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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Sometimes I hate

the parents on supernanny. I just simply hate them with a burning passion. I cannot believe how horrible some of them are to their kids - and yet they see themselves as the victims of their children.

Jojo is good - but I hope they follow-up and give the families support and therapy.


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Anastasia said...

i hate them, too.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger k8 said...

I started out just thinking they were stupid, but I'm getting close to hate now. On top of their inability to act like parents, I keep thinking that televising your children's behavior in this way is a form of exploitation.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Atalanta said...

I agree entirely - the whole idea that kids rule the house, and will, apparently, behave as benevelant dictatators unless something is seriously wrong with the *kids* - leading to the SuperNanny parents claiming victim status? So wrong - and soooo foreign to my upbringing.
In a related note, have you come to loathe the 'although I, as an adult, recognize that your [gangster/true crime] program is brilliant, alas, I as parent will be blocking your show from now on' ads? I have. When I was a kid, my parents controlled the television by the sheer force of their being my parents. And I, as an adult, am pretty sure I don't want television reduced to whatever pablum passes the most parental Nielson muster.
Anyway, tangental rant over.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

k8: I agree - especially because I have a hunch that there might be something going on in that household beyond yelling - kids don't typically act out that violently unless they see that modeled. It *can* happen - but it is rare. And the 13 year old actually really worried me. I also cried when the little girls cried that JoJo was leaving - I kept thinking that they were losing the one person who seemed to really care about them.

atalanta: Oh my god - those commercials just rubbed me the wrong way at first - but then all o a sudden, I began LOATHING them too! Just awful and annoying. If kids happen to see those shows, you talk to them about them. Teach them about the dangers of violence. At least usually on violent shows you see the consequences of violence - unlike WWE (wrestling) where the person is just fine after having been thrown off a ladder or after a woman has been made to strip off all of her clothes and bark like a dog.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't for the life of me understand why the mother didn't correct the 7 year old who proceeded to take a flying leap kick at the mother. My only guess is that the mother knew she couldn'tn beat down the kid on camera? I really think the mother has never put a hand on her children. I hate spankings but I think in that little girls situation a good hard spanking was in order.

In situations like that I think I'd pack up the child & drop her off at social services.........I say this as an adopted person. I refuse to be terrorized in my own home by a devil child.

The father was awful to the teenager with the funky hair. MOST teens go through that phase. THey don't want to be flowerly polly anna so they go to the dark side to see how far they can go. Anyway.....I hope things are well for them but somehow I doubt it.

You can't go from hell to perfection in 2 weeks.


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