Olympic Death Shown on TV: Appropiate or Not?

Nodar Kumaritashvili

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Last Friday and Saturday, the video of the horrific death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvil seemed to be on repeat. NBC originally broadcasted the video hours before the opening ceremony, and it has since been played during Olympic headlines.


It's graphic. It shows rescue workers trying to save the luger after the accident, the athlete's bloodied body on a stretcher in his final moments. It sickens me to see "Luge Death Video" as a top search term for Google.

Could you imagine being his parents and loved ones? Seeing your son literally die on international television...over and over again. I can't even imagine. The news took what should have been a private, grieving moment for the family and broadcasted worldwide.

"I can't and I won't see the footage of my son's last minutes," his father, David Kumaritashvili, said in comments televised Sunday.

Also, there are little children watching! When I have to shoo my friends' kids out of the room because of something too graphic on the news, that shows something is seriously wrong with our society.

What do you think about NBC's decision to broadcast the death? Appropriate or not?

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