This week I caught an old episode of “Adventure Time” on Saturday night while getting things around the house done.
While the scene was playing in the background live on Cartoon Network, the next phrase I hear coming from the main character, Finn the
Human, is “son of a….” followed by the train’s horn to cover up Finn’s next suspiciously obvious and potentially offensive word.
This isn’t the first time I have heard something sort of “adultish” in a cartoon. And don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about!
While there are some “adultish” moments, like the occasional political humor, or a current event spoof, slipped into a cartoon, but that’s not what I’m arguing against. I’m talking about the stuff that OBVIOUSLY little Johnny (who still can’t read) may not need to be hearing.
I know, I know…”balance, balance, balance!”
All I’m saying is this, can we watch a cartoon that can be funny, innovative, different but lacking in a joke or humor that would only come from a 13-year-old boy in the back of a math class?
Then again, from a 40-something year old man who hasn’t realized he’s not funny yet!?
That’s why we have ratings, right!? And parents, right!? And censor bars and censor sounds, right!?
I’ll be honest…I understand that artists, be it cartoonists or writers, love pushing the envelope and “expressing” themselves, but they make it really hard FOR ME to fight the “GOOD” fight for the new school cartoons of the day.
You have any idea how bad it feels to hear a parent say “MY children cannot watch that” and yet I ironically know, “yeah, they’re watching and it’s called ‘my friends’ TV’ or YouTube.’”
Kids watch, no doubt about it! They probably hear worse things and see worse things than what is on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon or Disney Channel.
All I’m saying is that the independent press can only support something so much. Sometimes the answer “then don’t watch” is not always one color, but a shade of grey.