The human global population just hit seven billion and is still growing. During the last several years a number of TV shows seem to celebrate overpopulation by focusing on the entertaining and sentimental aspects of very large family life, but ignore the real consequences of overpopulation.
19 Kids and Counting
Depicts conservative parents in Arkansas with 19 children, who actually have had two newborns since the show began three years ago. The mother has said, “We would love more! I’m 43, almost 44 this September. I know that my mommy years are probably numbered, and I don’t know how many more children God will see fit to give me. It is something we’ve been praying about because we do love children.”
The parent’s apparent lack of environmental awareness is shocking, but is the show’s attitude towards very large family’s irresponsible? It appears to be considering how many orphans there are in the world who need to be adopted, and the fact one of the best things for the environment is to restrict family size to replacement level – just two children. As fundamentalist Christians perhaps the parents don’t accept climate change as a global and human-made problem.
Me and My 14 Kids
‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman had 14 children and a TV show to boot. Apparently the show didn’t last long, but why would a woman want to have 14 children?
Table for 12
This family has ten children, including 4-year-old sextuplets. There were four children before the sextuplets, and isn’t four more than enough?
Jon and Kate Plus 8
This program was one of the more popular reality TV shows focused on families. Kate Gosselin worked as a nurse in a labor and delivery hospital department at one point before being on television. During the filming of their family reality program there was some concern expressed from critics over the happiness and health of the children.
9 by Design
They ‘only’ have seven children, but are open to having more.
One could also argue some audience members might be completely turned off to having a family after seeing these programs, but generally the shows seemed to present very large families as being acceptable or even fun. Do you find these programs mainly harmless, or negligent in not informing mass audiences about habitat loss and animal extinctions, resulting from the growing billions of humans?
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