Hours after Saddam’s two sons Uday and Qusay were killed in an assault by coalition forces on their compound, ABC announced the cancellation of their proposed sitcom deal. The sitcom deal inked last year before the US led invasion of Iraq would have produced 13 half hour episodes of a sitcom tentatively titled ‘Uday and Qusay’ to air on Wednesday nights at 8:30 between George Lopez and the Drew Carey show.
ABC which came under fire from conservative groups for sticking to the deal even during the invasion of Iraq is now coming under fire from liberal organizations for the sitcom cancellation.
“The Bush administration supposedly claims that Uday and Qusay are dead but this is the same administration that claimed that Saddam was a threat and that he played a major role in the assassination of JFK. Does anyone still believe anything that this warmongering cowboy administration claims.” Actor and political activist Tim Robbins stated in a press release. “As a fellow entertainer who’s been targeted for my views, I oppose ABC bowing to the fascist dictates of the right wing and cancelling ‘Uday and Qusay’ before I’ve personally inspected their bodies to be sure they’re dead.”
While no one has actually seen the pilot for the series ‘Uday and Qusay’ a report on AICN claimed that it featured such hilarious situations as Uday and Qusay both deciding they wanted to rape the same woman and settling it with a Molotov Cocktail tossing contest only to be surprised by Saddam’s sudden return home from gassing Kurds to find the bunker on fire. However despite extremely negative audience reactions ABC had decided to go ahead with the sitcom with support from civil rights groups such as the ACLU which has come out criticizing the ABC decision.
“First the Dixie Chicks had their record albums burned and then Tim Robbins was bumped and then Janeanne Garafalo’s sitcom was pulled and now Uday and Qusay have also been targeted by another media monolith marching in line with the Bush administration,” ACLU spokeswoman Kathryn Freid said at a press conference announced to protest the cancellation. “Have we suddenly woken up in Nazi Germany where anyone whose views are unacceptable can be deprived of lucrative sitcom deals afforded to them by the Constitution?”
ABC in turn responded with a written statement defending their actions.
“ABC supports the creative freedom of all entertainment professionals regardless of their political views. As Uday and Qusay’s production company ‘Homicidal Psychotics Entertainment’ is aware ABC has been a big booster of the proposed series throughout a variety of controversial events including the time Uday tortured and ate three ABC network pages at the annual fall preview and then claimed diplomatic immunity.
“Nevertheless the deaths of Uday and Qusay make it impossible for this series to continue production as its lead protagonists have been burned to death and are currently employed as rotting corpses at Baghdad International Airport. We at ABC however will continue to be open to working with both Uday and Qusay on any future projects should their situation change in any way.
“Furthermore we at ABC will continue developing controversial programming such as “Kim Il Jong’s Happy Funtime Torture Hour’, ‘Secrets of National Security Broadcast To The Enemy’, ‘Bill Maher and Osama’s Profiles of Al Queda’s Courage’ and our children’s educational program ‘Flagburning for Preschoolers.’