The Muppet Show Inappropriate for Children?
Imagine a place where children are free to watch violent shows and because of this they become more violent, disrespectful to their parents, and imitate the character’s actions. An example of a T.V. series that has some content of violence is The Muppet Show, which is intended to be suitable for younger audiences. The show’s viewer rating from IMDb (Internet Movie Database) is TV G which is also known as (suitable for all audiences). But, I strongly disagree because this show shows discrimination and violence. Children are naïve and innocent; therefore, they are prone to copy these bad types of behavior. The Muppet Show with its crude humor and portrayals of violence can be only seen by a child if an adult or parent is also watching. As a kid my parents would always watch movies and T.V with me regardless of what rating it had ranging from G (General Audience) to PG (Parental Guidance) and they would always explain what the character’s behavior was as right or wrong. In “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” from The Muppet Show, the Muppets are portraying a scene of war which involved shooting, bombing, and killing of British, French, Native American, and American Muppets with each other. War is a state of conflict between nations and there should be no reason why Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppet Show, should allow this skit to be viewed in public. Children of young age ranging from 3-9 cannot fully understand what is being depicted in the skit but parents can give support and explain the true meaning of why the Muppets are trying to kill each other. A study in Macquarie University Children and Families Research Centre deputy director Dr. Wayne Warburton says “years of study across the world showed definite links between time spent between watching dramatized violence and the likelihood of aggressive behavior in the young”. Therefore, exposure to watching violent content such as The Muppet Show can greatly influence a...
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