Comment threads have an interesting life of their own; for instance last month I posted on Nickelodeon’s forthcoming Naked Brothers Band, and in the comments was passed along a link to this YouTube video. It’s a promo piece for the show and includes an interesting turn of events. Below is a still image from that video.
The image is precisely what it looks like: An eight-year-old boy has his face virtually nestled in a woman’s cleavage. As depicted in the video, the act is meant to be (probably) innocently-amusing, but it strikes me as being a little off — to say the least — that a “babysitter” would be made such an obvious erotic focus.
This season of South Park included an episode in which Ike, Kyle’s brother, becomes sexually involved with his schoolteacher. This is flatly impossible, of course, because Ike is in Kindergarten, but the intent of the show was to highlight the hypocrisy of a society that decries molestation of girls or boys by men, but seems to support it when the perpetrator is a woman, particularly an attractive one. (They probably also wanted to push the age down so far in order to get viewers really thinking about the idea of too young, and when they think too young is … well, too young.)
Part of the problem was that whenever Kyle tried to report the act, the men he was talking to (cops, school authorities, etc.) would ask for details, then reply with something along the lines of, “Whoah … she was doing what with him? Niiiiice…”
Kyle’s point was that whether Ike’s teacher was “hot” or not, whether the teacher was a woman or man, should make no difference. She had no business doing what she was doing.
Look at the above image again and ask yourself if you’d find it anywhere near as amusing if it was an eight-year-old girl shown practically rubbing her face against the groin of a Chippendale’s dancer … or, for that matter, if it were the same boy with said dancer.*
And ask yourself again what the hell Nickelodeon thinks it’s doing, and whether, as some respondents on the other thread have suggested, I’m unaware of what I’m talking about.
Update: A followup post on the other thread pointed to another video which features our bosom-obsessed skin-pounder asking questions such as, “Does ‘alienate’ mean ‘squeeze boobies’?” The obsessive way the boy returns to the question, coupled with the poorly-performed “wild hilarity” of the other boys in the room, makes me wonder why it is that this misogynistic sequence was scripted into the show at all.
Between the clingy focus on sex (too young) and the clear message that the only thing about women that matters is “boobies”, all I can do is hope this benighted travesty of an “entertainment” will die a very silent — and complete — death.
What’s particularly bizarre about all of this is that Nick appears intent on running this series — even though it was just fifteen years ago that Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was cancelled because a man named Paul Reubens was caught masturbating in a porno theater … and the fallout from the 2004 Super Bowl débacle is apparently of little concern to the bottom–
feeders liners at Nickelodeon HQ.
* Apart from suggesting that busty women are merely sexual playthings for boys, this scene seems to be legitimizing the idea that an eight-year-old boy can have a sexual or demi-sexual relationship with a grown woman. Does any of this seem okay?
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