Parents Television Council Targets Adult Swim (RANT)

February 15, 2014 on 7:45 pm by Mikoto | In Anime, Rants n' Ramblings | 7 Comments

Round of applause for actual parenting... oh wait

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.

*sigh*

Cartoon Network’s ‘Adult Swim’ has a long history of marketing explicit animation to children. The network’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 they’re targeting adult males by moving ‘Adult Swim’ 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.

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  1. I have heard about this in one of Alphaomegasin’s videos and I think it’s ridiculous too. I think parents need to be responsible for their children instead of having stations do it for them because they can’t do their jobs. It just like blaming violence on video games because there is a shooting or something. Still, I don’t think children or even teenagers should watch or play violent video games until they reach the age group the game or media is design for. Not to mention, there are parental controls on television and video game consoles, so there is no excuse.

    Comment chikorita157 — February 15, 2014 #

  2. @chikorita157: Irresponsible parents, the watchdogs, seem to love to put the blame on media for things they can easily control themselves. Such as buying a video game that’s named after a friggin’ felony (Grand Theft Auto) for their 8-year old kids. It’s their responsibility to teach the children the difference between reality and fiction, and also to limit their access to material that the children can’t handle; paying attention to the age ratings. The tools are all there for them to use, and they fail to make use of them.

    Comment Mikoto — February 15, 2014 #

  3. This is not as easy as you think.

    Kids these days can easily download stuff from the internet. TV shows, movies, games, porn… everything. And you can’t monitor them 24/7. I’m pretty sure you also played with games or watched movies you shouldn’t have, or if not you must be in the very little minority. If I was right, your parents didn’t pay attention to what you are doing either. So yeah, it’s really hard to watch over them. Also most parents are not adept in these kind of things (internet, games, parental protection, etc..) and maybe not even understand what you do/watch. For example, my parents thought that all “cartoons” are for kids. When I told them that’s not the case they were dumbfounded.

    Most kids are also clever enough to google “how to get around parental protection” ;)

    Comment bl@ck — February 16, 2014 #

  4. @bl@ck: Then don’t give them a computer. Again, the parents are complaining about something that’s fully in their control. Giving an elementary schooler access to the computer without making sure they’re only going to appropriate sites is already a friggin’ bad idea.

    If your child isn’t obeying your rules, then it’s a problem with THEM and any whining or moaning you do towards a television station won’t make a difference because they’ll find a way to rebel against you either way. Same with video games – games are RATED and if you buy your kids these games without knowing that they’re for older teenagers and adults, is it fair to complain to the video game companies to have them abolished? Ignorance shouldn’t be rewarded.

    As for me, yes I’ve grown up watching things I shouldn’t have and playing games I shouldn’t have, let alone porn, but that’s because I had terrible parents (they were caring in their own ways, and I love them in my own ways, but they were without a doubt, bad parents). Right now, I grew up perfectly rational (admittedly, with some problems due to my shoddy upbringing, but overall I’d like to say that I’m a decent human being that’s trying to get over those obstacles), which either means I was different from other kids or these things parents complain about aren’t as bad as they seem if your child is bright enough to understand.

    Comment Mikoto — February 16, 2014 #

  5. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t think they are right either.
    Just wanted to say that it’s really hard to >properly< look after kids.

    Comment bl@ck — February 17, 2014 #

  6. @bl@ck: Of course. Regardless though, parents who at least try are better than nothing, and I wouldn’t really blame but upbringing too much on them. These particular ones relying on the television and not doing anything to control the television themselves are not what I’d call good.

    Comment Mikoto — February 17, 2014 #

  7. Amen! Preach it brother! I agree with everything you just said! Its like Dr. Phil once said “You aren’t going to be the only influence in your child’s life, but you can be the BEST one”. Yes, studies have shown that things like porn and violence do have a slight negative effect on kids but it also showed that parents can moderate the effects.

    The one thing that pisses me off more is the fact that the rest of us have to suffer for the lousy parenting of other people. I am a grown adult and if I wanna play violent video games or watch porn then that’s my right. I shouldn’t be deprived because of lazy ass parents!

    Comment TsukuyomiMagi99 — March 24, 2014 #

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