AMC’s post-apocalypse zombie series The Walking Dead has its enthusiastic fans (12.4 million viewers for its third season finale Sunday). Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is not one of them.
“Honestly, I have no idea what this zombie phenomenon is all about,” he writes in his latest newspaper column, comparing the show’s Sunday ratings to those of the lower-rated The Bible on the History Channel. “Way back in the 1960′s, I saw the first explicit zombie movie The Night of the Living Dead. Things were creeping along okay until a little girl turned into a zombie and tried to eat her mom. At that point my entire group decided enough was enough and we bolted the theatre.”
[T]oday that scene would be tame. Now zombie kids will eat their entire family if given the opportunity. Depravity doesn’t even begin to cover it. Apparently, we Americans have an unending appetite for gross behavior.