Suspending animation. For good.
Anna P. vel Amakat
Every reasonable mother or father should agree that modern upbringing methods leave much to be desired. Some even go as far as to claim that the traditional upbringing is long forgotten, since parents have simply transferred their responsibilities to computers and television, the latter being especially dangerous. Horror movies, disturbing documentaries and the news full of violent images pose a serious threat to mental health, but we do not realize that it is cartoons that can deprave, corrupt or even kill our precious child.
The first danger is imitation of violent and dangerous behavior, which has no serious consequences in the animated world. Tom and Jerry entertain themselves by hitting each other with hammers, setting things on fire or eating poison. And yet, two seconds later we find them in perfect health, alive and kicking, up for another prank. Since children learn by imitation, Tom and Jerry will teach them that jumping out of the window is nothing but pure fun, fire does not destroy and guns do not kill. When kids try to reenact the scenes – and very often they actually do – the result can be fatal. We should not be surprised to hear about suicides among children; most probably they were playing Tom and Jerry.
It cannot escape our attention that cartoon characters do not socialize, nor do they form normal families. Instead, they prefer to stay in their little cliques. For instance, Winnie The Pooh has a very limited number of friends, namely eight. Moreover, one of the characters (Kanga) is a single mother, so we fail to encounter a family model or any healthy relation in the story. The Powerpuff Girls are guilty of the same charge: their “father”, Professor Utonium, created them by accident while experimenting in his laboratory, so they naturally lack a mother figure. Gummi Bears and Smurfs are of unknown origin and they both live in some suspicious communes deep in the woods. Children cannot observe any traditional, healthy pattern, and this can influence their choice of lifestyle in adulthood.
According to the latest research, the most serious and worrying issue is the homosexual propaganda present in cartoons, and we may wonder how it happened that nobody has paid enough attention to the perversion of the Teletubbies – until now. Those four deviated characters encourage our children to be gay, and their leader is the purple Tinky Winky. So many clues: the color purple, the triangle-shaped antenna, and finally his red handbag; it is blatantly obvious that his sexual orientation is not politically correct. We cannot afford to bring up a generation of homosexuals, as the birth rate is already alarmingly low and dropping steadily. Parents have been either blinded by the apparent cuteness and harmlessness of those creatures, or simply too lazy to care about picking the right role models for their children. Luckily, the headline-grabbing truth behind Teletubbies has been unmasked.
Some cartoons may be more innocent than others, but we can never know what nasty secrets they hide. We shall not, therefore, run the risk of being suddenly shocked by revelations such as that about Tinky Winky. We can no longer be oblivious to the vicious intentions of cartoon producers. It may be too late for prevention strategies, since young minds are already contaminated, nevertheless, all cartoons should be banned from television and replaced with quality educational programs as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will raise asocial suicidal gay monsters, who at best will repeteadly demolish the house or put the cat into the washing machine just to see if it comes out as fluffy as in the cartoon they watched on television the other day.