Protecting little eyes and ears
Posted on Monday, August 26th 2013 at 09:40 am
The news channels and the social media are abuzz with the story about Miley Cyrus' coming out party on the MTV music awards last night. This was her attempt to make the cross over from Hannah Montana (children's show) to an "adult" star. Her salacious performance was troubling even to the entertainment reporter and CNN anchor that covered the story this morning. While she was doing her "adult" routine the camera panned to Will Smith and his children. The look of shock and disappointment on the kids' faces spoke volumes. The reporter made a comment that MTV likes to push the envelope, but, she questioned whether this fit the TV 14 (appropriate for 14 year olds or over) rating. Carol Costello (the anchor woman) said we are used to seeing adults do this sort of thing but the image of Hannah Montana was too much. That defines the problem.
Why are we used to adults doing this sort of thing? And whether it is a child star desperate to rekindle her career or Lady Gaga we should realize that kids are being affected by what they see and hear. We are allowing the entertainment industry to steal the innocence of our children and poison their minds with what they see and hear unfiltered through the TV, radio and movies.
Tipper Gore formed the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985 to try to reign in the entertainment industry and give parents the tools to protect their children. They were effective in getting "parental advisory" stickers on music labels. It is a shame that when her husband Al was running for President she left the group probably because the entertainment industries support is critical for a democrat to win.
Perhaps this Miley Cyrus moment will give pause to parents that we need to stand up against Entertainment Industrial Complex and protect our children and grandchildren from their mind pollution. Beyond our families we also have a responsibility to change the culture and to protect those children who are fatherless or without parental protection (James 1 tells us to watch after the widows and orphans).
There used to be a song we sang when we were kids "Be careful little eyes what you see". The song admonishes children to be careful of what they see, hear or what their hands do. That song illustrates how what kids see and hear influences what their hands do. It is time for adults to stand up and protect the little eyes and ears of little ones and guard their hearts and minds.