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Stop Blaming Television, Parents

I follow a Simpsons blog here on Tumblr, and one of things they do every so often is show an FCC complaint made by a viewer, where they describe what they feel is too inappropriate for broadcast television, and then the clip is shown. And every time, I get really pissed off. I hate how some parents feel that television channels should be responsible for taking care of children rather than the parents. It’s like they honestly feel that the entire world revolves around their stupid kid, and their inability to properly discuss with them what goes on in the real world. Be a parent, and tell your kid to not watch the things you don’t want them to watch, or explain to them that it’s just a television show and to not do or take serious the things in the show. It’s not Fox’s fault, or any network or personality that your kid watched their content. Besides the obvious fact that no one is forcing your kid to be tainted by inappropriate television, there’s this fancy thing called the internet where you can research about shows to learn if that’s the kind of thing you want your kid watching, like Common Sense Media. Also, there is this thing built into every new television called a V-Chip, where you can block certain channels or ratings. Speaking of ratings, The Simpsons is rated TV-PG, which means parental guidance. At no point is Fox misleading anyone into thinking the show is kid friendly.
Parents, please start taking responsibility for your own kids. These are the same people who blame fast food companies for making their kids unhealthy. You brought your kid in, Ronald McDonald didn’t feed your kid a hamburger.

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