Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Children’s Program Review: Powerpuff Girls

by M. J. Joachim

Disturbing, negative and pointless, Powerpuff Girls positively sends the wrong messages to our children about everything from social behavior to making choices to overcoming challenges and even developing sexual relationships. I honestly cringed most of the time I sat in my chair watching episodes of it for this review.

Hostility, calling people idiots and seeking revenge are some of the key themes in each episode I watched. Gender bias, racism and bullying seem almost to be glorified and promoted.

The premise of the show is that three powerpuff girls are given special powers to fight evil. Unfortunately, the evil is what is primarily focused on, and even the girls get sucked into it as they fight among themselves, scream, yell and treat others poorly in efforts to right what is wrong; they often say rude and uncalled for things, disrespecting themselves and others in each episode.

One of the overriding themes of the show seems to be a lack of respect for adults and authority, where kids and villains grittily express mean and nasty behaviors in all kinds of different situations. Making adults out to be stupid and unreliable also seems to be a primary theme throughout this series.

In one episode the Mayor pulls down his pants to show the girls his adult diaper, because they are fighting among themselves about which one of them wet the bed. It turns out they didn’t. The evil villain simply didn’t like them and snuck in at night to pour water in their bed. The storyline is all over the place, never making very much sense and being more than a little difficult to follow.

I can’t imagine letting children watch this show, even for entertainment purposes alone. It’s not entertaining. I personally believe it could give some kids nightmares. It also teaches them to call people idiots (and other names), become bullies and disrespect adults. It’s just not a good show at all, in my opinion and I strongly urge parents to keep their kids from watching it.

Thanks so much for visiting Effectively Human today. I’d love to read your thoughts on this and other children’s programming. Please share your views in the comments.

M. J.

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