When does the government become responsible for material produced with grants it provides? That is a hard question to answer when you think about it. I have and I will continue to be a supporter of the good work that PBS does in the area of children’s programming. I remember watching
As with most things, there is more to this then meets the eye. Sorry, I just dropped a Transformers cliché, won’t happen again. Seems that during one of Buster’s adventures he travels to gay-friendly
The new Secretary of Education states that her objection is simply a result of concerned parents not wanting their children exposed to such lifestyles as such a young age and it being paid for with public money. According to PBS’s own information, the demographic likely to be watching this show ranges from 2-10 years old. Spellings told PBS that she had serious concerns about this episode in particular because of the inclusion of a pair of lesbian parents in the storyline. As I stated, I have not seen the episode and can only go by the synopsis on the PBS website. I quote “Buster seeks a gift for Mother's Day and is helped by Emma and Lily”, seems pretty innocent huh?
I have no idea who Emma and Lily are or if they are the lesbian parents, but according to this report in USA Today, the focus of the episode is on farm life and maple sugaring. I don’t hear any mention of lesbianism or domestic partners in that description. According to WGBH’s vice president for children’s programming, Brigid Sullivan, “The series, she says, is a "direct response to a request" from the Ready to Learn program, which is administered by PBS on behalf of the Department of Education, for a show about "diversity and tolerance in modern
As someone who favors smaller government and less intrusion by said government, I quite frankly am torn in my feelings on this “issue”. Hell, I am not even sure this is an “issue”; I mean the Chicago Tribune ran the story on the 25th of January and it took USA Today 5 days to even pick up on it. At that rate, it should grace the national or local news in about a week or so since they are generally about 2 weeks behind any issue, unless of course it’s bad news for the President or about
The problem I have with this show and don’t get me wrong, I applaud their efforts to educate kids about the differences in the world and that they should accept people for what they are. But I also don’t expect to have my children educated by television, unlike too many parents now a day. It is my responsibility as a parent to teach my children to be tolerant of others even if I or they disagree with their choices or beliefs, not PBS’s and most certainly not our government. That being said, I can’t say whether or not I would let my children watch this episode of Postcards from Buster since I have not seen it.
I will say this, my concern is that children that young have no concept of sexuality and can’t gasp the idea of two mommies or two daddies. At that age, there is no reason to force such a complex subject such as human sexuality down their throats. Again it comes back to the responsibility of the parent to educate their child when the parent thinks the child is ready. Too often, these concepts are force-fed to our children before they can deal with them and either through weakness or laziness the parents do not step up and take the responsibility to protect the child and just let them be a kid without the rush to make them adults. I think the Feds need to take a step back and PBS needs to re-think their programming choices, let the kids be kids they will grow up soon enough.