• Fox’s “The Mick” Continues to Exploit & Sexualize Kids for Laughs

    by  • March 28, 2018 • Advertiser Accountability, Sexualization, Television • 1 Comment

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    In the year since Fox Broadcasting’s “The Mick” debuted, it has proven to be a one-trick pony, falling back on the same hackneyed gag of having the children in the show saying and doing grossly inappropriate things for laughs.

    It might be funny except that the show exploits and sexualizes kids.

    The episode that aired on March 20th is the worst example to-date of the way this show imposes adult sexuality onto children.

    In the beginning of the episode Mickey tells the kids to put down their phones and go out into the real world to which Chip (a middle-school-aged boy) replies, “Real world blows. I can’t wait ‘till I’m hooked up to an I.V. drip just hammering V.R. porn stars 24/7.” Later, Chip is found out to having created a fake social media profile where he is pretending to be a male adult tattoo artist in order to secretly get to know more about one of Sabrina’s friends. Alba hires a prostitute to impersonate Chip’s internet persona in an attempt to shake things up.

    Chip: “Yeah okay she’s not gonna find out ’cause Marcus is gonna die of AIDS.”

    Alba: “But why AIDS?”

    Chip: “It makes sense. He’s a baller tattoo artist, he works with needles, and he gets laid a lot.”

    Mickey’s live-in boyfriend Jimmy says to seven-year-old Ben, “Ben, feel that rumble in your balls?”

    Ben: “It kind of hurts.”

    Jimmy: “Yeah well toughen up once you work them over.”

    Mickey accidentally locks Ben in the back seat of Jimmy’s used police car and in an attempt to rescue him, gets herself trapped halfway between the trunk of the car and the backseat. She comes up with a plan to reach her cell phone that was left in the front seat and tells Ben, “So I want you to close your eyes and help me take off my bra.” After Ben’s attempts to reach the phone with the wire from Mickey’s bra she implies that she removed her bottoms to keep from overheating.

    Throughout the series’ run, the child actors on the series have been consistently sexualized and put in the position of saying and doing outrageous things. “The Mick” employs child actors, rates the series as appropriate for young teens, and airs it at a time and on a venue that is easily accessible to young children.

    The writers of this show are actively encouraging adults to view these children as sex objects and active, willing participants in their own sexualization, and these companies helped pay for it:

    MCDONALDS

    SAMSUNG GALAXY S9

    CITIBANK

    PEPSI

    SPRINT

    HOTELS.COM

    OLD NAVY CLOTHING

    DUNKIN DONUTS

    VOLKSWAGEN

    NISSAN

    BOOST MOBILE

    ARBYS

    In this #MeToo era, can’t we also say #TimesUp to sexualizing children for laughs?

     

    THE MICK season 2 episode 18 “The Car” airdate: 03/20/2018 from Parents Television Council on Vimeo.

     

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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.

    One Response to Fox’s “The Mick” Continues to Exploit & Sexualize Kids for Laughs

    1. Denise
      March 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      You’re absolutely right. With the Time’s Up movement, the exploitation of children should be even more apparent and condemned. There should be more regulations or even sexual harassment/exploitation laws clearly outlined when they hire an employee. I’m glad you listed the advertiser’s as well. Hit them where it hurts, the wallet.

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