In my childhood my parents especially my mother, used to be very cautious on what we watched on television –We actually had TV Rules. Be it action movies, adventures, Horror movies and she was more protective on love story movies, though she used not to mind we watching comedy and cartoons movies , because by then movies in this category were clean and rated General for all audience [G].
I remember there was a day she found us watching a certain movie I don’t remember the title but it was a love story, she first kept calm and watched with us, then when a sex scene drop on, she stood up at once, switched off the television set and told us to go play and those who had homework were told to go finish their homework. In some others cases she could tell us to go fetch/bring something for her as the sex scene played on or was fast forwarded.
In this kind of home, our childhood was set and destined to only watching comedy movies and cartoons but most especially cartoons. We watched cartoons day in and day out; In those days cartoon network was the real deal, then samurai X, Ghost Busters, Godzilla, G.I Joe, wild cats, Penguin (Read: Pingu), Sesame street and Power Rangers. Whenever she found us watching such, her heart was at peace and well! She knew we were in good hands and totally safe.
By the way cartoons taught me and my siblings a lot; cartoons were and are still a platform to learn from. I can testify – there are so many things and techniques I learnt from cartoons I watched.
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Fast forward to today, I still watch cartoons, yes! *palm face* Allow me ask, do you know that many things are learnt from what we see, hear and touch? Let us focus on what we see/watch –let us narrow that down to videos. If you are very observant you should know by now most of the series, movies or music videos are trying to tell/send a message to our generation and the next generation(s) to come. If you have watched a number of series and movies; you could have realized that non-humans (Zombies, Vampires, wolves and other creatures) can relate(fall in love) with humans am talking about vampire diaries, walking dead, teen wolf, twilight, the originals, east witch the list isreally long but allow me stop at that. How about the gay couples in almost every series recently; Scandal, Empire, Gossip girl, Modern Family, 90210 and for this list; it is really a long one it can be a blog on its own, just the list.
Let us drift back to the cartoons, more emphasis on the cartoons being produced recently –If you are a cartoon lover, you could at least have watched cartoons; kiss, have sex and use corrosive language, I mean Boondocks here. How about cartoons where non-humans relate with humans, I am talking about Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2. Well, how about cartoons that have a gay couple? Clarence is one of them, oh! There is also Steven Universe. By the way all these cartoons that I have mentioned and others I haven’t mentioned are very entertaining and fun to watch. But like I said, there is always a message being sent to the target audience –for the cartoons, the target audience; Mainly children, few youths and adults, No?
The message from those categories of cartoons I have mentioned is simply this; it is okay to be gay, it is okay to use corrosive language, it is okay to fall in love with non-humans, as a kid it is okay to kiss and have sex. Literally we should tolerate and accept certain things and norms into our society irrespective of our morals, spiritual beliefs and cultural standards, Right? Personally I know at all levels, this is wrong and our next generations are heading to where I cannot even imagine! It is that bad.
So the question is; what can we do to save and shape our generation and next generation(s)? Kindly share your thoughts with the rest of the world by commenting on the blog.