Re: Making fun of Scouting??
blaine a. jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 13:08:02 PST
On Tue, 04 Feb 1997 12:52:54 -0500 Mark Dryer <email@example.com> writes:
>To all who found the current episode of King_of_the_Hill offensive,
>let me reconstruct what happened in my living room when it came on.
As a alternate point of view, the following describes my family room at
the same time:
My two sons (14 and an OA brotherhood member, and 12 and a First Class
Scout) are watching TV in my family room. I walk into the room and see
the opening of the program, "What is this?"
YOUNGER SON: Its a new show, "King of the Hill."
ME: I read about it. Its written by the same guy as Beavis and
Butthead, but the review said it is a very different type show."
OLDER SON: (As the program starts.) "They are talking about OA."
ME: "How do you think they will treat it?"
OLDER SON: "I don't know."
I sit down and watch. We all three laugh at the humor in the program.
My younger son, although not an OA member, has heard enough to
understand the references to OA. During a commercial, my older son and
I discuss whether we should use "slim jims" at the next Ordeal. We all
laugh loudly at the father's thankfulness for "clean burning propane",
and at the environmentalist's dismay that, "there are no more snipes".
We also think the secondary story about the mother's big feet is funny.
After the show, we talk briefly about it, and my older son and I continue
the discussion while running an errand. We are not sure that we like the
part about the whooping crane, but it came out alright, and it certainly
showed something about the character of some of the adults. We agree
that the writer did not treat OA badly, and could have done much worse.
One comment was, "Just think what Beavis and Butthead would do with OA!"
We also agreed that there were some good points to the story, and that a
person (maybe even a scout) could learn something from it. My son even
noticed that all of the problems and mishaps resulted in the father and
son understanding each other better.
Lastly my son told me that he agreed with what an article he had read
about the show I asked, "What was that?"
"That it would make Beavis and Butthead thow-up!"
I also agree with Mark that, "There is a fine line in satire between
being humorous and being disgusting." I do not agree, however that this
episode of the program crossed the line. If he had watched the program,
he might feel differently.
I also think that in some cases, there may be more to be gained from
allowing my sons to watch a program that crosses the line somewhat, and
then discussing with them why the program is or is not objectionable, or
why I might find it objectionable and they might not.
IMHO, scouting, as with my own children, we are preparing them for life.
We do not do that by censoring everything they are exposed to, or
attempting to shelter them from making their own decision about matters.
They will always have decisions to make, and our job is to help them
prepare for those decisions, not make all of the decisions for them, or
hide the alternatives from them.
This does not mean that I will not set limits, but I will try to make
those limits reasonable, and I will discuss my reasons for them with my
sons or scouts.
While everyone else in NW Arkansas raises chickens, I am trying to raise
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City