Friday, January 21, 2011

Civilization is doomed?

A quick thought for the evening ... I was just watching Anderson Cooper's show and the topic was the new MTV series Skins. Apparently there is a huge controversy surrounding the show with its frank depiction of teenagers and sexual activity. The Parents Television Council has asked for some kind of federal investigation of the show to see if the producers and MTV are in violation of child pornography laws (apparently the actors are actual teenagers, unlike the "teenagers" on Glee who had their own controversy over a racy photo spread not too long ago), Taco Bell and other sponsors are pulling their ads, Viacom has asked MTV to tone down some of the more explicit aspects of the show, and people are basically blaming MTV now for influencing teenagers to emulate the actions of the characters on the show.

Which begs the question - if MTV is responsible for the behavior of viewers of Skins, why aren't Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News and any other person who has used some form of violent language or imagery responsible for the actions of Jared Loughner? Skins has been on for ONE WEEK (P.S. the original British version has been airing on BBC America for quite some time to little to no fanfare) yet it is now responsible for the complete and utter downfall of society, while years and years of the rhetoric from the right has absolutely nothing to do with Loughner's anti-government feelings? Why is one episode of one TV show responsible for the downfall of civilization while no one but Loughner is responsible for his actions and for also making victims out of Palin, et al?

Teenagers have been doing things they shouldn't be doing for, well, centuries. How about parents start taking some responsibility for the actions of their children and stop blaming society for everything that's wrong with them. Skins is rated TV-MA which means for mature audiences over the age of 17. Kids under 17 aren't supposed to be getting into R-rated movies without an adult - but they do. Try some actual parenting for a change and stop dumping your kids on the rest of us and expecting us to raise them. I know, I know, it takes a village to raise a child, however, the foundation has to be set by the parents in the home.

1 comment:

  1. People NEED scapegoats, they NEED to feel that something outside of thier control is responsible for causing thier kids, and society in general, to do things that are uncivilized. I guess people need to feel like there HAS to be a reason people do bad things! Marilyn Manson caused Columbine, video games cause violence in children, pop music and television promote sexual promiscuity in teens. But when a gay teen kills himself because his parents and society condemn him or her as a sinner and derelict, well...that's GOD!