Uproar: Suicide groups upset about ‘The Office’ and hangman scene

November 5, 2009 by  

the-officeSome suicide prevention groups are apparently quite unhappy with a scene in “The Office” where Steve Carell’s character scares young children by putting himself in a hangman’s noose as a Halloween prank. NBC apparently isn’t laughing at all about the uproar.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention should never use suicide as a joke in any way, and we (sorta) agree with them. I mean, you have to be able to laugh at many things, but suicide is something should be treated sensitively for many reasons, let alone you never know what state the viewer watching it is in.

Robert Gebbia, the foundation’s executive director was quoted as saying: “We try not to be zealots about this…But this one … kind of crossed the line.”

NBC had no direct comment on the matter, as was expected.

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