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Friday, December 22, 2023 

NY Times attacks animated Chip Chilla program for being pro-parental, but likely has no issue with CoComelon Lane

The Daily Wire reports the awful New York Times attacked an animated program produced by the Bentkey brand overseen by Jeremy Boering because it has the courage to depict a father figure positively:
Many people on social media reacted with praise for Bentkey’s top kids show “Chip Chilla” Tuesday after The New York Times published a piece targeting the series for depicting a “weirdly present” father.

In the Times piece published on Monday, writer Amanda Hess criticized portrayals of the fathers in “Chip Chilla” and the popular Australian series “Bluey” as “fantasy” because they are active and engaged with their children. The NYT writer also suggested that the dad in “Chip Chilla” is the worst offender of the two because he teaches “lessons about dead white people.”

“Remember, folks, Bentkey’s #ChipChilla is Extremely Problematic™ because it teaches kids about “dead white people” like, you know, many of the greatest heroes of all time,” Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro posted on X. “Also, it is now Extremely Patriarchal™ for Dad to be involved with educating the kids, per the NYT’s latest critique of #ChipChilla. Better to trans them, obviously.”

[...] After the NYT piece was published, Daily Wire co-founder Jeremy Boreing responded, writing, “Chip Chilla is the most popular show on our new Bentkey platform, and Bluey is the most popular children’s show period,” Boreing added. “It’s no coincidence that two shows that feature loving and engaged nuclear families with great values who actually enjoy being together are so popular.”

He went on to note how it’s “no coincidence” that the “cultural gatekeepers” at the Times are targeting these particular programs.

“The left not only wants to add its radical agenda to kids entertainment, they want to remove good values from kids entertainment,”
Boreing said.
The part about "dead white people" sounds disgustingly crude, serving as another example of how the NYT is a truly awful paper, descending into language that's nothing short of vulgar. Newsbusters also looked at what the awful mainstream press are doing, and says:
This isn’t the first time the liberal media and some on the left have gone after Bluey. In 2021, an ABC journalist went after the Australian children’s show for the ‘lack of diversity.’

[...]Many in the liberal media have made it a habit to go after anything that promotes family values while cheering on questionable content for children, such as the Blues Clues episode that featured a drag queen 'pride parade' sing-along.
While the NYT's latest, virtually obsessive attack on positive roles about fatherhood is appalling, even more disturbing is how the writers of another animated program, CoComelon Lane, broadcast on the one and only Netflix, is normalizing cross-dressing, as told at Breitbart:
Netflix is facing a strident backlash for a scene in the latest episode of its children’s show CoComelon Lane showing a crossdressing boy dancing in a tutu critics called “just evil.”

CoComelon Lane is one of Netflix’ most popular children’s shows and is a top series in the U.S., U.K., Philippines, Canada, and South Africa, according to Fox News.

The original production is aimed at preschool children.

In episode eight of Season 1, titled, Nina’s Three-Legged Race / Say Cheese Nico / Nina Shares a Treat, which was released in November, a boy named Nico debates what to wear for his family photo.

As Breitbart News reported, both of the dads in the scene sing, “Something that we know about you, you love to get up and dance.” Then, Nico changed into a tutu and crown and began to dance. One of the dads sang to Nico: “If you’re not sure what to choose, think about all the things you like to do. Just be you.” [...]

Once the scene was made public a torrent of criticism flooded social media, with some calling for a Netflix boycott.
Well if anybody with common sense wants to boycott Netflix, it better be for real this time, recalling they did cause offense a few years ago when they broadcast a cartoon called Hoops, and a live action European movie called Cuties, which sexualized underaged girls. And this new cartoon is big in the South Africa republic? Wow, this is a country that's now degenerating into terrible antisemitism, and one could wonder if it's just like them to consider something as ghastly as CoComelon Lane throughly appropriate by contrast.

The Daily Wire says Matt Walsh and Ben Shapiro believe this was very deliberate on the part of the show's producers:
The internet has exploded with commentary about one scene in the show CoComelon Lane, which is a spinoff of the popular animated series CoComelon. The episode in question features two fathers fawning over a little boy dancing around in a tutu and tiara.

Daily Wire podcast host Matt Walsh addressed the episode on his Wednesday show. “Another popular children’s program has decided to go all-in on Left-wing indoctrination,” he began.

“The clip circulating on social media today is from episode 8 of the show’s recently released first season. In the clip, we see a young boy — a character named Nico — dancing around in a dress and a tiara while his two gay dads look on approvingly. It’s so on-the-nose that you’d be forgiven for assuming that it must be a parody. But it is not. Not intentionally, anyway,” Walsh continued.

Walsh went on to mention how all iterations of CoComelon should be banned because they are “annoying and obnoxious.”

“Bad music, bad voice acting, very bad, lifeless, ugly animation. The whole show looks and sounds like something that was generated in 12 seconds by AI,”
the podcast host continued. But putting all those complaints aside, the more concerning aspects of this episode are the blatant attempts to force radical gender theory on toddlers,” he said.
Noticing it's the kind of cartoon that's 3D, it practically gives the whole technology a bad name. I'm not sure, but it does seem at times like the USA animation industry's put way too many eggs into the 3D basket, and here, they're spilling over and breaking pretty bad, leaving a whole trail of messy egg yolk all over the place. But the creators of this indoctrination aren't the only problem. There's also the other side of the road to ponder, as Shapiro did:
“I mean, this is the kind of crap that many people are allowing their kids to watch,” Shapiro said. “It is confusing to them. It is indoctrinating them into a particular leftist point of view about human relationships and gender and sex and all the rest to very small children. You don’t need this.”
A fully vital point. Why do parents have to rely on TV as a babysitter? Why, even comics from a modern perspective can't all be trusted as a good pastime for children, when you consider there's indoctrination and political posturing occurring in the mainstream pamphlets as well. It could do a lot of good if parents would just spend more time with their children, and not raise them on TV and video games at all. Why don't more agree to take that challenge?

Even before this latest controversy, Breitbart reveals CoComelon Lane already had divisive content, and even here, there's something additionally troubling besides the cartoon itself:
Long before the crossdressing child controversy, CoComelon came under fire from concerned parents who believe the popular animated show is having deleterious effects on their kids — including developmental delays, addictive behavior, and even autism.

[...] But this isn’t the first time the CoComelon brand has come under fire.

Earlier this year, a parental groundswell rose up against the show, with parents claiming their children were experiencing behavioral problems, including anger issues, ADHD, autism, and speech delays, according to a Newsweek report.

Parents took to TikTok to express their concerns with the show, using the hashtag #cocomelonisbad to spread the word.

Among the accusations were claims of addictive behaviors in their children, followed by tantrums when they attempted to wean them off the cartoon, according to the report. Others blamed CoComelon for speech delays, missed milestones, and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD and autism.

One mother told the outlet that her kids became “like zombies, almost mesmerized” when viewing the show.

“I knew it was affecting him because he would be in a daze while watching it,”
another parent told Newsweek. “You could be waving your hand right in front of his face and he wouldn’t move. It was almost scary.”

One commenter described the show as “baby cocaine,” saying that the cartoon can lead to “very real symptoms of addiction and withdrawal.”
While this is appalling indeed, I also thought it was appalling any and all concerned would turn to TikTok for discussing this issue. Don't they know the Chinese-owned social network has been practically serving as a breeding ground for propaganda like this, and worse? They may not be paying money for using the service like Netflix charges, but what's similar is the propping-up of a business that's pushing propaganda that ends up hurting society. So depending how you view this, what good is it to make use of a social network that's wound up enabling bad influences?

Anyway, good on Boering and Shapiro for their development of better alternatives to what passes for children's entertainment these days. But parental responsibility obviously plays an important role here too, and one would think more of the public would be wary enough at this point of Netflix and even TikTok to know why they shouldn't allow their children anywhere near such horrid businesses and their output. Addiction to programs like CoComelon Lane aren't new, but if that's what happens, of course it's disturbing as it's devastating, when children become that obsessed to no end with them. Once parents start to wean their children off of these propaganda products - or better still, stop investing in TV and video games as a way to entertain them, then we'll be getting somewhere.

And while reading books and comics can be a better way to entertain children, even there, some responsibility is needed, to make sure what's available isn't just as bad as the aforementioned Netflix cartoons.

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