Thursday, May 8, 2003

Another union urges CBS to can 'Hillbillies'

The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The United Steelworkers of America has joined the protest against CBS' plans for the reality TV series The Real Beverly Hillbillies.

"Poverty and a lack of education may be a joke to those who select television programming, but they are not to the millions of working poor in this country who strive to live their lives with dignity and pride," the United Steelworkers' president, Leo W. Gerard, wrote to CBS parent Viacom Inc.

The United Mine Workers of America, people from across the Appalachian region and 43 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked CBS to cancel plans for the show.

A CBS spokeswoman in Los Angeles referred the matter to a network spokesman in New York, who did not return a message.

The show would move a poor rural family to a Beverly Hills mansion. It's a takeoff on the original Beverly Hillbillies hit sitcom.

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