To the “SyFy” Channel Executives
Posted by Jason on March 16, 2009
[Note: If you haven’t already, you should read this article. This post is a comment that I tried to post over there, but it seems to be timing out and not actually posting the comment. As you can probably tell, this really upsets me. I’ll try to write some more coherent thoughts on the issue once I’ve calmed down a bit.]
Dear Idiotic Executives,
Thank you for finally making overt what your programming choices have implied for years: that you hate your core audience.
I might (and I emphasize might) have considered watching the new channel, despite it’s absurd and meaningless name. Not, however, after I read this article. It’s full of quotes that are not only stupid, but actively insulting to the very people who should be your most loyal supporters.
You continue to perpetuate the very stereotypes from which you wish to distance yourselves. Instead of acknowledging what the literary and academic worlds have known for at least two decades, that SF is more than just “space, aliens[,] and the future,” you’d rather continue to sucker audiences in with lowest-common-denominator drivel and derivatives of ideas that intelligent audiences were calling inane ten years ago.
Thank you for letting me know that I am not welcome in your new, hip channel. If you need me, I’ll be spending my money in my local bookstore, exploring the real, thought-provoking cutting edge of SF.
— Jason Ramboz