Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Okay....so the last thing I thought I'd be doing on this busy Monday evening is writing this post, but I simply can not think of other things until I do this thang. It is driving me totally insane, and I just want a good nights sleep.
Some of you lovely individuals might be aware of a fun little awards show sponsored by Nickelodeon, called "the kids choice awards." It has been around since the late eighties. Traditionally it is full of fun, super stars and lots of slime. I'm not certain what age group this particular show is aimed at, but I know that they were advertising it this year on the Nick, Nick Jr, AND NOGGIN (pre-school age shows) channels. Sugar Bear saw MANY advertisements for this event, as did I. I have rarely given the Kids Choice Awards a second glance, but this year something caught my eye during one of their promotions.
First....there seemed to be some little thing about Nickelodeon continuing to honor CHRIS BROWN by allowing him to remain a nominee. Seriously....they want to honor a man who has been charged with domestic violence? Seriously? Luckily...I have found that I'm not the only one that found that a bit appalling. However, it took Chris to withdraw himself, to end that drama.
Then, as we sat unawares watching Pinky Dinky Doo.... the Sugar and I were treated to the news that we could just tune into the awards to see some great performers. Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers....and of course......the Pussycat Dolls. Ummmmm......WHO? We can't be talking about THESE Pussycat Dolls...
ummmmm I guess so.
I have to say, that I specifically tuned in to the awards show to see if they were really going to have mostly naked woman gyrating on stage for a bunch of children. Sadly.......they did. Seriously....they did. If you haven't seen it....please check it out, and see what Nickelodeon thinks is appropriate for children. If there is any doubt that it is raunchy....take the fact that I couldn't pull up this video at work due to a security check that labeled it PORNOGRAPHY!
See Video HERE!
Ummmm...let's look at some lyrics...shall we?
"I got (I got) shivers (shivers),
When you touch my face,
I'll make you hot,
Give all you got,
I'll make you wanna say (Jai Ho,,Jai Ho)
I got (I got) fever (fever),
Running like a fire,
For you I will go all the way,
I wanna take you higher (Jai Ho)
I keep it steady uh-steady,
That's how I do it (Jai Ho)
This beat is heavy, so heavy,
You gonna feel it. "
"I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true cuz what I do
No one can do it better
You can talk about me
Cuz I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh"
Pair those words with extremely sexy clothes, risque dancing (including boob grabbing), and I'm pretty sure what the message was.
Okay...so let me say, "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?"
The really sad thing is.....while searching for conversations about this totally inappropriate performance, I read many folks defending it. Their defense????? "this is the REAL world....and your kids have to learn about it sometime!!!!" and "The pussycat dolls really toned it down....it wasn't so bad!" and "The pussycat dolls aren't the only ones with suggestive lyrics!"
Are people honestly thinking that we have to just sit back and allow this hypersexualization of our young children because 'that is just the way it is!'????? We have to accept that children are getting exposed to sex earlier and earlier, as just the way of life. Do we just need to relax, and let the media turn our pre-schoolers into miniature pussycat dolls, because EVERYONE is doing it?
I am so completely enraged by this mess. I have ranted about this before, with the whole Dora thing. I know I might sound like a broken record here, but it is on my mind A LOT lately. I worry so much about the messages Sugar Bear is receiving, and it isn't as easy as just not letting her watch these shows. The children she is in contact with at daycare, and preschool may be watching these things. The children of my child's generation are being tainted with this stuff, and it WILL affect my daughter no matter how much I shield her. Just the other day, a 5 year said this to Sugar Bear. "When I'm 16, I'm going to marry a HOT GUY!" She literally, put her hand on her hip (wearing low rise jeans and a belly shirt), and tossed her long blond hair over her shoulder while saying it. I was there....I saw it..... later Sugar asked me what a 'hot guy' is. Seriously? I have to try to define a "hot guy" to my four year old?????? sigh.....
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It grows in grass and field and bower
The cheerful yellow flower
Comes after snow
At end of winter’s drear
And spread its yellow cheer.
The blooms of summer coming
Is still a far-off thought
Is seldom single
Its happiness most strong
When growing in a throng.
My life grows full and intertwined
When all around I find
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
"You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. Let out a little more string on your kite." ~Alan Cohen
"Don't ignore the small things--the kite flies because of it's tail." ~Hawaiian Proverb
“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” ~Albert Schweitzer
“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love” ~Anonymous
“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” ~Anonymous
“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.” ~Anonymous
“We all leave footprints in the sand, the question is, will we be a big heal, or a great soul.” ~Anonymous
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
“We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” ~Earl Nightingale