Google Trends managed to again spark up a great deal of humor in my life today as I traced back the current #17 trend, the Parents’ Television Council, back to their roots. The group is apparently is pissed off at Family Guy for such minor issues as showing a menially handicapped horse killing deaf kids, said horse licking Peter’s ass in his sleep and depicting Stewie knowingly eating horse sperm in his cereal… no big deal, right?!
Besides being mad at a show that clearly has a track record (not to mention the viewer disclaimers) that would give any responsible parent enough forewarning to restrict their child’s television access for this particular program, the council is pretty much mad at all of t.v. On their website, they publish a beautiful guide that illustrates what shows are appropriate for their children, which is perfect when you want to feel like a great parent without relying on your own common sense and judgment. They’re currently taking signatures to overturn court rulings like the currently defunct CA Violent Video Games Act, which in a nut shell is scaring them because they fear that kids playing Duck Hunt is going to lead to the next Columbine.
I would suggest you poke around their website, liked HERE, for a quick reminder that some parents like to keep their children on a tight leash by following advice that an overbearing source tells them rather than sitting down with their kids, answering questions they have about some of the material they feel too racy and explain to them why they can’t watch a particular show. Remember: convincing yourself you’re doing the best job possible raising your kids is all that matters. For members of the Parents Television Council to reply back to me, which I would greatly appreciate, please click HERE. Thanks for your understanding.