On the Disney Channel

I must start by saying I am incredibly impressed with what Disney has accomplished.

Not only did they fill a market, they did so by building a marketable clientele that quite simply had not existed.

If you’ve ever seen the Disney Channel, you know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing there to be admired. The jokes are outdated, cued by a laugh track (funny on Andy Griffith, etc., where the wisecracks were hilarious), the acting is atrocious, and the morals are based on effeminacy and immaturity.

But yet, it is the Walt Disney Company’s single largest source of income.

What’s the problem? Why is it such a big deal?

Well, what’s it teaching the kids who watch it?

For one, “parents are stupid.” Authorities up in your grill? Revolt! Pout! Whine! Get your way, eventually! They’ll realize the folly of their oppressive ways. Do whatever the heck you want, because you want to. It should be noted that Wizards of Waverly Place is almost an exception to this: in contrast to other shows, actions have consequences and the parents/adults are not portrayed with the same low mental capacity as in, say, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (featuring two brats wrecking a five star hotel for kicks, without consequences).

Another thing is the refusal to accept responsibility. Anything you do, anyone’s life you wreck, any property you destroy, it’s all somebody else’s problem. Just walk away and let the lowlifes clean up your mess.

Gender roles are incredibly confused. Girls are expected to be drama queens with perfect bodies and razor sharp wits, and the guys are expected to have the bodies of Greek gods and the fashion sense of a runway model. Show me a southern belle and a guy who ain’t afraid to get dirt under his nails and I’ll show you who ain’t gonna be the next HSM stars.

These shows simultaneously lose what it means to be feminine, and what it means to be masculine. That topic is for another time, and there are men far more qualified to answer than me, but suffice it to say that the role models presented here are antithetical to true womanhood and manhood.

The culture that this creates is a culture of airhead teenage girls of both sexes. It is a culture that accepts Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus as good wholesome music (need I say more). It’s a culture of Never Never Land, where you never grow up and someone is always waiting to clean up your mess.

In other words, EXACTLY the kind of people we want in our government and workforce in twenty years. You’re welcome, America.

P.S.: This is not meant to be a Disney-bashing post, although it practically is. Too often, Christians denounce something in a manner that doubts the salvation of those who disagree with them (although this has a place). This is not the case here. You will not go to Hell for letting your kids watch Disney, or by watching it yourself. However, this post does attempt to point out the dangers of doing so, and there’s a good chance that you will reap the rewards later. Watch at your own risk. I bear no responsibility for drama fits and bursting into song during football practice (unless that song is AC/DC or “All I Do is Win”).

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5 comments

  1. Nick House

    My brother and sisters will watch the Disney channel whenever they’re somewhere with TV (Mainly because it is the only channel with anything remotely close to being child-appropriate), and will complain about it the entire time, yet still watch it. Whenever I come in to see some snippet of Selena Gomez or Daphne Lavato or whoever, the first thing that comes to mind is “I could write a better show than that.” It’s like a really bad lost episode of Home Improvement.
    Morally, The channel seems to operate on the belief that good is the absence of evil. Sure, the Disney Channel may not have explicit sex and violence like HBO, but it’s teaching kids stupidity, disrespect, effiminacy, snottiness, and other undesirable things. At least it’s not as bad as the Cartoon Network showing “Family Guy” (Can’t we get a children’s channel that is actually appropriate for kids?”), although, incidentally, I believe that the main writer for “Phineas and Ferb” is a “Family Guy” alumnus, which is probably why the former has some moments that are close to being humorous.

    • MadDawg Scientist

      You can write a better show than anyone else, Nick, so don’t show us all up 😉

      More specifically, good is the absence of anything whatsoever. It’s like Junior HBO. The kids that live on values learned on the Disney Channel graduate to learn values from Family Guy.

      A good whippin’ would fix 90% of their problems.

      Tried TV Land? Good stuff.

    • MadDawg Scientist

      This is also one of my biggest peeves.
      Oddly enough, it correctly portrays what little [my mixed audience prevents me from using the correct epithets] the kids would be if the parents were that stupid, careless, and ineffective.

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