Monday, November 10, 2014

Before You Attack, Get Your Facts Straight

Should Christians sign a petition just because other Christians tell them to?
Did you hear that? That toy dinosaur just swore. Or did he? (Disney)
Perhaps you read the recent headlines that the Disney Channel is now allowing profanity to air on its programs specifically Doc McStuffins. McStuffins is an animated preschool show, part of Disney Jr. and the very idea that a company like Disney would allow such a thing is ludicrous. If you know anything about the show, it is has been very lucrative for the Mouse House. To allow a stunt like that like would be deathblow for the company.

On November 6th One Million Moms (OMM) posted on their website that "Doc McStuffins includes curse words and bleeps to cover up foul language during this cartoon.” They go on to say that in one episode, Stuffy the Dinosaur said "sh*tty," and was “purposely placed immediately before a sneeze which was so it was not easy to catch, but it was still there. Just this week the program also used a beep to bleep out a curse word.”
A knee jerk reaction to this news would be outrage to any parent. With this being OMM, surely they have done their research. For evidence of these offenses, the site posts two YouTube clips where the offending words were used. Ah-ha!

Then early this morning, Jennifer LeClaire, a watchdog for Charisma magazine, posted on the magazine’s daily email newsletter “Let's email Disney and let them know this is not OK.”
This must be serious stuff. The problem is, it’s not true says Snopes.com. “That episode featured a toy brontosaurus with bad breath whose exhales stinky clouds whenever he says a word beginning with the letter ‘h.’ In this particular clip, he starts to say that his situation is ‘hopeless, horrible, hideous.’ Halfway through the word ‘hideous,’ he realizes he is saying a lot of ‘h’ words and therefore exhaling stinky breath over everybody, so he stops and apologizes, saying, ‘Hopeless, horrible, hiddy ... sorry!’ In the poor quality, out-of-context YouTube clip it is easy for the viewer to mistake ‘hiddy’ for ‘sh*tty,’ but in the full context of the original episode what the brontosaurus is actually saying is obvious (and non-profane).”

The site also goes on to say, “A YouTube video was presented showing a clip of the show with a supposed profanity bleeped out. That clip was uploaded on 2 November 2014, four days before One Million Moms' petition was published. In that footage the ‘bleep’ does not appear to suggest a profane term, as it doesn't even occur over one specific word (or anywhere profanity would intuitively be used).” Watch the clips yourself and I am fairly confident that you’ll agree that OMM jumped the gun on this one.  If not, ask yourself, “What would Disney have to gain to pull such a stunt?”

Just for the record, I am not defending Disney necessarily (they are responsible for making Hannah Montana afte all!) and I do not have vendetta against OMM, (I actually agree with a lot that they stand for), but I proposing that Christians stop looking for ways to be offended of looking for demons that are not there. I find it interesting that instead of actually investigating the claims made against Disney, they just created a petition. Then, others like LeClaire, and others also didn’t look into the matter. They just jumped on the bandwagon. This is something we Christians are really good at.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and believe what they heard is what they heard. Some will no doubt think that Snopes has a hidden agenda and is siding the Disney on this one, but before you sign the petition, can you at least look a little further into the matter?


At this point, Disney has not made a statement about accusations and I won’t be surprised if they never do. Some battles are not worth fighting.