Thursday, October 20, 2005

Kids, Don't Look at the Dirty, Dirty Cartoons

In a misguided effort to help families decide what to watch on the tee-vee, the Parents Television Council has included bizare descriptions of the programs on its list of the 10 worst shows on primetime television.

L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC:
Families should not be deceived. The top three worst shows all contain crude and raunchy dialogue with sex-themed jokes and foul language. Even worse is the fact that Hollywood is peddling its filth to families with cartoons like The Family Guy and American Dad. These two shows have contained scenes in which characters are shown having sex and topics such as masturbation, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia are routinely discussed.
Here is their summary of the best program on television:
Arrested Development is the story of the Bluth family. The show picks up when George Sr. is arrested for securities fraud and his son Michael is left to pick up the pieces of the family and their business.

Arrested Development is designed to offend. Episodes regularly contain scripted bleeps. This enables the writers to use language, including "f**k" and "s**t," network censors would never allow. Arrested Development also employs some of the most outrageous double-entendres ever to find their way into prime-time. In one episode, for example, Tobias says he was an analyst and a therapist, making him the first "analrapist." Other episodes have delved into the bizarre sexual proclivities of the main characters, such as Lucille's revelation that she and George derive sexual pleasure from being strangled with a belt.
I agree with the PTC, outrageous double-entendres should only be engaged in by adults in a committed and loving relationship -- or under the close supervision of an analrapist.

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