EDITOR’S NOTE: As we launched our new Dispatchs from the War on Women, we asked for story suggestions. This letter from Ed Farkas was interesting. The show has been on and off the air, but the experience of watching it with a ten-year-old is provocative. What do you think?
There is a TV show called “Total Drama Island.” It is a cartoon show and may be related to so-called reality shows where a group of young adults is stranded on an island.
I was sitting with my grandson on a couple of occasions while he watched this show. This show is absolutely sick. This show teaches young people (my grandson is 10) to carry out violence against women.
After I saw portions of two episodes of this show, my wife and I issued a new rule for visits by the grandson: No TV! No games on the computer!
In the first show I saw, the cartoon characters were playing dodge ball. People were being hit in the head and face repeatedly and hard by the balls. I told my grandson that every time anyone is hit like that, he or she is likely to get a concussion. Of course he was furious with me for saying that.
Then the show continued and one of the young women was hit repeatedly in the face. Then you see her with her face all banged up, lots of black and blue, and one eye almost closed. I told my grandson that this woman has to go to the hospital immediately. Again he was furious with me, furiously defensive of this idiotic show.
Then the young woman tries to smile as she limps away on the arm of a man. The impression is given that she is supposed to be heroic and accept this beating. The impression is given that women enjoy a beating.
No one else was shown as injured, only the woman.
On the next episode, the characters dream up the idea of placing one of the women in a large box, and burying the box in the sand on the beach. For this terrifying, pointless and idiotic experiment, of course they selected a woman.
One of the men was supposed to stand near the location of burial, with a cell phone, to keep in touch with the woman who also had a cell phone.
But another man came running up and scared away the first man. In the confusion, the cell phone was tossed into the sand. There was no indication that anyone else knew about the burial or the location of the burial. At that moment, the “no TV” rule went into effect.
There have been cases where women were murdered by this method. It is insane to depict this in cartoon form for 10-year-olds. A 10-year-old could easily try this experiment tomorrow or ten years from now.
Do we still have censorship of films in theatres and on TV? This show “Total Drama Island” should be censored right off the air. The perpetrators of this show should receive some sort of punishment, and of course cutting off all funds used in carrying on this show.
I don’t know who made this show or what TV channels carry it in different parts of the country. Your organization may have the resources to research this show and find out where it comes from.
Generically we know where this show comes from: some very sick minds, minds which have no intelligence and no talent, minds which should not be in the “entertainment” industry.
So — is this a generational concern? Should the show be considered violent against women? What about the First Amendment? What do you think?
Ed Farkas is a self-employed chemical engineer. He also writes on current events: http://edfarkasjobs.blogspot.com/