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The Parent TV Council Is Mad That The Graphic Finale Of 'Mr. Robot' Aired At All
USA Network decided to hold the season finale of drama Mr. Robot for a week after the tragic shootings in Virginia. Now, the Parents Television Council is really mad at them for airing it at all. (This post contains a 'Mr. Robot' spoiler.) On August 26, WDBJ reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down by a former coworker at the Roanoke-based TV station while conducting a live interview. The following night, USA Network would have aired the season finale of their gritty drama, Mr. Robot. However, because of a scene that contained similarities to the real-life tragic event, the network decided to hold off for a week. The episode aired the following Wednesday, September 2, and for those who saw it, it's obvious which scene was the scene. A man is shown giving a live TV interview that he finishes by pulling out a gun and killing himself. It is, obviously, a graphic scene.
Parent Television Council President Tim Winter released a statement, lambasting USA Network for airing the episode for its violent content, saying that it was inappropriate for both adults and children to see, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
According to a statement from PTC President Tim Winter:
USA Network should have just canned the episode entirely, especially if the network was truly concerned for the similarities of the content to the real-life tragedy in Virginia, and even more so since it showed the suicide. Waiting a week surely didn’t minimize the potential harm to the viewing audience - and it may have even maximized the harm by exposing children to this graphic scene. All the more reason why USA Network needs to commit to reforming the way it rates its shows."
Winter was also upset that the episode had been rated TV-14 and not TV-MA, and criticized the network by showing it in September, National Suicide Prevention Month. The episode was meant, of course, to air in August.
Had the tragedy in Virginia not occurred, the scene may have reminded viewers of another real-life event: the on-air suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, who shot himself during a press conference in 1987 after being convicted of bribery. The '90s Filter song "Hey Man Nice Shot" was about this incident.
Meanwhile, the PTC is busy when it comes to Internet outrage. They were upset that a billboard for VH1's Dating Naked was located in Hollywood near the Disney store.
But Winter is happy that NBC's Hannibal was cancelled.
Though, shocker: PTC definitely didn't like the VMAs this year.
Mr. Robot was renewed for a second season prior to the fist season airing.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.