Call to remove ‘evil’ show

2016-02-10 09:45
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Pietermaritzburg - SA church leaders have urged M-Net to remove a series called Lucifer from South African television.

M-Net moved the series to Friday nights in the 11 pm timeslot and have increased the age restriction to 16, however, the church leaders are not convinced that these actions will decrease the potential harm to a vulnerable, young audience.

The church leaders, who belong to Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, the Full Gospel Church of God SA, the Pentecostal Protestant Church SA and Living Word SA, strongly urged M-Net to immediately cancel the Lucifer series.

In a publically issued statement they “appeal to the management of M-Net to consider its social responsibility to a nation plagued by crime, violence and all manner of evil”.

“The Lucifer series, whether intentional or not, portrays Satan — the personification of all that is evil — in a sympathetic manner. This is highly dangerous especially to impressionable youth in our nation,” said the church leaders in the statement, adding that “Lucifer, then, is given a Hollywood makeover and becomes more appealing”.

Their concern to have the series removed stems from movies, TV programmes and music having a psychological effect on young people.

“Evil, or the personification thereof, must be strongly condemned and discouraged, not positively and sympathetically portrayed in the popular media.”

M-Net was contacted to comment on the issue and had not responded by the time of going to print.


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