Friday, September 01, 2006

The Disney Channel is Evil

Rather a controversial title, eh? I'll explain.

A while back, my wife and I had noticed an uptick in the eloquence of my 13daughter when she was being insolent. For example, she'd cry, "You people!" and pirouette out of the room when she didn't like something. And there have been other examples of this where has suddenly developed a flair for the dramatic.

And it all comes from the Disney Channel.

My daughter often has the DC on the main living room TV when I get home from work. I usually don't pay attention but the other day I heard one of the girl characters exclaim, "You people!" and march out of a talk with her mother. I watched with sudden interest the remainder of the show.

I kept waiting for the girl to be chastised or otherwise get some sort of comeuppance for the lack of respect she showed her mother. It never happened. There was no consequence at all.

Since then I've been watching these shows with interest. Phil of the Future, The Suite Life, and others. And I've noticed that while the settings and story backgrounds may be different, the child characters all behave more or less according to - I guess - some super-secret Disney formula. And most, to be fair not all, of the characters are disrespectful to or smarter than their parents.

I know this appeals to kids. Kids love shows where kids out-smart or out-sass adults. But some kids, and my daughter is apparently one of them, see this as behavioral norm. Disney is showing my kids how to disrespect me!!!

Anyone else have teens or pre-teens who like the Disney Channel and may have noticed the same pattern?

13 comments:

Dan Georges said...

Gonz:

You are spot on with your observations. The "kids" in these shows ("suite life", et al) seem to be brash, annoying, jerky adults in kid bodies. It's as if the writers and producers of the show can't show kids as they are (with maybe a little bit of hyperbole) for fear no one will enjoy the show.

This may help explain my 9-year old daughter's disrespectful attitude lately. She watches a lot of those two brats on suite life.

Disney is not evil, though - we need to stop our kids from watching this crap. So it's up to us.

Dan

J.J. said...

you people r sooooooooooo STUPID!!! AND MEEEAAN!!! i recently heard how disney channel is evil and how the story behind it is bad, i even heard AND WAS PROVED TO that if you play what some of the characters say backwards you will here evil spiritful words BUT that doesnt mean the KIDS in it are BRATS U IDIOT! thats just mean! who r u to prove that those little "what YOU call BRATS!!!" know of this. Its the producers that r the bad guys and the writers and directors! NOT the kids GOT ME!!!!!!!

J.J. said...

oh and by the way that "what the characters say backwards are evil wods" thing is with none of the characters except for the ones on POKEMON not suite life, phil of the future, ect.

sammy saucer head said...

you dont think pokemon does backwards talking?? the snake called ekans what does that spell backwards? the D.C is extreamly anti christ and I challengs anyone to prove me wrong. It's not the kids fault!! where did britney spears get her start? where and what condition is she in now? when Walt Disney started the whole magical kingdom almost everyone could see that it was anti christ and evil. wizards, talking back to your parent's, witchcraft as long as it is good witch craft or wicca as it is called. is this what the bible teaches us?? No we are told to stay away from this stuff. call me a right wing fanatic or a idiot it's your kids not mine. I dont have kids but im smart enough to know what is good and evil. Madonna said " I dont let my kids even watch T.V at all" she knows what is going on. but she dont mind teaching your teenager her message. It is my job to get this message out. It's your free will to believe it or not. Respectfully Troy k Dawes.

Gonzo said...

Since Hannah Montana premiered, I know that the DC is evil!

Troy k Dawes said...

well I thought it over and there is a lot of stuff on tv thats a lot worse then the disney channel. yeaaa they got wizards and hanna montanna. hell i think billy ray cyrus is a lot worse than his daughter. she's inocent. he came out with that stupid ake breake heart crap and after that he was all washed up. Miley has made more money than her dad could have ever dreamed off makeing. just teach your kids that this is television and not real.. anything in moderation but these kids that sit in front of the tv all the time now with a double quater pounder with cheese in one hand and a sony playstation control in the other hand not to mention there so fat they can barley bend over to tie there shoes. well just look at there parents. there the same way. and what would people do without a cell phone?? eveyday i see some idiot thats ramed into the back of someone on 64 and 95 in the morning this country is a runaway train i hate to say it. Barak Obama is a walking turd in a suit shucking and jiving Jive talking lieing closet muslem,homosexuall,if the american people put that thing in the white house i will be shocked. i love what he said quote "im very proud of my christianity but I believe in evolution" and "I have a 6 and 9 year old daughter and im teaching them morals and good values but if they make a mistake they dont have to have a baby over that mistake" unbelieveable!!!!! Respectfully Troy k Dawes.. ps if Obama is elected the white house will be the house of desalation. a Obama-nation

Anonymous said...

Same problem with my daughter. I'm trying to decide if we can "revert" our household to pre-Disney Channel.

It's a shame that what could be called Disney values seem to be out the window for the Disney Channel.

The one rule I've been able to stick to for TV watching is "If you ever talk to me like a Disney kid, the TV will go away."

It's never gotten that bad--I can usually cut off the attituded with, "You're starting to sound like a Disney kid."

(Too bad you're getting such crazy comments--you're point is very good).

Anonymous said...

ABsolutely . DIsney is evil and has no morals or conscience what so ever. I am upset that I have to be the one to blcok it and my cable provider does not provide me the option of a cable packe that doesn not include DIsney. The kids are obnoxious, disrespectful, uneducated, dont; read or write or care about intellectual ideas, have no feeling or morals. They show ONE program 10 times a day. I used to have to WAIT a whole WEEK before I could see the brady bunch again. BUt no, Hannah montana is available 10 times a day. They are takign control out of the parents hands and then blaming US , the parents if we complain about the ignorance of mass media. It's up the parents Yes , but corporate america and the media do their darndest to keep children under their speel and take away our power as parents.

Anonymous said...

to the one who started commenting on politics,hey retard,did you read what the post was about? your comments were mostly out of topic and makes you sound like a moron
take you shitty opinion about politics and shove it up your fucking cunt

TKD said...

OHHH COME ON NOW.. I EXPECTED SOMETHING A LITTLE BETTER FROM A MAN WITH YOUR EDUCATION..I LOVE HOW YOU!!! IDIOTS!! MR ANONYMOUS TALK SO TOUGH BEHIND THAT KEYBOARD. I COULD SAY SOME HORRIBLE STUFF RIGHT BACK. NOW I SEE IT'S NOT THE DISNEY CHANNEL AS YOU SAID BUT THE PARENT'S. THEY DIDIN'T TAKE CONTROL OUT OF THE PARENTS HANDS YOU GAVE THEM CONTRL BY LETING YOUR KID SIT IN FRONT OF THAT CRAP. THEN YOU THROW A TEMPER TANTRUM AND LAY ON THE FLOOR AND KICK AND SCREAM CUZ SOMEBODY SAID SOMETHING ABOUT POLITICS. AND THATS MR IDIOT TO YOU BONEHEAD!

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Anonymous said...

I am not a mother but when I take care of kids they give me attitudes and they are like 4-7 years old! That makes me shock because I started this attitude when I was a teen but its really true...

Anonymous said...

i am 14 yr old teen girl n i totaly get this. i find it a little innapropiate especially wen they refer to u kno wat on good luck charlie! N i dnt like it wen my little brotha stars watchn it cuz i kno he's tryn to work out wat they'r sayn!n i feel sorry fr the child actors, a lot of disgustng stuff happens to them bakstage!! cory feldman made a claim about it n i'm very surprisd it isn't all over the news (search it) someone needs to permanatly take of this channel!