I never watch it myself, but I am sure he is right.
As far as I can tell, which isn’t very far, all children’s television is now policed by committees of single-parent lesbians, nursery assistants, social workers, outreach-policy face communicators and possibly Esther Rantzen.
Everything is made to inculcate simple, short messages about honesty, kindness, inclusivity, cosiness and sensible eating of organic, unprocessed food. The fun is merely there as a coating for the message; the entertainment quality is pretty remedial ...
Kids’ TV now isn’t about good and evil, it’s about constructing the image of a world where there is no evil at all, no sharp edges, nothing but cute lessons without blame, a bland conformity and lots of hugs. And what children learn, I suspect, is nothing at all.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
A.A. Gill on children's television
From a recent column of Gill's: