(Filed under: In the News)
I am just catching up on some news while my kids are watching some Saturday morning cartoons. As I sit here and listen, I can not believe the crap that passes for children’s entertainment these days.
That is why I was so glad to find out last weekend that the show “Veggie Tales” is now on NBC. Since we only have networks, we have very few choices for cartoon viewing. My three-year-old has almost no good choices, since CBS stopped carrying Blue’s Clues and other Nick Jr. preschool programming on Saturday mornings.
For those of you who are not fundamentalist Christians who like to indoctrinate your children, you might not realize that “Veggie Tales” is a Christian cartoon. It is quite funny, too. My brother-in-law, who is a very liberal UCC Reverend, gave us about a dozen videos last year. They integrate biblical teaching with humor and cultural references.
I was shocked to see a religious show on network TV, but a quick Google revealed that they were being stripped of all references to God and religion, for the safety of all children viewing.
I was okay with this compromise. There is no way that non-Christian parents would want a Christian cartoon on network TV and I really can’t blame them.
The Veggie Tales bunch, lead by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, present a wonderful alternative to the junk on TV. They present good lessons on things like sharing, telling the truth, and not judging other people who are different. I think our children today thirst for those values in their TV shows.
One day, when my kids had left the room to go do something else, I caught a glimpse of Bratz, the cartoon. I have all boys, so I don’t have to deal with “Skankz,” as my husband calls them. I was totally shocked that the characters were talking about one girl going out with another girl’s boyfriend and lying to her or some kind of drama like that. But what did I expect from the people who produce a line of baby dolls wearing sexy lingerie?
With this kind of influence pervading kiddie pop culture, wholesome shows like Veggie Tales are a welcome change of pace.
The last place I thought I would find opposition was from a group whose primary mission is “to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America’s demand for positive, family-oriented television programming.”
So, I was surprised to read that the Parents Television Council is complaining that NBC is removing the Christian references in Veggie Tales.
Says the groups president, L. Brent Bozell, in the AP story, “If NBC is so concerned about that four-letter-word God, then they shouldn’t have taken ‘VeggieTales’. This just documents the disconnect between Hollywood and the real world.”
I say, get over yourself. Our children need good quality programming like Veggie Tales. They do not need you ruining it for them, either. Not all children are Christians, but all children can benefit from the positive messages that Veggie Tales provide, regardless of creed.
To complain about good quality children’s programming because they removed the Bible verse and Bob and Larry’s tag line, “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much,” is a bad case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
This kind of complaint just documents the disconnect between L. Brent Bozell and the real world.
(On a some what related note: Check out the knit Bob and Larry stuffed animals ..er.. vegetables I made for my son Ethan, over at Crafty Mama.)