Posted 03 October 2007 - 05:25 PM
Who taught these kids to chug rootbeer with soda shots as if they were binge drinking? What adult in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to have these kids mimic out of control alcoholics with a mindless frat party at the saloon? Did they think it was freaking CUTE to see these children acting like that? I am incensed. That was absolutely reprehensible. What kind of freaking message does this send to kids and adults? I am extremely anti-pc and I think we shelter kids way too much, but this went way beyond any acceptable line. The message that the root beer was symbolic of alcohol was loud and clear and I bet I'm not the only one who was greatly offended by those scenes. I just can't see kids actually doing that, especially dropping the shots of soda water into the root beer without some kind of adult instruction. Who freaking sponsored tonight's episode, the American Liquor Association? The Brewers of America? I hope those organizations aren't real, that was sarcasm.
Speaking as someone whose family has been very negatively impacted by alcohol, again I say I am majorly offended. I don't even like to watch Big Brother when they go on their binges and will usually just read about what happened later on here, but to have kids miming that sort of behavior is despicable. I've never written to anyone at CBS before. Even when they cancelled American Gothic and Wolf Creek, both of which were original and unique and personal favorites, I never wrote them. Now I will. A network finally did something I find so reprehensible I'm writing a letter to them in protest. I know it won't do any good, but it'll make me feel better.
So, what did you all think of that scene? Please, even if you disagree vehemently, I want to hear your opinion.
Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:14 PM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:21 PM
As far as CBS airing it. I am not sure. If this was a segment on 60 minutes depicting children mimicking adult activities, nobody would say anything.
Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:49 PM
Nonetheless, it looked completely staged and more like an acting class "scene". IMO I was probably 23 before I saw anyone put a shot glass in a beer and I find it unrealistic that kids 8 - 15 would know how to do it, let alone do it.
Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:56 PM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:16 PM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 08:39 PM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 06:52 AM
Who can imagine the kids simply pretending to be pioneers based on their images from westerns...
Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:18 AM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:32 AM
It still seems like it was staged to me. As for kids mimicking being on 60 minutes, I think it might cause a problem. Yeah, not in the sense that this scene would in a show, but in the sense that it would probably be sensationalized by 60 minutes or some other news magazine to say, "Look what we are teaching our kids, is this appropriate behavior?" In that sense it would cause a stir and might be talked about. I don't know. I think it would be acceptable if it were shown on a news program to bring attention to it.
I think my major problem is that it looked and felt so staged. Being around kids a lot I don't find this type of mimicking typical, and maybe that causes a bias in addition to my own issues with alcoholism.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 01:06 PM
What I am saying, why assume? Forget how it looks. If we don't have some kind of evidence other than assumption, then we have no case.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 01:36 PM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 03:53 PM
i too thought that the whole SALOON SLAMMIN SHOT GLASS DUNKIN was all staged and i do think that they were shown by an adult what to do.
They probably said...okay whoop it up just like in the real old west......hmmmm i wonder if in their pioneer book it says anthing about pizza and microwaves?!!?? or perhaps that is what made bonanza fail!!!!
nonetheless i like the show.
I love the little jewish kid who makes up the craziest sayings ...unless again he is being coached.
I am also happy the young girl got a star as it is true its not just brute strength that makes a person successful.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 04:28 PM
I don't think they are coached as to what to say. I am confident that this kids were well screened for their ability to express themselves articulately in ways makes for great reality TV. I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them have some background training\experience in the theater arts.
Posted 05 October 2007 - 09:14 PM
They still sell them because I saw them in a store the other day. They just aren't called candy cigarettes anymore. They still look like cigarette packs though.
Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:01 AM
Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:04 PM
his family and girlfriend...so he went to the saloon to drink rootbeer to make
him feel better???? I thought what the heck???? I guess they have a saloon,
because the old west had saloons. For KN why couldn't they have made it a
soda shop with a western theme. Just wondering?
Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:07 PM
Posted 15 October 2007 - 07:57 PM
However, for these particular kids who seem younger...I'm sure they've either seen their parents or someone on tv do it.
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