Any one of my readers that have kids would probably have been exposed to this show already:
Tom And Jerry Tales. 8:30AM start time EST.
I was hearing strange sounds and went to investigate.
Imagine my surprise to see some sort of Hawiian fire goddess throwing fire balls at Tom the cat as he rode a totally unbelieveable surfboard on lava.
That wasn't my issue. Lava riding beings, man, machine or animal, has been done hundreds of times.
What I took umbrage to was the fact that the "fire goddess" was a naked buxom and shapely babe with wisps of fire slicing across her southern privates and fingers of flame cupping her ample breasts.
What in the world are these cartoonists thinking with -- their pencil penises?? Give me a break! That is not appropriate for children's TV.
Why do they have to sneak in sex?
Why do they target such a young audience?
They're skanky about it too. They couch sex within favorite characters so the kids will pitch a fit if you tell them to turn it off or change the channel.
"It's a good part, Mom! What's wrong with it?"
Scary, isn't it?
What is wrong?
It's wrong that they really don't know what they're being exposed to , but the seeds of casual sex and casual treatment of sex, male or female, have been planted. It's influence shows up once the hormones start changing their views of themselves, their peers and their world.
Don't even get me started on the violence that accompanies the sex. That is another soapbox subject.
So, have YOU watched the latest cartoon fodder on TV with your kids?
Have you seen what I've seen?
As adults, we can rationalize, understand and dismiss most of the crap imbedded in cartoons. I believe we do this automattically, like a reflex.
Kids haven't lived long enough to develop that reflex or anti-marketing skin. They are little sponges, absorbing everything - the filters develop as they age and as they gain maturity.
Right now, WE are the filters. As hard as it is to do, we must play the "bad cop".
If we don't,
I shudder to think about the ripple affect on the morality and ethics of our future society.
Time to catch the pebble BEFORE it hits the pond.