Television and the movies often depict a dangerous practice, yet nary a voice is raised in protest. One supposes that with all the problems in the world, it is hard to get those pressure groups worked up about the improper opening of a bottle of sparkling wine.
And, in fact, if you try to open it as they usually do on the screen -- pushing the cork with your thumbs -- you'll probably just wind up with a couple of broken thumbnails and an unopened bottle.
Actually, though, the cork on a bottle of Champagne or other bubbly should be treated with appropriate respect. It's in so tightly because it holds back a great deal of pressure and thus can launch itself out of the bottle at put-an-eye-out, window-breaking speed and force.