How does that old poem go? “First they came for The Simpsons”. Ok, not really, but in The Ukraine, the National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality has released a report calling for the banning of several international programs because they say that they are detrimental to the nation’s young.
Irina Medvedeva, a psychologist, is quoted in the study released by them as saying that children aged 3 to 5 “pull faces and make jokes in front of adults they don’t know, laugh out loud and repeat nonsense phrases in a brazen manner,” because of these shows. Namely, the report attacks the shows “Family Guy”, “Futurama”, “Pokemon”, “The Simpsons”, “The Teletubbies,” and “Spongebob Squarepants.” It also attacks Japanese anime.
In the United States, other than The Teletubbies, these shows are rated for children no younger than 7, and most are rated for over the age of 14. The Ukrainian commission attempted to ban The Simpsons in the past. This time they allege that Spongebob is ‘gay’; that the Teletubbies “Deliberately aims to create subnormal (men), who spend all day in front of the television with their mouths open swallowing all types of information,” and promotes the “psychology of losers”; that Shrek contains sadism; that South Park includes reincarnation propaganda, and that Japanese Anime is a “clear example of sexist propaganda.”
The study concluded with the idea that the programming is “a large-scale experiment on Ukrainian children” to “create criminals and perverts.”