Round of applause for actual parenting… oh wait
Parents Television Council, a pro-censorship advocate group, who are known to hysterically bombard attacks on television shows they deem inappropriate for children, has taken the liberty of targeting their latest attacks on Cartoon Network’s adult programming block, Adult Swim (known for its comparatively more adult-orientated programming, which includes some live-action programs as well as minimally-censored anime series like Space Dandy) for moving its 9PM start time to 8 PM.
Cartoon Networkâ€™s â€˜Adult Swimâ€™ has a long history of marketing explicit animation to children. The networkâ€™s announcement that it is moving this programming block to an even earlier hour when children are more likely to be in the audience is disturbing on a number of levels. The network claims that theyâ€™re targeting adult males by moving â€˜Adult Swimâ€™ to an earlier hour, but in the process children are being thrown under the bus.
– PTC President Tim Winter on PRWeb
The argument they present here is that, by moving these adult shows to an earlier hour, the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim execs are allowing kids to be exposed to inappropriate programming.
But, my question is: why the hell aren’t the parents monitoring what their kids watch? It’s not like the television set forces you to watch certain TV programs – if you don’t like what you or your children are watching, you can easily just change the channel. Call me insane, but if I had children, and I felt that whatever they were watching was inappropriate, I’d fucking make sure they wouldn’t be able to watch it ever. It pains me to see how reliant these parents are in regards to using television to take care of their kids for them, that they have the gull to bitch and moan over mature programming on television because they’re not comfortable with it, and end up trying to ruin entertainment for others because they’re too lazy to get off their asses and turn the television off!
It’s called ADULT Swim for a reason – this is equivalent to you catching your son watching porn on a porn website, and then complaining to the webmasters about hosting porn on a porn website and demanding that the porn should be taken down. And let me tell you, there are a LOT more inappropriate shows airing earlier in the day on every cable television station – heck, some of the shows airing on Adult Swim aren’t even exclusive to Adult Swim and air even earlier on other channels.
You chose to buy a television set, you chose to pay for cable access, and you chose to allow your child access to media that may not be right for them. So don’t act as if you have no control over what they’re doing in the house – you have plenty of control, you’re just being a lousy parent. Media isn’t always healthy, especially for impressionable children whose brains haven’t fully developed yet (which, by the way, doesn’t until they’re 25), but it’s almost inconsequential if you’re actually being a good parent. These irresponsible nutjobs are one of the many reasons why humanity can’t have nice things.