Growing up in my family we watched a lot of television but there were rules about how much we could watch, what when could watch and when we could watch it. My parents decided what I could or could not see on the television. There wasn’t some “watchdog group” or “powerful parents organization” that took it upon itself to police our family room.
I specifically remember that I wasn’t allowed to watch Soap and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman because my parents thought the subject matter was too mature. I thought mature subject matter was the funniest stuff out there. Monty Python’s Flying Circus almost crossed the line but, because it was on PBS it wasn’t on the forbidden programming list.
We had a specific bedtime and it was adhered to. As we got older, we were allowed to watch television in bed, on occasion, as we fell asleep but, generally speaking, it was “lights out” when mother or father said it was “lights out”. My parents supervised my siblings and I and figured other parents were worrying about their own kids.
In response to NBC’s announcement last week that Howard Stern would be a judge on the next season of the popular reality competition America’s Got Talent, the Parents Television Council released a statement claiming that primetime television is no place for Stern who they called “a performer who is synonymous with shock, profanity and obscenity.” Their statement went on to say that “the once-proud broadcast network [NBC] has lost its way and has made it clear it holds no concern whatsoever for children and families.”
They’re also up in arms over a contestant on FOX’s X Factor that, apparently, dropped his pants during a performance and was “blurred” out for the broadcast. PTC President Tim Winter complained stating that, if the act was performed in public, “he would have been arrested. But if he performs in front of a FOX camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation.”
I’ll add these concerned parents to my List of People That Should Mind Their Own Business. Ladies and gentlemen, if you don’t want your children to watch Howard Stern on television then turn the damned thing off. Make some rules in your household about what is acceptable viewing and what is not. Make sure your kids understand your rules and the consequences of breaking them. And I’ll worry about what is watched in my home.
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