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This morning I experienced my first true parental moral dilemma.
The kids were in the front room playing a PlayStation game. Since I consider myself to be a liberal-thinking, modern progressive type of parent, I had no problem with them playing the game “Simpsons Hit And Run”, and why not, it’s funny.
My 10-year-old daughter had been watching MTV in the kitchen, probably for the MTV Movie Awards. When she went to join her brother at the PS2, I stayed in the kitchen, and the TV stayed on.
At 10am on a Sunday morning, a new MTV cartoon called “Drawn Together” began. I was busy doing things around the kitchen but in the bits I could see I noticed it was a fusion of classic cartoon characters and reality TV. Quite clever. I noticed different old classic characters being lampooned, such as Betty Boop, Family Guy, The Little Mermaid, Pokemon, even Spongebob Squarepants is in there. It sounded good.
Then I noticed the dialogue. The Little Mermaid character was talking about a dream she was having, and in the dream she was fantasizing about french-kissing the fit black female r&b singer Foxxy Love. In the cartoon we are treated to a full enactment of said kissing.
Then later on Foxxy Love herself gives all the other characters a lesson in the birds and the bees, with a way-too-grammatically-correct demonstration provided by a couple obviously copied from Family Guy.
This show looks hilarious, but I am annoyed that is was shown early on a Sunday morning. I want to complain to someone, I want to do something about it, but I’m afraid of sounding like, well, like my grandparents! Surely it’s not unreasonable to object to this material being shown at this hour.