Saturday, December 19, 2009
Parenting War: Ban on iCarly
Read this post and other "State of the Nation" columns at DeskofBrian.com : http://deskofbrian.com/2009/12/parenting-war-ban-on-icarly/
Miranda Cosgrove has risen to fame as the younger sister on "Drake & Josh" and now her own show: "iCarly" and this show is extremely popular.
The show follows two girls and a boy who produce a regular web video program, similar to YouTube, called iCarly.The characters revel in their pseudo-Fame as an excuse for daily antics in school or their personal lives which drives a back story to the perennial webcast.
While the theme of friendship is apparent and there are efforts to send a message, there are also several incidents and language that you don't want your child emulating.
No longer in my house.
Recently, the friend, Sam (blonde) is advising Carly's brother on how to lie more efficiently. Great topic for a kid's show.
The characters on this show treat each other horribly. Is this based on how they kids behave in the real world or is it perpetuating the problem?
One episode of iCarly, Sam isn't allowed to insult Freddie all week, unless she wants to pay him $5 an insult. As soon as Sam has some money:
Sam: You smell like feet. *gives him $5*
Freddie:*smiles, takes money*
Sam: If you were a country, you'd be El Salvadork. *gives another $5*
Freddie: *still smiling, takes the money*
Sam: Have I made fun of your butt yet?
Sam: It's oddly shaped. *gives $5*
Sam: No girl will ever want you. *gives $5*
Emmy worthy yes?
Sam is constantly getting into trouble, blaming others (usually Freddie) and her rude and cruel behavior hasn't gotten the show shut off from my the television.
When you hear the seven-year-old introducing or calling each other "doof", "Bubble Butt" (nickname for one of their teachers), referencing "pimples on their butt", putting spaghetti in their pants, you can trace it back to this show.
Carly: You're in trouble.
Sam: Who has urine trouble.
Sam Puckett: Those Dingo people are dead!
Carly Shay: What are we gonna do?
Sam Puckett: We're gonna go find 'em and kick 'em in their dingoes!
Carly: [doorbell rings] There's the doorbell.
Sam: Smells like your grandad.
Sam: [turns to Freddy] You smell like garbage.
Freddy: Your butt's shaped like a ham.
Let's not ignore that great messages the show sends:
Sam Puckett: [crying] I don't like working! I don't know how people do it. It's horrible! Th-they don't let you sleep, or watch TV, or go online, and they expect you to be nice to all the customers! And I'm not even allowed to eat the chili. Do you know what it's like to be me, surrounded by giant pots of chili and not allowed to eat it?
Some stuff I found researching for this:
On the episode of iCarly when Freddy is afraid that Sam is going to "get him back", and about all the first kiss junk. When Sam was about to throw Spencer the football, I looked across the hallway at the number of Freddy's apartment, and it says 8=D.
Infamous iCarly "hobknocker" controversy, which was said on the show:
Previous Parenting War Blog Posts:
Parenting War: Friends with Benefits (Astro Boy follow-up)
Parenting War: Astro Boy & that Socialism is the "new cool"
Parenting War: Sims 3 & inappropriate incidents on TV