OPINION: Protecting Young Americans
There’s no doubt in my mind that protecting young people in America, especially children and teens, is becoming a full-time job due to awful stuff that’s not only easily available on the internet, but can also be seen on TV, magazines, and even advertisements. Let’s start off with an example of a piece of content found where most teens and young adults spend most of their free time, the internet.
In 2012, a 6-year-old boy from Florida named Albert Roundtree Jr. was allowed by his own parents to star in an explicit rap video named Booty Pop, where there are obvious and downright disgusting sexual references, especially coming from the rap lyrics sung by the young toddler. The video is so shocking that I don’t even recommend watching it or even looking it up. I will tell you, however, that the video rightfully caused major backlash and disgust throughout the YouTube community. It also made many Fox News contributors disturbed as well, including psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who responded to the clip by writing a column slamming the boy’s parents and wondering why they weren’t even put in jail for allowing this to happen to their son. This is just one of the many examples of disgusting and harmful sexual content being churned out these days on the internet. I could list more, but I don’t want to risk anybody reading this column to get anymore nauseous.
Not surprisingly, a lot of magazines allow ads that feature sexual references as well, even ads that are for things such as fast-food, snacks, and candy bars. This isn’t just in the United States, this is an issue around the world. In 2009, a magazine advertisement for Burger King Singapore advertising a sandwich called the “BK Super Seven Incher”, caused major backlash. Many critics called the ad “distasteful”, due to its references to oral sex. Ads like this are proof that pornography has come off the pages of garbage like Playboy, and into many mainstream magazines such as Cosmopolitan. Even magazines aimed at pre-teens and teenagers such as Seventeen are selling explicit movies to 12-year-olds, in their effort to take away the innocence of today’s children.
But by far, the worst offender of this deplorable issue of selling filth in America is the Television industry, because many elitist media executives are coarsening our culture by trying to create “edgy” fare that has nothing but gratuitous sex and violence. Even on what ABC considers their “family”-oriented sister channel, there are sex scenes that no children should even catch a glimpse at. This is basically all in an effort for ABC to redefine what “family” TV means to them in their liberal bubble, along with their TV-14 rated lesbian-couple propaganda, The Fosters. This isn’t really a surprise, seeing that the new president of the entire ABC empire is in bed with far-left billionaire George Soros. I find this really sad myself, because as ABC and its sister networks are alienating half of their audiences that aren’t from New York or Los Angeles, Disney – their parent company – has two feature animation divisions that know how to please the American public with what they want… wholesome, family-oriented movies that the whole family can watch together. As I’ve stated many times before in this column, Disney’s biggest hit right now is the 2013 animated feature, Frozen, which grossed over a billion dollars at the box office, further indicating that people around the world are hungry for movies that are suitable for the entire family to enjoy.
Parents are having a tougher time than ever trying to find content free of sex, violence, and offensive references to this kind of behavior. Traditional-minded people have got to change the culture if they want this to stop happening. The feature animation industry (as well as networks like Hallmark Channel and INSP) is very traditional-minded, and needs to be commended for knowing what the American public wants in terms of modern entertainment. But alone, it isn’t enough. And because of that, today’s parents have a lot of obstacles to face.