Banned From TV
Or at least our TV. The list of shows I'll no longer allow my kid to watch is growing daily. The latest program to get the boot (and the block, I heart my DVR) is "Max and Ruby".Those of you out there with small children may have seen it, I'm pretty sure it airs on PBS Sprout, which blows my mind. It's a quaintly-drawn animation, very sweet and old-fashioned, starring cute little anthromorphic bunny rabbits. Max is the younger brother, and Ruby, his older sister, was apparently left in charge of him that one day when Mommy went out for smokes and never came back--like many, many children's shows, these tots don't seem to have parents.Anyway, if you actually watch a few episodes, you come to the conclusion that you'd rather have your kid watching pay-per-view porn. Or maybe that's just me. Every episode revolves around the "aw, isn't that cute?!" glorification of the younger child's selfish, deceptive, and destructive behavior, while mocking the older child's responsibility and quiet, constructive play. Max lies, sneaks, and busts his way through each show while the ever-patient Ruby tries to keep him from breaking his fool head off, only to end up with all of the supporting characters praising Max's inadvertent creativity and chuckling condescendingly at his bumbling sister's efforts to keep him in check.Also, the sly little look on Max's face just makes me want to beat him to a pulp and then fry him up. Mmmmm, rabbit gravy.I know that children's TV isn't perfect, but I'll be damned if my three-year-old gets to watch a show where some sneaky little shit breaks into his sister's room, destroys all her stuff, lies about it, and then gets rewarded at the end. And I'll be damned if I want her viewing a program that sends the message that the kind, patient care-takers of the world are to be vilified and mocked.At least when Trey lets her watch a UFC match, it teaches her that actions have consequences, dammit.