10/02/2007

Ticked off Tuesday

Mommy finally sat down and watched the premire of the Office on NBC. We've loved that show for years and own the first 2 seasons on DVD and wanted the 3rd for mommy's birthday next week. BUT she watched the premire episode and we are angry.

How dare the writers of the Office make a joke out of Dwight killing Angela's cat! For those of you who don't watch the show (and you can see clips from it on NBC.com), Angela asked Dwight, her boyfriend, to go to her house at lunch and give her sick cat Sprinkles her medicine because she couldn't.

Dwight took it upon himself to poison the cat with antihistimines until he thought Sprinkles was dead. Then he put Sprinkles in the freezer. We find out later that Sprinkles was NOT dead when Dwight put her in the freezer. She woke up inthe freezer, Angela said in a later scene she found her frozen foods shredded,and of course, died in the freezer.

Dwight said it is because he is "a farmer" and he wanted to put the sick cat out of its misery. Angela is of course mortified but everyone else acts as though it is "just a cat" and no big deal.

I also saw an episode of "Back to You" last Wednesday where Kelsey Grammer recieved a fish that, of course, was killed by (sarcasm) ha ha, him not knowing how to take care of it.

What is wrong with these writers? AND after the Michael Vick nightmare and the food poisonings this summer, and just plain human compassion, why aren't more people standing up and saying this behavior is NOT funny, it is cruel?

My mommy is going to write letters not only to the writers of the Office, but to NBC AND the advertisers on this and subsequent episodes (this story line will continue) asking why they are supporting animal cruelty as a joke.

It is time people stand up and say, animal death is not a joke.

Go to NBC.com and select the Office. We will follow up with more contact info for advertisers and phone numbers and addresses for NBC as we get them.

I hope you will all support a letter writing campaign and will boycott the Office as well as its advertisers until we viewers receive an appropriate apology.

44 comments:

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

That's absolutely horrible! I've never seen that show (and I certainly never will), but I'll be glad to write to them and tell them what I think.
Karen C.

Mo said...

Ew, I'm glad I have never seen that show.
I will write to them and tell them what I think, though.
~ Not The Mama

Yoggie said...

Hey Mr. Hendrix!
I have tagged you for a meme!
Come and see!

Dragonheart said...

That is just horrible! We don't watch that show here, and I'm glad we don't! I will happily support a letter-writing campaign. What a horrible show!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'll be happy to write to dem, dis is terrible. Mom neffur watches dat show because she sez dat it is not funny and often cruel to da beans! She saw a cuppul of episodes and sez dat a boss like dat would end up fired or dead in da parking lot...

DEBRA said...

How could anyone find humor in something like that? And why even give it any publicity? I mean, if the wrong demented person saw it they might think of doing that to a cat and oh this is horrid. I have never watched that show and now I know I never will.

Debra

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I do not watch that show, but I will certainly get Bean to write a letter to them. Maybe in later episode "Dwight" can go to prison on Cruelty to Animal charges. Who ever wrote episode should lose job.

ASTOR CATS said...

Kitty abuse should not be tolerated. There is no humor in that or in "The Office" for that matter. Mom doesn't watch it and we's glad.

Midnite & Stray Kitty

Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

That is either stupid or vicious, we aren't sure which.

We sent them a complaint, for whatever it might help.

Mickey said...

I have never seen that show either but I agree with all comments so far.Why does humor involve hurting animals (or people).If it hurts,it's not funny
Mickey's Mom

Caesar and Princess said...

This is sad news. Our beans have just stopped watching television shows... they are going over the top, or just plain crude. It is a pity.

Are there people that actually think this is entertaining?


purrrrs, Princess

Cheysuli said...

We haven't ever watched that show. I'm glad now. I think that's a horrible plot line. I will go help and write them a litter--er letter. Maybe I SHOULD sent them litter?

Skeezy said...

We don't watch, but now we never will. We're gonna rite NBC a letter tonite! PETA shood git involved as well. We're not sold on all thare taktiks, but with sumthing like this, they have the mussul to publisize it and git NBC to apolujize.

The Crew said...

Mom doesn't watch that show, but how could anyone find killing any animal to be comical? We will definitely write them!

The Crew said...

Hendrix, Mom just wrote to NBC. What a bunch of sick writers they have who think that freezing a cat is funny!

Skeezy said...

I just emaled PETA abowt it. Thare good abowt cawzing a stink win stuff like this happens. They are currently going after CBS for having kids kill animals for ratings on Kid Nayshun.

Kelly Cat said...

U.S. television is so bloody stupid any more... what were they thinking?

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Dear Mr. Hendrix,

I haven't watched those shows, but I am outraged. So many issues are touched upon.

A lack of compassion towards animals is a warning sign of emotional troubles in pet humans. And killing animals in the way described, is a starting point for many serial killers.

VERY VERY WRONG FOR THE TV TO MAKE JOKES ABOUT IT!

You are very right to publicize this. I will sign any petition against this.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress
AND
her Pet Human (aka WW)

TT said...

Mommy bean says to also put your voice on

www.petitiononline.com/

It gets world wide read.

Beans who makes fun of animals gettings hurt should get their hoo haws clawed offs!

William said...

What is going on with the world, anyway?

Brainball said...

Oh, my! Mom has never watched the Office, and now she certainly never will. How horrible! Mom will be glad to write them and verbally skewer them for their horrific idea of "humor." And as Alpha Cat of the Ballicus Household, I would hereby like, in my official capacity as Ballicus the First, to sharpen my ginsu-knife claws on all their legs!

Thank you so much, Mr. Hendrix, for your purrs and your friendship, and you made me laugh with the bean song! Mom and Dad sing it when they eat beans. Beans, beans, the musical fruit!

I'm happy to say, I'm feeling great today -- I'm a happy Brainball!

Floofy headbonks to you, my friend.

the orange tabbies said...

Our Mom definitely sent them a letter. She was polite but expressed her dismay VERY clearly...:)

If anyone can get something done about it, the Cat Blogosphere can!

Junior said...

Meowm just sent off an email to them and expressed her anger. Thank you for alerting us of this issue.

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Oh how horrible these things are on TV. We do not watch this type of stuff...only educational stuff around the cottage parlor is allowed! Thanks for keeping me company in the pan:) I am feeling a bit better, right now I am sitting on mommies lap for the first time in weeks. It is my third time out of the frying pan so far today. I also ate and coughed a whole bunch on and off all day...but it is getting better because I am purrrrring and feel happy. Having so much love all around me and the warmth you are bring to me here in my frying pan makes this a happy place.
Lots of love to you, Miss Peach

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

We don' know the show either but you can count us in for supporting a letter writing.
you are totally right animal death is not funny at all and most certainly not a joke!!
There are already too many sick heads out there in our world torturing animals, so there is no need to give them the idea it is a joke!

Purrrs, Kashim & Othello

HRH Yao-Lin said...

Oh that is just sick. Not funny, just plain sick. I fail to see the humour in this. I too watched all the Office (UK version) when it was on the tv in england but I don't think our version included any stupid jokes about dead animals. If it had, I would have switched off. I think it is appalling and I'm sorry, I thought the office was supposed to be satirical and sarcastic and clever, not stupid on-a-par-with-toilet-humour sick jokes. Obviously they need some new material or something, this is horrendous.

Sadie said...

We watch that show at our house too.

Not funny.

Sadie said...

Oops, forgot to say who I am: Merlin & Dobby's mom.

Daisy said...

We do not watch that show, but we would not support any show that would depict animal cruelty of any kind. That is NOT funny. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

What a terrible and abusive story to put on TV. We do not watch The Office and now we definitely will not. Mom said she will give NBC a piece of her mind. Animal cruelty is NEVER funny.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

KC said...
we never watched that show an certainly never will. but we'll get Daddy Charley to write a letter(s) in protest. Let me know an i's makes sure to post any info on how to protest on tha Cat Blogosphere.
that's not entertainment! that's sick and cruel.
Not purring this time,
KC

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

KC said...
just posted linkies to this post on CB an saw that Mr. Hendrix had posted 'bout it yesserday. doesn't matter, it needs to be posted effurryday until all tha cat blogosphere floods 'em wif emails an snail mails an faxes....
KC

Jimmy Joe said...

That is a very good PSA you have put on your blog, Mr. H. We are going to contact NBC. Killing animals--by "accident"--is not funny. Not at all. And we should know--my momma is getting a Ph.D writing about comedy.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Oh I have to agree! Not only is it not funny to watch, but some stupid idiot bean will now think that it is funny and put a cat in the freezer for real. Grrrr.....I'm glad I don't watch that show. I shall join you in writing them.

Hot(M)BC said...

We'll be VERY glad to write a letter. Mommy used to like NBC. Now she doesn't. It's time for some serious pillow poopin!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

KC said...
well, mine Mommy ML sent NBC.com an email objecting to that shows content an jus gotta reply. they's thought hers email was a script submisshun 'n they said fanks but no fanks. Haf anyone else gotten a response?
Major Pillow Pooping Time,
KC

Junior said...

"KC said...
well, mine Mommy ML sent NBC.com an email objecting to that shows content an jus gotta reply. they's thought hers email was a script submisshun 'n they said fanks but no fanks. Haf anyone else gotten a response?
Major Pillow Pooping Time,
KC"

KC,
Meowm got this same message. She ignored it, she thinks it is an instant mesage they send.

Karen Jo said...

I had heard a little something about this, but I don't watch The Office and didn't realize how horrible it really was. I tried to watch it once, but found the "humor" to be too cruel. I will send them an e-mail.

zevo calamari said...

That is horrible... our pet humans boycott all tv.. they only watch movies now...they have been so much happier since they shut off the cable.

As John Prine sings... BLOW Up YOUR TV!

Marlene said...

We have never seen the show (I don't even know if it is aired in the Netherlands). But I know enough now to never watch it!!

Animal cruelty, how can anyone be so low as to abuse a helpless animal? People of course! But this are NOT normal people!!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

I emailed Skeezix about my email to NBC being ignored and he sent back a snail-mail address:

I coodn't reely find a good emale adress on thare site. But the I have a snale male adress. This goze to Ben Silverman, who is also the exec prodooser of The Office.

Ben Silverman
Co-chairman NBC Entertainment & NBC Universal TV Studio
NBCUNI.COM FEEDBACK
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Thanks, Skeezix.
And thanks, Mr. Hendrix, for letting us all know about this.

Hot(M)BC said...

Will do!

Here's the email Mom just sent to NBC through that link. Anycat can copy or edit it if they want.

I was once a fan of NBC and its quality programming. Sadly, that is no longer the case. I am appalled to find that your show "The Office" showcases killing a cat as humor in one episode. Killing animals is not humorous. As human beings your writers and executives should realize this. It's a testament to their inhumanity that they do not, even after the outcry regarding Michael Vick and dog fighting.

NBC should a) directly apologize to all the pet lovers of the world in a very obvious and well-advertised fashion and b) spend at least as much money on animal rights causes as you do on the show The Office.

I will be contacting the ASPCA, HSUS and PETA to protest NBC's callous treatment of the topic of animal abuse.

Sincerely,
_______________

Timothy said...

Wow, you people are humorless maniacs with serious cat fetishes. YOU MUST BE STOPPED! PUT DOWN THE BLOG!

Betsy said...

FYI- the cat on the show was really sick, on multiple medications, and pretty apparently in pain. The owner of the cat was keeping her alive past of the point of good quality of life. While no one should put a cat down by putting her in the freezer, the character on the show who did so did it out of compassion of the ailing animal.