‘Degrassi’ is disgraceful, even for teens
Life is not an episode of “The Waltons” or “The Cosby Show” but television shows, especially kids’ shows, now integrate the most liberal or extreme scenarios into their storylines normalizing the behavior.
“Degrassi”, or more specifically, “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” is the flagship show of TeenNick which was revamped in 2009 and features the long running Canadian show.
TeenNick sounds like a safe haven for parents to unleash their children for some mindless television time. Unfortunately, you need to be concerned.
This is “Degrassi”:
*Jimmy tries to advance his sexual relationship with girlfriend Ashley, he learns that his physical disabilities have caused him to have some erectile issues
*Episode entitled: “It’s Raining Men” – teens Marco and Dylan go on a date, have their first kiss after season long tension including a GLAAD mixer
*One character is caught snorting cocaine and that character joins the first to “find out what it’s like”
*The Coach takes KC to a hotel, gets him drunk, watches porn with him, shows his gun and hires KC a hooker.
Sex, drinking, suicide, even some drug use, getting DRUNK…”Degrassi” delivers it all.
“Part of making stories about the next generation involves tackling social issues relevant to today’s adolescents, even if that means pushing the envelope of what’s conventionally seen in youth-oriented programs” said co-creator and producer Linda Schuyler.
Push the envelope….
The producer just told you the truth: you don’t get to parent, you get what they decide your kid needs.
“Degrassi” hides behind the TeenNick label to seem like a family friendly program but it’s nothing of the sorts.
To make matters worse, they’ll run ads for this garbage during shows for younger kids (e.g. during “Ned’s Declassified”)
They can spin this as an envelope that needs to be pushed, but teachers getting teens drunk and hiring hookers is illegal…ILLEGAL…not a barrier.
See what I think of iCarly: http://deskofbrian.com/2009/12/parenting-war-ban-on-icarly/
Here’s pretty comprehensive list:http://degrassi.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_issues_addressed_in_Degrassi:_The_Next_Generation
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Brandon Jones writes for several websites, particularly Examiner.com where he covers several topics, but no focuses on The Global Dispatch and keeping truth in the news.
He began ‘blogging’ on CrazedFanboy.com before it was called blogging. DeskofBrian was formed as a collaboration and grew in popularity. Brandon publishes his Pop Culture articles (“Splash Page”) and the heavier “State of the Nation” which deals with religion, politics, economics, here on The Global Dispatch.