According to “Variety,” former MPAA president Jack Valenti has proposed a multi-million dollar education plan (subscription required) to stave off congress from waging a “war against terror” on your television (ok, that’s very liberal paraphrasing).
Valenti’s goal, for the $250-300 million he anticipates the campaign will cost, is to educate parents in an effort to protect families from sexual, obscene or violent content.
Wait, did I just read that correctly? $250-300 million to “educate parents in an effort to protect families from sexual, obscene or violent content?” You’ve got to be joking, right?
Now it’s been a long time since I tried desparately to sneak in viewings of “Stripes” and “Porky’s” on HBO. I remember vividly, how I resented the hell out of the female authority figure who stood between me and my desire to see luscious females in their full frontal nude glory on the 19″ Sony in the den. She certainly didn’t need the aid of a bloated public service campaign to guide her.
About ten years ago… Single and living in Manhattan, I also recall an episode of “Beavis and Butthead” that was banned because some jackass kid burned their house down after watching Beavis play with matches.
By then, despite not being the a part of the demographic who had anything vested in censoring sexual, obscene or violent content for the benefit of America’s youth, I was of the mind that it should be the responsibility of parent to PARENT their kids, not be their friends. Sad as it may be, one doesn’t earn the right to be one’s child’s friend until such time as they have encouraged, disciplined and reared said child into responsible adulthood. Isn’t that common sense?
Regarding Mr. Valenti, let me stress that it is the opinion of this author that he genuinely trying to do a good thing to avoid a bloated and bureaucratic congress from wasting even more time and money, and worse, furthering the agenda of President George W. Bush’s crusade on our televisions.
To that end, liken it to prison rehabilitation… it doesn’t work. That the money would be better spent on planned parenthood (or a home lobotomy kit).