Monday, November 24, 2008

Not Much

I've started to blog several times this morning and nothing is coming forth. Brain freeze.

Last night we watched a sappy movie on the Family Channel. I do love silly movies now and then especially with a little romance thrown in. This movie was especially stupid with some seriously bad acting, but still we watched it until the end. Other than being a total waste of time, there was one thing that really bothered me. In the movie, one of the minor characters comes out of the closet and confesses on Christmas Day that he is gay. Other than the dad, who is portrayed as the stupid one, everyone is happy for the gay guy. It is as if TV Land is telling us how we are suppose to respond if we are "the cool" characters. The fact that the issue was brought up on a family channel and on a kid movie is bothersome. It is not just the gay issue, it is the whole sleeping around and other things that you would rather not have to explain to your kids just yet. So the moral of this story is to not let your children watch even "the safe" channels on TV by themselves. In this day and age, you have to be like a hawk carefully watching everything that is going on around your nest.

7 comments:

Buck said...

Other than the dad, who is portrayed as the stupid one...

Aren't Dads ALWAYS portrayed as the stupid ones? It's a wonder we manage to raise fully-functioning fathers in this country, given all the negative images about fathers and fatherhood boys have to endure. MAJOR hot-button with me. Sorry for the mini-rant.

Jenny said...

Yup, always gotta make sure what the kids are watching is ok these days. I always enjoyed Rosanne in my teen years (I related to Darlene and Becky very well. LOL!). Now I really don't want them watching that. Cosby Show and Home Improvement (that may hit Buck's stupid-dad button. LOL!) and Hannah Montana are the norm sitcoms around here. All the kids LOVE to watch Star Trek Voyager and the old 80's show Knight Rider for the boys. They love the car K.I.T.T. LOL! Found out last week that there is a NEW Knight Rider series and the car is a Mustang (which is my oldest's favorite), but haven't yet checked it out.

for the most part, though, the TV is on channels that show Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney (which I have learned to tune out).

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

I'm pretty sure i know the movie you watched and yeah...i thought the same thing when i saw it when it came out. Shocking (wink) that the ABC Family Channel, known for its stance on morality, would run a movie with that kind of educational value...

Hence our dedication to Sunday and Monday night football...where all you have to worry about is the occasional pan to the overpaid pole sliders and the beer commercial bikini's.

Becky said...

The indoctrination of our kids begins at a younger and younger age these days. Sad, that.

Becky said...

We were watching the same movie and that sent me scurrying for the remote. Like it would take it all back and erase what was heard somehow. I thought we ALL could set down and watch a decent family movie, wrong again!

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Fire Fox said...

Lou, Here in liberal land the gay community is literally, out-of-the-closet, and in public. You generally don't see public displays of open affection, but you certainly see the subtle nuances. (Except of course if you are in Provincetown where "anything" goes.) My daughter has experienced "enlightenment" in school (grade 7) as there were children of gay couples attending school with her. Later on, she had classmates that "came out". So it is no surprise to me to see a family program that includes homosexuality. I am in agreement with you about the "sleeping around" issue... that only reiterates what you and others have said- you must be careful what you let your children watch.Unfortunately you can't expect the people in charge of programming to protect your children from those things you don't want them exposed to.