MARCH 10, 1997

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Opinion

Turn the thing off

TV ratings system The recent showing of Schindler's List on prime time TV could be the first step down a slippery slope. I must say that I haven't figured out under what guise this "well-acted and highly accurate, yet extremely violent and quite graphic" movie was shown on regular TV. Was it aired unedited in the name of historical content or is this the result of the new rating system? If it was historical content, then what's next: Platoon, or maybe The People vs. Larry Flynt?
   I agree there are a lot of movies such as Schindler's List that, if shown with numerous scenes edited out or voiced over, would be hard to follow and not worth watching. But this is no license to air them uncut at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening or at any other time on any channel except the pay channels.
   If this is a result of the new rating system for regular TV, then all I have to say is, "Folks, you got what you asked for." You've given the TV industry the ability to toss responsibility and accountability out the window with a label "A" for adult audiences. If this is going to be the trend, then I hope all you parents out there who let your children spend unrestrained hours in front of the TV take this as a wake-up call and begin the filtering process "ASAP!" Or better yet, just turn the thing off.

Erich V. Britto, Woodinville