The kids would need to be self-important smart alecs who could manipulate their parents into buying wharehouses full of Disney crap. Yet how could the network create such a demographic?
Enter stage right: Hannah Montana, The Suite Life, iCarly, and The Wizards of Waverly Place. In each and every show, there are recurring messages to kids:
- Adults are silly and gullible. Lie to them. Pacify them. Then do whatever you want because you are smarter.
- Material stuff is important. You need to wear trendy clothes and go to stylists. How you look is more critical than who you are.
- Being glib and full of sarcasm is your ticket to fame, fortune, and popularity. Work on these traits now. Compassion, kindness, and real emotion are for suckers. Unless of course there is a soundtrack and an audience that will say "awww" at exactly the right moment.
There is nothing awkward about the new breed of Disney programs. Slick sets full of 15-year-old girls with hair extensions and personal trainers are the mainstay. All of Disney's stars can sing, primp, and pole-dance. The smugness of these barely-teen kids is palpable.
I go a little crazy if I catch Daniel diving for the remote when I walk into a room. It means he was watching one of them. He of course thinks they're cool and tells me "everybody else" in his class is allowed to watch the Disney Channel. My response? Well, obviously their parents just don't love them enough to teach them that Disney shows lead to crack. Harsh? Yes. But as indicated in previous posts, I myself am a bit fringe. And do we really need to discuss all of the Disney stars with addiction problems? I don't think I'm that far off track.
I didn't actually see it, but people aware of my hostility towards Disney have told me that the shows were mocked by Saturday Night Live recently for these very same reasons. Thank you, SNL. You have done what millions of moms across America should be doing. Stop feeding the Disney beast! Of course, we would like to plan a trip to Disney World before the boys get too old and get some cute pictures of Joey with Donald....but after that, we're DONE.
I will continue to fight the good fight as far as what my kids are exposed to, but I know that I am losing more and more control daily. My wee ones are testing, pushing, and role-playing even now. They are all stubborn. Yet I have one secret weapon.
Meet your match.
|This is my husband "smiling."|