Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at, believes safety and health advocates have every right to raise awareness for an issue by criticizing films or TV shows. But he thinks concerns over seat belt use should stick to reality and keep out of fiction.
"If you're going to start strapping any storyteller, whether it be a movie or a television show or a novel with only behavior that's good and healthy role-modeling behavior," said Thompson, "then we're in really big trouble."
18th century fiction, anyone? Boy, when people talk about neoclassicism, they mean it, don't they?