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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Parent of the year

File this under "You Gotta Be Freakin' Kidding Me."

For the record, I do not watch "The Girls Next Door" on the E! network. I am, however, a compulsive channel surfer, an often find myself pausing on any number of shows that I arguably should not be watching (but in my defense it's often before I know what they are).

If you don't know -- and I REALLY hope you don't know -- the aforementioned show is of the reality variety. It follows the unfathomably shallow lifestyles of Hugh Heffner's three girlfriends. Sounds brilliant already, right?

As I'm channel surfing the other day, I stop on E! long enough to observe an autograph signing filmed inside a crowded mall. Here, many "GND" fans were gathered to meet and greet the three blondes. Among these were young girls, standing in line with their parents. "Bridgette (sp?) is my favorite!" a girl of about 12 years old beams.

YOUR FAVORITE WHAT?! More importantly, moms, what in the name of all that's good and decent in the world are you thinking? You should not allow your young girls to watch this rubbish, let alone pick a favorite Playmate and collect her autograph!

Am I going crazy? Is this not the most BASIC principle for parents? That principle being: Don't sit down as a family to watch TV programming that is not made for families (including but not limited to shows in which main characters take off their clothes on a regular basis so censors have to blur their private parts) and don't encourage your daughters to put on a pedestal any individual who got to where she is because she took off her clothes (including but not limited to women whose day-to-day existence revolves around primping, shopping and partying).

Well, I've gotten myself all worked up now. I think I'll go vomit again.

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Blogger girlfriday said...

Even though I know this is becoming a common occurence, I'm still shocked. It strikes me that even a parent who lets their kid watch all kinds of crap would stop at a show about what amounts to a group of high-class hookers, poor souls.

But I also know that sometimes we forget to turn our filters on. Remember that babysitter who had that movie, "I know who you are, and I know what you did" on and I was freaking out because it scared me? As an adult, I can look back at that and think that that girl probably thought that show was really silly and not scary at all and didn't understand my reaction.

I do the same thing. But I try to stop and think about what impact it might have on a kid's mind. Sometimes I forget to put that filter on.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blogger SerineKat said...

Ugh, I've seen GND and it's stupid. I've noticed that some people my own age LOVE that darn thing! PLEASE! There's nothing liberating nor moral about these ladies. No matter what your religious or political thought this is just a waste of airtime. As for 12 year old girls liking it... doesn't surprise me... what other options are there? Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson.... really, what happened to REAL WOMEN?

Thursday, October 18, 2007


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