Boycotting Nickelodeon

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I saw an article today that disturbed me concerning Chris Brown and The Kid's Choice awards. In light on the recent incident involving Chris Brown beating the crap out of his girlfriend. (See this detailed account of the event pdf/ cbrownwarrant.pdf ) you would think that they would remove him from the nominations. This is a KIDS role model awards ceremony. Kids look up to these people, hence the reason they get to choose who is up for the award. Instead Nickelodeon released the following statement

"Like all our KCA nominees Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his body of work as a performer, and the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category,"

Basically...the kids picked them so he's staying. I compare this to feeding kids dinner. You let them pick and they choose ice cream. Obviously this is an inappropriate choice for dinner so you remove that option and give more suitable options. That is your job as a parent! Or better yet as an adult. By keeping him in the nominations we are sending the message to our children that the cool, popular boys beat their girlfriends. Worse...that it is okay and you can still win awards and be praised after this sort of behavior. This is an outrage and a horrible message to our daughters and sons.

I for one will boycott this channel if something is not done. I know Lily is not old enough to appreciate the channel but someday she will be. And by then I wonder if they will get their priorities straight about the messages they send to young impressionable kids. With all the other things we have to worry about our kids getting from Hollywood like sexy clothes for young girls, getting pregnant as sixteen (Jamie Lynn?), now I have to worry about her looking up to woman beaters? I am expecting it to get worse as she gets older but channels like Nickelodeon do not make my life as a parent any easier.