HBO Developing Assisted Suicide Comedy, But Killing People Isn’t Funny

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In a 1995 encyclical, Pope John Paul II famously referred to as trendy Western society a “tradition of dying.” So it was inevitable that we’d find yourself with a popular culture of dying as nicely.

And since we’ve already had abortion romantic comedies and abortions set to “Silent Evening” (Merry Christmas!), we’re overdue for a comedy collection revolving round assisted suicide. However right here come HBO and Timothy Simons (Veep) with Exit Plans. Deadline Hollywood describes the present at the moment in growth:

Written, starring and govt produced by Simons, Exit Plans facilities round assisted suicide. When assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a person from California opens a small enterprise serving to folks transition into dying peacefully whereas struggling to maintain ahold of his crumbling private life. Briefly, he’s making an attempt to determine his life whereas ending yours.

Gosh, that sounds as humorous as a (deadly) coronary heart assault. Extinguishing human lives is a scene arrange, no totally different than Cheers promoting beer or Barney Miller locking up muggers. Nihilism as plot gadget. Simons will serve up lame jokes about relationship and intercourse whereas making ready dying cocktails for his victims, er, prospects. Possibly there will likely be make-you-think moments when every death-seeker will give Simons surprising recommendation or impart hard-won knowledge earlier than chucking up the sponge. Or possibly they’ll go the slapstick route — Weekend at Bernie’s potentialities have to be tempting.

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Gallows humor has a protracted, distinguished pedigree. Nevertheless it’s solely humorous as a result of it comes from the condemned, not the executioner. And — greater than humorous — it’s an act of defiance and an assertion of human dignity within the face of the inevitable. Suicide, assisted or not, is the alternative. Nothing humorous about it.

LifeNews Notice: Matt Philbin writes for Newsbusters, the place this initially appeared.

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