my posted comment on Guardian Blog on The Killing III in reply to a poster 3rd December 2012

03 December 2012 6:43 PMLink to this comment
@pdboxer – Yes, i do agree.
Myself, as with Lithop, i have always had a problem with violence and gore in dramas, i usually look (less than) manfully away and study the ceiling. To further heap this onto small children, girls, and yes, its pretty much always girls, that is the creepy thing to me, is a step too far i agree.

There is a dubious questionable sexual prurience in the pre-occupation with very young teenage girls as victims of horrific murder and rape not to mention torture. All graphically described or even shown to us via the ever useful crime scene photos on the wall..
Otherwise why are young male victims as rare as rubies?

i really don’t think you would like Forbrydelsen I or II if you felt this way about this one. Although FBII you may have less trouble with, to go into more detail would risk spoilers. Nana Birk Larsen is just 18 i believe. i found a part of FBII fairly horrific however i usually do
There seems to be very little choice in dramas other than such horrific fare.

i realise that i still have that what i call the ‘uuurrggh!” reflex which the next generation do not have. However i think i am going to keep it, inconvenient though it may be.
To me it is more questionable and worrying a phenomenon that we are all slowly being subliminally brow-beaten or brainwashed in to accepting such depiction of horrific death as normal TV viewing and A OK?

For ex. not that long ago the scene with the hanging of the prosecutor would have been built up to and happened right at the end of a series and would have been considered shockingly gruesome. Now it is there in the first couple of episodes and barely merits a mention.

In an episode of the Walking Dead (which i have to visually avoid a fair bit!) the creepy town of Woodberry stages gladiator-style fights with humans Vs. zombies. Shocked, Andrea, the newcomer in town asks the ‘Governor’ why? he explains that its a human need, for “excitement”.

Is our day to day acceptance of such depictions in dramas now a hark back to those gladiator public spectacles?
i wonder..

p.s i question the morality involved in using youngsters in such a storyline. &there are worse stories than this with children acting in them.

For ex. how did this young actress feel to take part in these scenes? Presumably she still had to have a large kit-bag put over her head and struggle?

i have wondered this before in other dramas with such young actors/mainly actresses. They still take part physically in the scene.
Its all a bit icky really, i agree.

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