Teletoon Promotes Porn

April 22, 2011

I wish I recorded this. I cannot find it online anywhere! But even still, Teletoon will understand what I am talking about, and I sent this to every teletoon email address on their site.

It’s 9:49pm Friday April 22nd 2011 and I am sitting here with 3 kids watching Futurama, on Teletoon (ch45). Viewer discretion is advised for the program so Teletoon has met their legal obligations with respect to the program. Congrats, well done. But what I have not seen is a warning with regards the Teletoon promo spots they’re running, and that’s what I’m writing about.

A moment ago when the program ended and the commercial break began, the first promo to run before the commercials subliminally instructed the viewers to watch porn online.

The viewer discretion notice mentioned above stated that viewers should be over 14 years old. It would seem that someone in their programming department is completely retarded because porn is very obviously intended for, and marketed to, people over 18. That point should be enough right there, but it gets worse.

The Teletoon promo featured an excited narrator informing and instructing viewers about the Teletoon promo – the point of which was lost on me because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at that moment. In addition to the voice there was animated text appearing and disappearing on the screen. When the narrator instructed viewers to go online the words “WATCHING PORN ONLINE” appeared in a sentence, in black text. Then the word porn was circled in red and crossed out.

As an adult I understand the potential message: “what I am saying is better than porn online, which is what you use the internet for anyways.” Or something to that effect. Or, I am completely wrong. Regardless, the text on the screen should not have appeared when the audience was expected to be at least 14 years old. In fact, considering Teletoon draws primarily youths, it should not have appeared at all.

Fortunately for me, the children who were with me did not pay any attention to it as far as I could determine. Had they noticed or asked me what that porn word was, I would be in a less than favourable situation because, how do you answer that without lying to them, yet satisfying the question to a point where they drop it right there?

No one can reason, to any intelligent person, that they honestly believe that’s the right message to display, or that they don’t think the kids are going to google that word.

We must come to the realization that there is a difference between Right and Wrong. It is obvious that society in North America has lost this understanding, and those remaining who respect it are not aggressive enough to give it traction.

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2 Comments
jezzo
June 18, 2011 @ 1:19 am

Pretty sure that teletoon at night isn’t for ‘kids’ anyways. Hence why they show the parental warning before every tv show.
And futurama isn’t exactly great to be watching with your kids to begin with due to the adult humour used. So… Nice going on your part.

June 18, 2011 @ 2:07 am

The warning is for the parent to decide whether or not to allow the content of the show to be seen, and for the parent to take the initiative and deal with the children’s reaction to what they see.

This post is not about the content of the show. The adult humour goes right over their heads at this age but what doesn’t go over their heads are new words, as described above (porn) and the social responsibility of giving viewers subliminal or direct instructions to view porn.

There is a difference between right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable, and the TV is certainly not going to be a place to differentiate between them.

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