• Bad Teacher is Bad TV

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Misrated, Sex • 0 Comments

    BadTeacherBased on the 2011 R-Rated movie starring Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is TV’s latest bad sitcom. Airing at 9:30 Eastern and Pacific (only 8:30 Central and Mountain), the premise is that Meredith, an attractive and self-centered woman was recently dumped by her rich husband, so she fakes a resume to get a job teaching at a middle school in an affluent neighborhood where she hopes to find a wealthy divorced dad who will make her his new trophy wife.

    What makes her a bad teacher? She uses foul language in the class room, and makes sexually suggestive remarks in the presence of the children. In her classroom, she plays a song that includes the lyric “Bitches ain’t nothing but hos and tricks.” When some boys start repeating the lyric in the lunchroom, Meredith tries to redeem herself by saying, “Kids, that song isn’t right, because bitches can be anything they want. Bitches can be doctors. Bitches can be astronauts. Bitches can even be President of the United States.” Cue the “More You Know” PSA music.

    She bullies the mean girl clique – who are, afterall, still children and in her charge — calling them “water bra” and “panty lines,” she humiliates a student in front of her class as revenge because the girl didn’t want her to date her father, then further embarrasses the girl for not yet having developed breasts.

    During the most recent episode, one of Meredith’s students points out “Million Dollar Mike,” a local real estate tycoon, and says his face is all over billboards and benches around town.

    Meredith says, “I’ve sat on his face like a million times.”

    The CBS website describes Meredith as “hot,” “fearless,” “unapologetic,” “quick thinking,” and concludes their analysis of her, saying “Meredith may be the worst teacher ever, but she’s the only one qualified to impart much-needed life lessons to Lily and her friends, while she keeps an eye out for husband #2,” which clearly implies that they admire this “Bad Teacher” and approve of her teaching methods, which makes Bad Teacher not just bad TV, but proof of CBS’s bad judgment.

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    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

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