The other day I heard one million moms were upset with Disney. What the hell did Disney do to upset one million moms? It took me a minute to realize that it wasn’t actually a million moms who were upset, but the group One Million Moms (Usually I link to the group I’m talking about so you can see where I’m getting my info. In this case, I’m not linking to them because I don’t like them).
I’ve heard of One Million Moms in the past. Since I hadn’t heard anything about them for a while, I had no idea why they’d be upset with Disney. I was really feeling out of the loop, so I had to check them out and see what was going on.
First, some information on One Million Moms. Their goal is to have one million moms united to monitor what’s on TV, movies and music. While they don’t say how many moms are actually on board with what they’re doing, I can see they have under 65,000 Facebook likes. Some of those are men, and some are people, like me, who just “like” being aware of what they’re doing. They tend to think that all media should be “family friendly” and take it as their personal mission to scream loudly about anything that isn’t.
Basically they’re a group of self-appointed dictators.
Meh. I don’t really care for dictators or for One Million Moms.
On another day, reading what they’ve been up to would have been upsetting. I know this because I’ve had those other days. In the past, I’ve gotten quite upset that they want to police so much, demanding advertisers don’t sponsor certain shows or they’ll boycott, demanding networks take shows off the air or they’ll boycott, blah, blah, blah.
Oddly enough though, on this day, I found humor in the situation. I found myself thinking, “I don’t really care if they are sending letters to express their unhappiness or if they are boycotting companies.” They are entitled to do what makes them feel better about themselves. They feel they are “bettering” society, and while I don’t agree with them, why should I care?
Maybe I shouldn’t care, but I do. It rubs me the wrong way when people want to dictate what I can and can’t watch in my house. While reading through their previous campaigns, I did find some of them humorous. I’ll tell you why they’re upset with Disney, but before we get there, let me show you a few examples of other television they’ve been upset with.
One Million Moms and the Staples “L Word” Commercials
Staples commercials use these slogans: “There will be L to pay; L if I know; Get the L out of here; All L has broken loose and What the L is going on.”
Staples’ ads (airing on broadcast airwaves and in print) are irresponsible and offensive. They are extremely destructive and damaging to impressionable children who will be exposed to this suggested profanity.
Oh hell, I don’t know how destructive that really is to impressionable children. I watched the commercial and my kids came up and saw it. Sure enough, one of them said, “What the L?” and the other said, “No, they said what the hell.”
Wanna know how I dealt with it? I used my firm “mom voice” and said, “They said what the L, but I don’t want to hear either of you boys say either of those things.” Boom. Done. Hope that won’t cause psychological scarring in the future.
Newsflash: Precious Peter is going to hear the word hell if he leaves the house. He’ll overhear it at the grocery store, the department store, or he may even overhear a couple moms say it at the playground.
One Million Moms – Oh Capital One, not the D word
In the newest Capital One commercial starring Samuel L. Jackson, he blurts out the d-word! We all know children repeat what they hear.
Capital One’s “Quicksilver” ad is irresponsible and offensive. It is extremely destructive and damaging to impressionable children viewing the commercial.
Is this really what people worry about? The D word? Extremely destructive? Simply hearing the word Damn is damaging? I know you can’t see me, but I’m really just sitting here shaking my head.
Samuel L. Jackson is a badass. Sometimes badasses say damn. Sometimes they even tell people to “Go the Fuck to Sleep.”
One Million Moms and NBC’s Dracula
Warning! NBC’s “Dracula” season premiere is set to air this Friday, October 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT with a TV-14 rating. The gory series will air on weekends when children and teens potentially stay up later. As another program to warp the minds of our youth, it will likely give children nightmares
Please send your email to oppose NBC’s new show “Dracula” and strongly encourage this network to drop all plans to air the program.
Let NBC know you and your family will not be watching the series premiere of “Dracula” or any following episodes. Also, inform NBC that you will no longer watch the network at all in order to avoid seeing the graphic previews for this dark show.
Let NBC know also that you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging advertisers to place it on their “do not advertise” list, consider pulling all ads from the NBC network in protest.
This arrogant entitlement is exactly what pisses me off. “If I don’t want my kids to watch it, then it shouldn’t be on TV.” Aside from One Million Moms, who thinks this way?
My response to that will always be parents need to parent their own kids. If a show isn’t appropriate for them, turn the channel or turn off the television.
I can guarantee if darling Debbie doesn’t watch the show, she won’t have nightmares. I can’t comprehend trying to get the show removed from a network so some people can be lax parents in their homes.
As an adult, I might want to watch the show. I highly doubt it will give me nightmares. If it does give me nightmares, I’ll probably quit watching it. I can guarantee I won’t write to the advertisers and ask them to stop advertising with that show. I won’t write letters to the network demanding it be removed because I don’t like it.
One Million Moms and Disney’s Good Luck Charlie
An upcoming episode in this last season of “Good Luck Charlie” will feature a family with two moms, a first for Disney Channel.
Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend. This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is extremely unnecessary.
Oh, I have so much to say about this one.
Personally, I have never seen Good Luck Charlie. I have, however, seen a few episodes of other shows on the Disney Channel. I have problems with them: the kids are snotty, back talking little shits who do whatever they want with no consequences. The parents typically act like buffoons or are around very little, allowing their kids to have free reign.
I don’t want my boys, ages 9 and 6, to watch those shows so I don’t allow them to watch those shows. I would rather they watch shows that have involved parents who don’t allow back talk. Those types of shows wouldn’t make for good TV though, so they aren’t on.
You know what I don’t do? I don’t scream in horror and ask thousands of people to demand that Disney takes the shows off the air.
Kids with two moms or two dads is not something of science fiction. It’s reality. If that’s hidden from children, when they confront it in real life they may not know how to react to it.
These One Million Moms aren’t giving their children enough credit. If their kids are emotionally able to watch this show, these topics aren’t “too difficult for them to understand.” It’s not a “mature issue.”
How do I know? A couple of days ago my 9-year-old asked the meaning of the word “gay.” He told us he knew there were two meanings of the word. We told him one meaning was happy and one meaning was when two men or two women loved each other. He said okay – end of conversation. Incidentally, our 6-year-old was in the room listening as well.
The next day, the 6-year-old asks, “so…some people can have two mommies and other people can have two daddies?” We told him yes and he replied, “I guess I’m pretty lucky to have one of each.” Is that really such a hard conversation to have? Maybe One Million Moms need to learn how to talk with kids.
We didn’t bring up the topic, but when the boys did, we answered the questions they had. Now if they meet someone with same-sex parents it won’t be a massive shock to them.
Being a parent isn’t dictating everything other people are doing. It isn’t about telling other parents they are doing it wrong. It’s simply watching what your family is doing. Teaching your children your ideology, sure, but also making them aware other families may have different beliefs.
It’s all about choices here. One Million Moms choose to be the babysitter of the world instead of only their own household. I choose to monitor my household, and not worry about what other people are watching on TV.
Have an opinion on One Million Moms? Should they worry more about their own households, or should we be grateful we have One Million Moms looking out for us?