I heard the President say that on TV.
So? I watch Modern Family too. It's the funniest sitcom on television. The shows which precede and follow it - not so much. What do they all have in common? I'd say they are not good for children, for one thing. Modern Family is probably the 'straightest' show in the line up. Why? Because they play the family thing pretty straight - even with the gay dads and the adopted kid - and there is hardly any sexual innuendo or silly references to body parts, bodily functions, sexual activity, and so on. The other shows are all about that - and isn't ABC Disney? Kid's shows in prime time? See how media corrupts our kids - and you and me? We become very malleable, vulnerable, and tolerant - these characters become friends in a way. (I still feel really close to Phoebe on Friends.)
Remember when Ellen came out on her show? The parents of kids today watched that then, kids as young as Sasha watched that - and bungling Ellen won our sympathy. Remember Will and Grace? We watched that too - although alcoholic Karen was the best character on the show - with Jack, of course. Entertainment is propaganda. Archie Bunker... Maude... remember when Bea Arthur's character was trying to decide if she should get an abortion? I vaguely do. All of these shows turn the unmentionable into dinner conversation... lunch break banter... playground role-playing... parent's basement conversations between kids interested in sex... and I'm just talking about pre-pre-teen here.
Keeping up with the Joneses in the quest to be modern.
So our kids grow up generation after generation knowing more than their parents, and the parents, wanting to be cooler than their parents and better friends to their kids, end up thinking and saying it's all good, it's all cool. Fast forward to the all-star kid who was told he could be whatever he wanted to be and do whatever his heart wanted to do, and love whomever he wanted to love. The world is his and he's just fine the way he is. If he wants to explore his sexuality - fine - use protection. You know what I'm saying. This style of parenting tolerates, accepts, and permits everything - "We just want you to be happy!"
Some kids are surprised after they leave home and discover not everyone is as supportive as mums and dadums was. Their sitcom reality is not as nice or fun as they thought it would be - they are no longer the center of attention. It takes much longer to grow up these days when parents try to be kids with their kids and no longer parent. Kids who never heard no, much less constructive criticism, as well as harmless teasing, sometimes meet tragic ends.
Which is why I always say, "I blame the parents" after something senseless happens.
"Christ says of these people, that they circle the earth and the sea in order to enrich their children, and they make them children of perdition twofold more than they themselves are." [Mt. 23:15] - John of the Cross
Question: How did the Pied Piper take control of the children of Hamlin?
Answer: He captivated them through entertainment and amusements...
Ed. Note: Follow up to my Getting Naked post.