The Fuckedness that is Children’s Entertainment
by Jane Sane
Remember Mr. Rogers? He wrote a show that was designed to teach kids patience, self-control, dignity, and respect for others. This philosophy was unwavering in every single episode, and every single encounter between the characters therein. In one episode, after a scene from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat peacefully resolved a conflict, Mr.Rogers said “Isn’t it nice to pretend things work out that way?”
He knew what he was up against. The unwavering blindness and arrogance that corrupts everyone. The selfishness that prevents us from seeing the benefits of cooperation. These were some of the problems that Mr. Rogers was aimed at curing, and he was not the only one. People like Jim Henson, Pee Wee Herman, and Raffi,
pioneered this peaceful vision for children’s entertainment.
But despite that, most of what we sell our kids to watch these days it total garbage. Just turn on the Disney Channel any hour of the day and look at the screen. Everything is overdone. The kids are richly dressed, impeccably groomed, and are given lines and parts that make them act a lot older than they are. The drama is totally image-driven. Characters are egotistical, selfish, and destructive. All the while, a soulless laugh-track plays in the background to highlight all the best teases and japes that the characters make amongst themselves, further promoting division and scrutiny between people to reinforce the moral pecking order. Its just plain fucked up.
Barney was the same way. A great big purple pedophile dinosaur keeping a gang of kids hostage in his upper-middle-class dinosaur lair. Giving them presents and feeding them candy so they will sing and dance with him. Sounds a lot like Michael Jackson actually, I wonder if there is any connection there…
So anyway, there’s a lot of shit out there for kids to watch that will teach them how to be spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement. In all seriousness, do not let your kids watch some of this shit, look at it, and tell them what is wrong with it so they know why it is horrible. If that’s not enough just mock the laugh track until they get tired of it and change it to Discovery Channel.