From the Lowell Sun
Next week in Los Angeles, shooting begins on a 30-minute pilot episode for a proposed Fox-TV network comedy-drama series based in Lowell. The show is centered around an "academically gifted-but-street-tough," 11-year-old boy named "Audie Murphy," the pilot's co-writer Mike O'Malley announced yesterday.
Over the past 18 months, I have been a volunteer at the Department of Children & Families. Being street-tough may make a good Hollywood sitcom, but it is scary to be emotionally insecure and exposed to the dangers that can scar children. There are children and young adults, who have no parent due to substance abuse, exploited by family friends, and recruited by gangs if there is no healthy father figure.
I want Lowell NOT to be tough. It is nothing to be proud of or to glorify in our media (even in a fictional sitcom) as entertainment. I want it to be a loving place with strong commited families and a safe community without fear, a place where we don't have to be tough to live.