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CBS producer defends showing crying kids at end of tournament games

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CBS is standing by one of March Madness’ most divisive quasi-traditions.

In an interview with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post that ran on Tuesday, CBS executive producer Harold Bryant defended the network’s practice of showing crying children at the end of NCAA Tournament games.

“It is part of the drama and the storytelling of the event,” said Bryant. “It is part of the emotion of the tournament.

“They are all part of the story,” he continued. “All of the people in the arena. We try to strike that proper balance, the good and the bad. We try to strike that proper balance, as we tell the story of the tournament.”

The first week of this year’s tournament has already featured multiple shots of bawling children mourning the eliminations of their respective teams.

The practice has slowly been leading to more and more backlash on Twitter.

Yes, the shots have led to some quality meme material over the years. But the more important discussion here is if constantly showing children in anguish at the end of tournament games is at all explotiative or otherwise in poor taste — one that CBS and other networks should probably continue to evaluate.

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