Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Good night, and good luck

The "Good Night Show," a children's program on the PBS Kids network, has fired their host, Melanie Martinez. According to the show's website, Ms. Martinez "alerted" them to the "internet posting of an independent short film that she appeared in seven years ago."

Melanie Martinez on the Good Night Show
They go on to say that "the dialogue in this video is inappropriate for her role as a preschool program host and may undermine her character's credibility with our audience." Um, would that be the audience of preschoolers who will most likely never see the video?

What they're talking about is a 30-second spoof of a Public Service Announcement for a project called "Technical Virgin". In it, Melanie extols the virtues of using a vibrator as opposed to having sex with boys. (She did another video about avoiding pregnancy by preferring anal sex.)


Melanie Martinez on Technical Virgin
Well of course the dialog in the video is not appropriate in her role as host of a kids' program; that's why she didn't air the video during story time. I'm sure some of the folks at the Sprout network probably have sex on occasion, an activity not suited for young children. Perhaps they should all resign.

"...may undermine her character's credibility with our audience." May. A couple of members of that audience only a month ago deemed Melanie "a wonderful influence for children", and referred to her "helpful, delightful and happy values."

The network didn't cave in to protests from outraged parents (none of whom complained about the obscure videos they didn't see). Instead, the network preƫmptively caved in to imagined future protests from some dour puritans.

Garrett Fitzgerald's Blog has many comments on the subject here and here.

To Melanie Martinez: I'd be surprised if your phone wasn't ringing off the hook with new offers.

To the cowardly hypocrites at PBS' children's entertainment divison: grow up.

1 comment:

Kevin Boston said...

Come to think of it, it was a ridiculous firing. Think of all the incendary remarks and observations, however true they may be, that have come over the years throughout the career of comedian/philosopher George Carlin. Are you aware he was the narrator for many years on Thomas the Train? I don't know of any preschoolers now or then that would even know his name, and if they do, they don't know what he did prior to that nor do they care.