QUESTION - I was wondering about The recent trend toward using names in TV shows of a negative connotation. There are a lot of People in a lot of different religions talking about This But when you look up the networks Fox and W.G.N. The new sit com on Fox is Lucifer the show on W.G.N. is Sleepy Hollow. I no longer watch these shows. But I just wonder what you make of this trend in Television?
ANSWER - I'm a bit torn on the subject. On the one hand I think it is good to debunk some of the myth around the craft and get people talking about what it means to be a witch in the modern era. On the other hand a lot of the television programs sensationalise and misrepresent the craft and lead to me getting questions from hopeful young dreamers along the lines of can I send them a spell to make their broomstick fly... This can be frustrating as I think there is a lot more inaccurate information out there than there is truth and this can lead to young people in particular getting their hopes up about embracing the craft as a "solve all problems path" only to be disappointed when magic doesn't work like it does in the films.
I also think there is a danger that the misrepresentation of witches can lead to some concern about integrating with us in society. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable living next door to someone who could throw cars down the street with their mind and this popular presentation of witches could encourage people to think we have powers likely to be a danger to the communities we live in. I'd like to think most television viewers have enough common sense to take TV drama with a pinch of salt but sadly as we know, some viewers take everything on the small screen very literally.
I do watch some of the dramas that touch on the craft (Can't abide Charmed but I enjoyed Once Upon a Time) and some can be quite entertaining. Witchcraft, like any esoteric craft is always going to hold a certain appeal for people with no personal connection to it and I can see why as a concept it appeals to filmmakers and television producers. I don't think as witches we can really object to this as other major faiths, paths and crafts have had their fair share of fictional representations too.
In terms of the names themselves I don't think it is a problem as they are not used with actual intent. I must admit if I was an actor I'd be reluctant to use wording to perform something like a demonic summoning, even in character but as there is no actual intention behind it then I strongly doubt it will yield any results.
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