Sexting. Pornography. Borderline incest. All on public display, courtesy of Fox.
Fox’s grimy program The Mick keeps hitting new lows. But the most recent episode – in which a teen boy is depicted looking at a nude sext, having a sexual dream leading to a nocturnal emission, and then finding out that it was his own sister in the picture – is the grimiest yet. This explains why the Tuesday, February 7th episode of Fox’s The Mick richly deserving of recognition as the Worst TV Show of the Week.
The above paragraph describes the most heinous content on display in this episode; but there were lots of other disgusting tidbits included too, such as: maid Alma drives recklessly and gets the family’s sports car keyed as a result. After tormenting little Ben (by withholding his inhaler from him during an asthma attack), she convinces the child to light the car on fire – after teaching him that “minivans are for soccer moms and pedophiles.” Mickey consistently opposes Chip going before his school’s “honor court” and telling them who sent the sext to him, thus sending the message to viewers that being a “snitch” is not acceptable, but that covering up criminal behavior (involving the sexual exploitation of a young woman) is. And once again, Mickey resorts to extortion and threats of violence to get her way.
Despite the lowbrow nature of the show’s writing, in one area The Mick’s writers are fairly accomplished: they are expert in dancing on the edge of legal indecency. The way the program is written, everyone KNOWS what is happening: a boy is aroused, then has a wet dream, by looking at his own sister naked – with all the incestuous themes that implies. Yet, because this is all done without actually SHOWING anything sexual, the program (and the Fox network) are legally off the hook. No doubt, these writers pat themselves on the back for their cleverness; but one must ask, do they ever once consider what messages the show is sending, or think at all about what it may be doing to children and teens in the audience?
Of course, those who love this kind of sickening “comedy” don’t care about such things. Supremely confident that watching such garbage does zero harm to youngsters, they sneer, “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” or “Do your job! Be a parent, and don’t let your kids watch,” or even, “Your kids should be in bed!” (Funny how those who don’t want people telling them what to watch, have no problem telling other people when to put their children to bed. Double-standard much?) Or even, “If you shelter your kids too much, by not exposing them to the ‘real world,’ they’ll become frustrated, flip out, and become totally psychotic as adults!” (Logically, then, parents should allow their children to shoot up heroin and be sexually molested, since after all sex and drug use are part of the ‘real world,’ and children shouldn’t be sheltered.)
But such alleged “arguments” in favor of allowing broadcasters to show anything they want, any time they want, no matter how depraved, and no matter how many children are in the audience, miss the point entirely. The point is this: Fox is on a broadcast network, using the airwaves owned by the public, beamed into every house in America. There are a plethora of premium cable networks, satellite channels, and streaming sites where the raciest, most explicit fare is available. Yet those allegedly most open and opposed to “censorship” are the first ones who demand the censorship of decent programming, and herd young viewers into a constantly shrinking programming ghetto. Even Cartoon Network doesn’t show programs safe for kids at 8 p.m. anymore!
Under these circumstances, it is hardly unreasonable to ask that there be SOMETHING on the public airwaves suitable for children to watch at 7:30 at night. But Fox – despite making billions of dollars a year exploiting a public resource, the airwaves – refuses to put on anything safe for children.
Least of all The Mick. The PTC has repeatedly alerted parents to the content on this program; but both Fox and the show’s sponsors continue to push the show on viewers, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (only 7:30 Central/Mountain) – all while rating the program appropriate for 14 year olds (and knowing full well that kids younger than that are watching).
Once, broadcasters knew they were “guests in the home,” and behaved appropriately. Today, The Mick is a perfect example of what television itself has become: an crude, obnoxious, arrogant visitor hosts don’t really want around, but can’t seem to get rid of.
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