An episode of the children’s show “Arthur” recently sparked a nationwide debate about sensible programming for kids after Alabama Public Television refused to air it. The controversy revolved around a prominent male character getting married to another man.
A closer look at the company that produced the episode, Oasis Animation, reveals that a gay animated wedding may only be the tip of the iceberg.
The company’s website, which is easily accessed by a Google search that can be performed by a child, lists Oasis Animation’s projects geared toward younger children. The lineup includes “Arthur,” “Caillou,” and several other well-known shows.
The list also includes at least one show that is definitely geared toward a mature audience.
A show called “Two Nuts and a Richard” (I’ll let you figure out the innuendo on that one) sits only a few tiles away from a link to the “Arthur” page.
Any curious kids clicking on the friendly-looking faces representing “Two Nuts and a Richard” are soon taken to a page showing cartoon drugs, alcohol and even an animated decapitation.
The sexualized nature of much of the material and the presence of wanton scenes of death, albeit animated, could be damaging to a developing child.
The ease with which this material can be accessed from a page with “Arthur” characters is shocking.
The decapitation scene, meanwhile, is the same as one the company uploaded to its YouTube account.
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Although it’s likely no surprise that a company introducing children to gay marriage as deviously as Oasis did is involved in a project like this, the move to put links to the two shows on the same page is questionable.
Research posted by the National Institutes of Health indicates that children often copy what they see on-screen characters doing. This effect is so powerful that the study even suggests children being exposed to on-screen violence is a threat to public health.
One grisly episode isn’t likely to start a child down a path of violence, but it does shine a light on a problem many of America’s youth face.
Our country’s youngest generation is dealing with oversexualization, gratuitous violence and overt use of drugs and alcohol in movies and television.
A culture that glorifies many of these activities and lifestyles only throws gasoline on the fire, making parents’ struggles to teach moral character an uphill battle.
In a society that’s trying to do away with the sanctity of life, this is an inherently difficult struggle.
That’s why companies like Oasis Animation need to be careful when entrusted to produce children’s television. Linked material, like that on the company’s production page, can easily be accessed and viewed by minors.
Parents everywhere will appreciate the concern.
Conservative Tribune, a brand of The Western Journal, reached out to Oasis Animation for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.
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