|Turning the other cheek
I got a few emails this morning talking about how horrible HBO is for supposedly airing an LDS wedding ceremony and TV guide for showing the full temple dress. The emails encouraged that everybody boycott Time Warner and any subsidiaries (AOL was specifically mentioned) and write in to HBO to tell them how horrible they are. One of the emails was to the ward mailing list - I didn't approve it and apparently one of the other admins deleted it because I don't think it ever got sent out.
After the second or third email and the invite to a facebook group organized in protest, I took a quick look to see what the fuss was about. And I found an official statement that I feel basically amounts to "just ignore them."
Here's the thing - in cases like this, the controversy can actually bring more attention to the matter than the original act. By blogging about it and making a huge public outcry, it just raises awareness that there is an issue. The people in charge of this show are trying to get a rise out of faithful members - the controversy might actually boost their ratings and keep the show from being cancelled. And if the show does get the axe anyway, they're not out anything and have made their statement. I know that in some sense, I'm doing exactly what I tell others not to do, except I don't really care if the air the show or not. It's not the first time that this kind of thing has happened, and it's not going to be the last. I won't watch the show, but I never watched the show before anyway. I don't even have cable, so it's not like I can really boycott HBO.
If you're personally offended by something that you want stricken from the record, you should tell the people involved that you disapprove, but don't bother trying to organize a big public strike against them. Basically, you should only make loud protest of an event that you want to bring publicity to.