the program from the schedule. At the very least, we have asked them to alert us concerning any future airdates so that we may add our own local warnings to viewers.
Thank you very much for sharing your complaint with us; your e-mail helps to support our case with the network."
[This message has been edited by Heather2 (edited October 20, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 10:07am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Wow, I'm pretty impressed with your local station. Obviously someone there gets it. I would be very surprised if ABC were to put a warning on it.

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