• Netflix and Facebook Partner to Take Sexualization of Children to a New Low

    by  • October 17, 2018 • Sexualization • 2 Comments

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    Netflix’s Big Mouth – the animated series that sexualizes children in incredibly sick and disturbing ways — might be the filthiest thing… anywhere. And the creators and writers know it. That’s what they’re aiming for. In a recent interview with The A.V. Club, co-creator Nick Kroll said, “Someone wrote a quote that we really liked: ‘Big Mouth gives zero f*cks.’ As we’ve continued to work on the show, we have tried to keep that in mind: We don’t want to soften or dull the hard, big, crazy jokes.”

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    Example of a Big Mouth Episode

    “Yes, I believe that the show’s incredibly dirty, and if you told me your 13-year-old wasn’t allowed to watch it, I’d be like, sure, I get it. But your 13-year-old is very likely watching or has access to much more crazy, dirty, and disgusting things on the internet that are much less aware of the messages they’re putting out into the world. Selfishly—I made this show—I want as many people to see it as possible.”

    Either the writers are intending to put these highly sexualized images of children in front of an adult audience, OR they are deliberately creating and marketing graphic, sexualized, TV-MA-rated content to kids. Which is worse?

    As if this weren’t bad enough, Netflix is partnering with Facebook to deliver a new Facebook game called, “Hand Masters: Play with Yourself.” The social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are promoting the “contest” using a series of emojis suggestive of masturbation and includes a video clip of an adolescent boy with his hands down his pants being encouraged to masturbate by a hairy monster.

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    Further proof, as if any was needed, that Netflix is a bad actor – especially where children are concerned.

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    Contact Facebook and Netflix today to let them know you are disgusted by their efforts to sexualize children.

    Netflix: Jill Dortheimer: jdortheimer@netflix.com

    Facebook Corporate HQ: 650-543-4800

    To help protect America’s children from Netflix’s toxic programming,  Donate to the Parents Television Council Today!.

     

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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.

    2 Responses to Netflix and Facebook Partner to Take Sexualization of Children to a New Low

    1. Ed
      October 24, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Just because you can, dosen’t mean you should.

    2. NeversideFaerie
      October 20, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Even if it’s true that children are watching “much more crazy, dirty, and disgusting things on the internet”, that doesn’t mean it’s right for Nick Kroll to exploit their curiosity. It saddens me that many parents are oblivious to what their kids are watching online or don’t really give a darn if they’re watching hardcore pornography…the fact that Kroll even EXPECTS parents to be like this shows a worrying trend in society. Also, while I believe it’s important for kids to have a “vocabulary and platform” to discuss sex and puberty (in an age-appropriate “birds and bees” manner) the type of sexual and puberty-related themes in Kroll’s programme are incredibly extreme, graphic and disturbing. It frightens me that your average teenagers are learning about more perverse acts than most adults would have known about just decades before. It almost seems like some giant social experiment – to see what happens if young people are being shown increasingly more profane and selfish ideas about sexuality at earlier and earlier ages. I was also fairly disappointed to hear that Kroll was conversing with parents who’d let their offspring watch his show at a Bar Mitzvah, of all places. Is this what parents – including people of faith – want their kids to know about sex? That it’s dirty and naughty and something you do purely for pleasure, without thinking of the consequences? True happiness cannot come from acting selfishly and it is no coincidence that this generation of youth is struggling with depression and low self-esteem.

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