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How to Decide Whose Life to Save on 'Childrens Hospital' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2010 6:46AM
'Childrens Hospital'The doctors at 'Childrens Hospital' (Sun., 12AM on CN) faced a tough dilemma this week. As Dr. Richie (Ken Marino) described it, "What started out as a routine multiple pole impaling has become a socio-racial minefield."

As always, 'Childrens Hospital' is at the forefront of brutal satire. With the two patients in question an elderly black man and a young white boy, they could tackle sensitive race issues in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.

Faced with the moral dilemma that could become a public relations fiasco for the hospital, the Chief (Megan Mullally) made the only rational decision she could. "My instinct is to let them both die," she told her staff, to their eager enthusiasm.


Unfortunately, the black man (Ernie Hudson) was more than willing to sacrifice his life for the boy. He had terminal cancer and was ready to see his wife again. But Dr. Richie wasn't so sure it was quite that easy.

"The choice is between tomorrow's headlines reading 'Beloved Grandfather, War Hero and Black American Lives Through Tragedy' or 'Doctors Save Hate-Spewing, Crappy-Music Loving Date Rapist,'" he said to the boy.

We see it as a statement on how in our efforts for political correctness, we sometimes overthink a situation, more concerned about being seen as "appropriate" than just doing the right thing. Sometimes the answer is pretty simple. Sometimes the right thing to do is kill the obnoxious kid and save the Ghostbuster!

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