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Why I Can’t Seem To Grasp My Favorite Childhood TV Characters Grown Up (Raven’s Home Reboot, Following Fuller House and Girl Meets World)

23 Jul

Hello ya’ll!

So, recently I was one of the nostalgic adults who tuned in July 21st to watch the premiere of That’s So Raven‘s reboot now called Raven’s Home.

That’s So Raven was a comedy sitcom, possibly Disney’s first, made officially by the channel, about a teenage psychic who often sees something happening in the future and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to stop the vision from coming true or to help a good vision come true. This obviously left room for a lot of humor, gags, and delightful slapstick. The three lead characters, Raven, Chelsea, and Eddie, really brought the show to life. They all had excellent comedic timing, great chemistry, and plenty of great actors to back the characters up, which helped to make this “kid’s show” into something for the whole family.

But there is something extra special about watching the show through the eyes of an on-screen teenager. Teenagers are not too young, but they aren’t too old either. They are usually free agents with their whole life ahead of them. They don’t have kids, so they can be as independent and fun as they like. At the same time, they aren’t so young they lose touch with adult issues. And yet, it’s fun to watch them live for the moment.

Even as adults, we long for the days of our youth, when life was simpler. It has been great to return to old re-runs of That’s So Raven on Disney Rewind just to re-experience that magic. It’s great to go back to a time when there were no smart phones, and fidget spinners, and when we had those flamboyant sparkly clothes and feathery jackets.

And, for me, that really doesn’t seem too long ago. For me, I’m still the teen I was 10 years ago. I can’t imagine even being an adult…And yet, I am. I have adult problems and issues now. I worry about my future. I worry about getting older and sicker. I no longer have that confidence in my youth.

Yet, in some ways I’m more confident and more successful and happier, too. It’s weird.

Sure, I’m still in my late 20s. But I’m not getting any younger. My friends are married with kids. They no longer can enjoy the same fun pastimes we used to enjoy as teens, like Laser Tag, ice skating, and horseback riding (though I still enjoy all immensely). We all have bills to pay and homes to pay for. It’s just not the same.

Of course, there are some perks to being an adult. Sure. But whenever we wanted to return to the past, shows like That’s So Raven was there.

Now, with the reboot Raven’s Home, Raven Baxter, the wacky psychic teen we grew to love, is older and is now a MOM. Wrapping my mind around this has been challenging, I must admit. The teen that used to make fun of her parents for being embarrassing, the teen that used to trick her parents or try to get out of sticky situations regarding her parents, is now that parent.

She now has two twin children, one of which is also psychic. So, she isn’t the focus anymore.

Trust me, I knew what I was getting into when I watched this show. But I didn’t realize how much it would hit me until the episode ended into the credits.

I’m old.

This is probably how many fans felt after watching Girl Meets World. I didn’t truly understand because Boy Meets World was popular even after the teens went off to college and even after Cory proposed to Tapanga back then. I was still pretty young during that episode. Fuller House may have had the same effect on fans. To us, 10 years or 20 years was not that long ago, but with many kids reminding us that they’ve never heard of these shows, we begin to think, “Am I really that old?” And now our favorite characters are parents, too? And trying to appeal to kids that know nothing of their greatness?

Girl Meets World

I think the shock for our generation (or for me rather) is because maybe we feel like we’ve grown up too fast. Our time seems to have sped even faster than our parents’ time. We’re also mostly at a standstill, still struggling to build careers, and not really settled financially, physically, politically, and socially (according to some experts).  We’re just not following the “rites of passage” to the letter like former generations. Even the two lead actresses, Raven and Anneliese van der Pol, don’t really have a family with kids and seem like real-life bachelorettes, even though they are in their 30s.

I think the two are playing really empowering roles as two single moms raising their kids on their own. I admire that aspect. They are bringing new kids along to help them navigate this new generation. We, as adults, are also navigating in this new generation’s world. These kids were born in the 2000s. We were not.

And yet, we just can’t see ourselves as adults because we kind of grew up in the Y2K era too.

I think what makes Raven’s Home particularly hitting is that the original show was even newer than Boy Meets World and Full House. It just ended in 2007, near the end of the last decade. Anything “2000s” doesn’t sound old. Hannah Montana and High School Musical had come out before the end of That’s So Raven (and we know how iconic those still are). The generation that followed That’s So Raven aren’t just in their 20s and early 30s. Some of the demographic is in their TEENS. My younger cousins were 6 and 7 years old watching That’s So Raven. Now, they are 16 and 17 watching Raven’s Home, and they’re just like, “She’s a mom now?”

Even though Raven was always older than my cousins were back then, she was still pretty young and really cool to a kid who admires their teenage older sisters and cousins. She wasn’t a mom. That generation is still looking for that youth in Raven, for someone who is figuring out their life as maybe a young college student or as a free bachelor seeking to live a glamorous life (like what we have seen with Sex and the City or Friends, only in a kid-friendlier version). The glam factor goes out the window when our favorite characters become parents themselves. I don’t know why that’s so. Maybe because we don’t like glamorizing parenthood to young impressionable children, I don’t know. Maybe because it’s less sexy. Maybe because kids don’t want to think about having kids. I can think of hundreds of reasons why people prefer single and childless characters to those bogged down with a family, even if none of the reasons are rational. It’s just not appealing to watch the parent and everyone falls more in love with the kids (if these kids can act and charm a crowd).

Even Spider-Man got more praise when they brought his character back to high school in the newest Homecoming Warrior. And it seems Spider Man has always been more popular as a teen than he was depicted as an adult.

The adult characters that do make it into shows or cinema are usually more popular when they are single without a family. Possibly because this helps to give the effect to the audience that the characters need to grow, learn, and experience throughout this show or movie, which creates all kinds of story-telling and fantasies for fans. But none of it actually is final, and that’s what makes it great.

With Raven’s Home, with her having her family, it almost seems like her life as a teenage psychic, that chapter, is over. And that’s what makes me so sad about it all.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the kids in the show. Chelsea’s “son” Levi (played by Jason Maybaum) is a showstopper. He’s cute and can manage to land excellent comedic timing. But am I alone in wishing there had been no kids? When I thought of a “reboot”, I thought of them being older, but maybe the focus. I also didn’t imagine these children as really theirs. Maybe they were kids who lived in the building and came to cause mischief (like Cory, Stanley, and Devon’s sister have done in the original show). But theirs? I wasn’t ready.

Then there’s the problem with “modern acting”. The era of the child star, where movies used to set a high standard for what a good little actor was, has gotten more lenient. These kids just don’t have the same star factor as kids from the 1980s and 1990s (though it made those kids’ lives miserable).

And so, I’ve come to realize that I don’t really like reboots like this. I do often long for the old days, but the actual “old days”. Not reboots, not remakes, and not spin-offs. I like shows better as re-runs. There are some reboots that have done really well, especially in the cinema area. But on TV, I haven’t seen many great reboots.

Raven’s Home actually was the best I’ve ever seen. It’s actually funny and I want to see how it goes in the future.

I was not as impressed with Girl Meets World. The characters we watched the show for brought little to the show besides some throwbacks here and there. And I was less interested in their daughter and her more cliche teen story. Most of her drama dealt with relationships, which was just corny. I know it was Disney doing it this time, but it shouldn’t have been done.

After seeing these reboots, I think I’ll pass on asking for reboots in the future. Some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, and they don’t care in what fashion.

But here’s some reasons why I can’t grasp this concept, the concept that makes our favorite characters grown up with kids:

It’s Different

It’s not just different in the sense that it’s a different show. When reboots happen, certain characters are replaced by new actors (which I heard is happening to Orlando Brown’s character Eddie), characters are omitted, and new characters are added. The theme song changes (sometimes to a less likable one because the popular styles have changed). The demographic shift changes the tone of the show. And the overall product is usually quite the opposite of what fans really wanted when they asked for a reboot in the first place.

This “difference” can make or break the show. Most times, the show is broken by the shift in focus. When people fall in love with a show, they just don’t fall in love with some characters and the concept of the show. Everyone on that set worked to make that show a success. Everyone from that show brought a different flavor. Without even one of those key characters, a reboot can feel stale or empty. It just doesn’t have the same fire. It’s even worse when the original MAIN character is no longer the main.

Sure, we know some people will make an appearance. But we know that those appearances will be temporary mostly, not key. If the characters were single without a family, we could kind of see them attaching to new people as well as adding older people, which could help the characters grow as if they are still the same people they were 10 years ago, still navigating life and trying to find themseles. We could even see a more adult show, a show that connects to the demographic that will mostly appreciate the reboot. We would actually have gotten a continuation.

But with a reboot comes a new focus, like in Raven’s Home‘s case. They basically have a new lead character (though we know Raven is the real character driving the story home). The child is the focus and is the one supposed to be bringing the humor to the new audience. But the younger child doesn’t have the same star power, and that’s what makes this concept weaker than the original. They’re going to have a lot to live up to. Stories about kids are also not as appealing as stories about teens.

But using having the kids play as a focus kind of works in Raven’s Home‘s favor because then we get to see how the psychic gene works. We get to see how a child could inherit these abilities. Still, it’s just weird to see Raven walking around with babies. Raven and Chelsea in the show haven’t changed personality-wise, and they just seem like they would be better as big sisters than mommies. But maybe that’s a new approach? I don’t know. I’m skeptical.

Nickelodeon is doing right by Hey Arnold! by continuing his story this fall with the long anticipated Jungle Movie. Most of the old cast is back, key characters are back, and the story is borrowing inspiration from the past. It’s the perfect way to go about bringing old characters. The designs have only slightly changed, but not really. I wish Powerpuff Girls had come afterwards so they could learn how a reboot should be done. I hope the Rugrats reboot brings the same old characters back and doesn’t try to grow them up again.

Reboots can completely change everything. And that’s just not what I want or what I’m ready for. I just don’t like when something is fixed without being broken to begin with. I want the original. Bringing in a new focus means bringing in a different story and show, not the show I loved.

The one thing that makes me happy about Raven’s Home is that the lead character is a boy. When was the last time Disney Channel had a male lead character? Even Stevens? Phil of the Future? The Suite Life of Zack and Cody? Disney XD has kind of taken over for the boys, but Disney Channel is the oldest and has the strongest fanbase. It’s about time.

I know a lot of people will say “Well, Disney is trying to bring this to a new audience. That’s why they brought kids along”. Of course, that’s true. But they didn’t have to make Raven and Chelsea moms to do that, and they didn’t have to make them “B-story” characters either.

Look at the success of Jessie starring Debbie Ryan. She was the lead character, not the kids. She played an adult nanny. And it turned out successful. I don’t think shifting the focus on Raven and Chelsea would’ve made this show any less interesting to kids. In fact, I think more people would find it interesting.

There are people who claim Girl Meets World didn’t hit it off with the primary demographic because “kids aren’t familiar with Boy Meets World“. I’d say the real issue is that there wasn’t enough focus on the people we learned to love in Boy Meets World, the people who really brought the comedy, fun, and depth. And when they did show up, they were corny, overly involved in their daughter’s life and didn’t seem to have lives of their own. And their daughter’s life wasn’t as interesting as theirs in their own series. Her trials were, quite frankly, stupid and over dramatic. There were hardly any funny moments either.

Sabrina Carpenter’s character Maya would’ve made a more interesting offspring than Rowan Blanchard’s character Riley (Cory’s daughter). But I guess with a now-preachy father like Corey and a corporate mom like Tapanga, Riley was the best they could come up with out of the union.

Sure, Boy Meets World had teachable moments, but ’90s comedies knew how to balance that with comedy well. Properly, shows back then touched on sex, violence, gangs, drugs, and peer pressure. Girl Meets World mostly touched on shallow cliche tween subjects like boyfriend issues and finding your own individuality. Then it had no “realism” about it. Sure, Boy Meets World had some out-of-the-box parts, but there was a slice of realism and life about it.

Throughout the reboot, classrooms were interrupted with Riley’s personal life. Everything was forced to teach her lessons, she didn’t gather her lessons from “real” classroom lessons or real life, like Cory did in the original. And unlike Mr. Feeney, Cory couldn’t seem to tell the difference between his classroom and his house. He showed so much favoritism to his daughter and her friends in the classroom, I’m surprised none of the other students reported him. Her father would literally change his classroom subjects to surround the topics on her. I understand this is her world, but it made the show really unrealistic, especially in comparison to the original. Scenes changed awkwardly and each story was just over-the-top for little reasons. This show had moral lessons, but for things that weren’t really deep at the core.

Cory and his wife Tapanga were once dorky and likable kids in the original show. Riley and her lover Luke, on the other hand, are perfect and popular. They are one-dimensional in comparison. And this is because they had a good foundation with the already fleshed out characters from Boy Meets World. How complex could their lives be? We didn’t really need Riley’s perspective at all.

Fuller House is better because Full House never gave us the illusion that the show centered on kids and teens. It centered on the family. This show is more like a continuation than a reboot. The show always focused on adults and we’ve watched the Tanner kids grow up into adults throughout the original.

The good part about the show is some of the key characters are still the key characters, if not more important than they were originally. The kids are now the main characters, but their father and uncles are pretty important, too.

Still, all the characters we felt were cool kids back in the day are now lame adults, and there are new less memorable kids to replace them. I feel bad for the new kids.

Different isn’t always bad. But in the case of a reboot, many times it just feels so different, it doesn’t feel as good.

So far, Raven’s Home brings enough comedy to keep my attention for awhile. Hopefully, it maintains the same level of humor as That’s So Raven. Still, it just feels different.

The Actors Have Changed

And I don’t mean changed as in they switched actors for a role. I mean the actors themselves usually have changed by the time of a reboot. Some haven’t been acting in years, which makes things a little hard for them and also makes it noticeable to the audience.

Actors who have had other acting experiences or other life experiences end up changing their character’s aura, which can always bring depth to a character but can also make the character seem like a stranger to the audience. Especially when that character is now nothing like expected or isn’t as likable as they once were.

With re-runs, the fun never dies. With reboots, sometimes we are left saying, “They’ve really let themselves go” or “Were they really this annoying?”. Public opinion of actors can tarnish their reputation and color people’s perceptions of a show, too.

Because of all that, many reboots are destined to fail at some point.

However, I see a lot of promise with Raven’s Home. Both Raven and Anneliese have become seasoned as actors over the years, which actually helps them get back into the swing of things naturally. This is more than I can say about Boy Meets World‘s Ben Savage.

We Feel Old

I believe I mentioned this before, right? Yes, because it keeps circling in my mind over and over again.

When a show makes a reboot years after the original, we are often seeing the adaption of newer technology, newer slang, and older (sometimes older-looking) characters. I mean Raven and Chelsea in Raven’s Home are sporting “old lady” clothes, not the at-the-time fashionable, trendy, and flamboyant styles they once did. That makes us feel old, which makes us feel lame, stiff, and irrelevant. For some reason, we have been taught that being older means we’ve expired, and it’s not a good feeling to find your favorite childhood show suddenly verifying that. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I watch television to get away from the stresses of the world. I think I just realized Disney Channel is just no longer for me. But that’s exactly what makes me worry about Raven’s Home.

Watching re-runs doesn’t give me the same feeling of being “old” for some reason. It just feels like I’m young again.

My favorite book series as a kid, The Babysitters Club, is still really awesome. It’s not just because it’s about a group of kids starting a business. It’s also cool because it came out of the 1980s and 1990s. When I read it, my era comes alive again and my generation is relevant to me again.

Watching the New Edition biopic gave me that feeling. It made me think, “Yea, that was awesome. Our generation was cool. We still got it.”

Reboots with the main characters as parents and their kids set up as the main characters give me the feeling that our time has passed, that a new generation is taking over our lives, and that our chapter is closing before we’ve even established ourselves. It’s a somber thought, but one that I had when watching these reboots.

What We Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Us

At the end of our favorite show, there’s normally a solid wrap up that let’s us know the journey has come to an end. Sure, there may be some unresolved conflicts or hanging relationships, but anything else is left up to the imagination or left hanging in the air.

Fantasies about the future of the characters can be a lot of fun, but fantasies are fantasies. Only we personally can enjoy them fully.

We can imagine that Raven Baxter has a happy marriage with her handsome boyfriend Devon. We can imagine her becoming a fashion icon, famous and fierce. Or we can imagine that fleeting relationship between Raven and Eddie getting off the ground. Whatever we imagine, at the end of That’s So Raven, the sky was the limit. Ironically, in a show about the future, That’s So Raven left the future possibilities endless. There is a certain amount of joy and excitement when there is a little mystery. This mystery might have still been there if her life still hadn’t been quite “there”, even with her being older now.

But with a family, a job, and a new start from her old relationship, Raven Baxter seems to have achieved what most in her generation actually haven’t achieved. And that means she seems to have her life set. This means, as a character, she no longer has anything to aspire to. She doesn’t seem to have any goals or dreams beyond living for her kids and reaching back in the past for things she’s lost. This is where she disconnects from the audience and becomes something we not only can’t relate to anymore, but also something we actually fear. Our generation actually has an issue with following the rites of passage (particularly when it comes to marriage and kids). There are dozens of articles showing that this generation just isn’t living like Raven on television. And of course, it’s TV, it’s not real. But That’s So Raven was just more relatable to us at the time it arrived on the scene. Even Raven Symone herself said she’s “learning to be a mom” with this show because, again, even she doesn’t have kids.

In the show, Raven Baxter might develop some long-forgotten dreams she’s had, but they will have to yield to her new role as a mom. That’s just not the same.

While we’re also peering into Raven’s new life, there are some dreams or fantasies that have already become crushed and will continue to be crushed. Any imagination we may have had about the characters have been written for us. And that’s just not as fun as leaving the end to the imagination.

Anyway, overall, I did enjoy Raven’s Home for what it was, just as I had the other reboots, but I’m just hoping it can continue to capture its audience’s attention, despite the shift in focus from Raven to her kids mostly, and despite the fact that it just isn’t That’s So Raven.

Raven Symone herself is just phenomenal in her role! She just merges so naturally with her character! Nothing feels awkward and forced! Anneliese is the same! On set and off-set during interviews, they’ve continued to entertain me. I do look forward to seeing more of them.

I just know eventually this show has to become an independent property.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Did you enjoy the show? Were there things you didn’t like as much? Did you get the same feelings I got? Let me know!

 

 

Disney Has Lost Touch with the Male Audience, No Male Princes

24 Mar

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Disney has released the movie Frozen not too long ago, and though the movie was better than anything they’ve released in a long time (with one great musical number, and a twisted new story line, with a few plot holes), it still is missing several things. One of those things is its ability to relate to a male audience.

Over the past few years, Disney has failed to relate to their male audience. We’ve had several movies geared to women (The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Brave), and few movies geared to males. The last movie Disney ever had geared to boys was Wreck it Ralph and that was also made by Pixar. Disney really hasn’t had a musical with the male as the lead since Hercules.

And okay, I’m not just talking about having male heroes as main characters. Even the female characters fail to relate to boys. Mulan was the last (and really, only) female heroine that related to both men and women.

With all of this emphasis on female heroines, it leaves the male audience disconnected from Disney, labeling it as something feminine and “just for girls”. This isn’t really the first time it has been like this. Look at this old trailer for Alice in Wonderland, and we see that Disney began that way.

And since when has Disney ever had a male Prince as the lead character? Talk about sexism and unfair treatment!

And Disney has done it again. Once again, look at Frozen. Disney’s lead characters in Frozen were considered icons of “feminism” (though not really, Is Frozen a feminist movie?), rather than relating to boys. Mulan had that strong, brave, with-a-little-clumsiness type of personality (which relates to girls), but Mulan had the same experiences men in war have had, the same desire to bring honor to her father and her family, and hardly any “pretty-ful” dresses. She had substance and depth, not merchandising gimmicks.

To add, the few lead male characters in Frozen were forgettable and one-dimensional.

So I ask, why has Disney disconnected from it’s male audiences? The last good movies of the 1990’s have had male leads, so it couldn’t be because movies with males don’t sell very well (box office sales were at their best then). Maybe it’s because they’ve had too many movies with males taking over the box office…(?)

But as I said, from the start, Disney has had a hard time catering to males. This needs to change. Once it does, Disney will really grab the audience’s attention, much like they did with movies in the 1990’s.

Frozen is popular now, but I don’t see it being a timeless classic, like the Lion King, Mulan, Tarzan, Hercules, or Beauty and the Beast. This is because Disney is so focused on imitating the crude humor of Dreamworks. The difference is they want to cater it exclusively to a female audience.

The Disney Channel also seems to be infested with tween girls. It’s so bad, they had to make a completely SEPARATE channel for boys (Disney XD) instead of just merging the two, and gaining both audiences…What’s the deal, Disney? This is exactly why boys can’t take Disney seriously nowadays and would rather watch Dreamworks movies.

Just something that’s been bothering me lately…

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about Disney’s “attack of the females”…

Also, mosey on over to: Is Frozen a feminist movie or a sexist one?

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Watch the Goofy Movie Come Alive!

13 Mar

Want to see the Goofy Movie come alive? Watch these youngsters pull off their own epic interpretation on Youtube!

Fame, Entertainment Media, and Children: The Connection?

17 Sep

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Children are people who range between the ages of 1 to 17. This is the age most influenced by entertainment. They are also more influential when it comes to entertainment too. The largest consumer demographic consists of children. Those of school age rely on television, music, and fashion to express themselves, and at the same time, rely on it to tell them about the world, as well as provide answers as to how to fit in their social groups. Businesses are quite aware of the power of children. Many famous stars today rose to fame by supporting children’s networks, programs, and other entertainment outlets. If most celebrities were to observe their large following, they would see that the vast majority of fans range from tween to teen.

Children today are exposed to entertainment now more than they’ve ever been. With technology, and internet access, children can find any entertainment they want-as well, as influence what’s trendy and popular today. Blogging and voting polls give children the power to use their “voice” to influence what’s trendy and what’s not. Networks are even airing Kids and Teens Choice Awards because the voice of teens are so powerful today.

The VMAs 2013 were obviously heavily influenced by kids. For over half the nominees, many of them were Disney Channel stars. To add, I could have sworn One Direction was nominated for almost every section…many of those supporting them being from the tween audience.

With children being so exposed to entertainment today, it’s easy to see how it can take over a mind as vulnerable as a child’s. Messages sent through these mediums shape a child’s life. At the same time, entertainment can tell us a lot about children’s mind-set today, as entertainment is really a reflection of the minds of the children and what’s cool to them, right?

Well, as I flip through children’s channels, purchase toys, and read children’s books, I notice that one theme is particularly strong among youth today: Fame. Particularly vulnerable to this are girls.

What is Entertainment Encouraging Our Children to Do?

Disney Channel, a children’s network that gets millions of views from kids everyday, encourages kids to follow “their dreams” through shows like Austin and Ally, A.N.T. Farm , and Hannah Montana. “Following One’s Dream” often involves being a singer, dancer, actress, or fashion designer. But not just any singer, dancer, actress, or fashion designer. A famous one. They also encourage children to even try all of them at once and become an “idol”.

Toys like Bratz often express themselves through fashion, music, and acting. All of the characters in the line strive to be famous at whatever they reach for. Even American Girl’s Girl of the Year Movie, Saige Paints the Sky, couldn’t resist adding music to it’s final scene.

With the rise of Youtube celebrities, ordinary kids realize how easy it is to get famous in today’s society: do something funny, controversial, or sing a catchy song.

Just about every role model for kids today are in the music industry. Children today want to imitate them, and they are told that it’s okay, that there’s nothing wrong with doing something “you love”. And just about every tween walking “loves” to be famous.

The USA is most influenced by entertainment. Test scores in this country have plummeted as compared to several years ago: and they didn’t even have the same technology! http://4brevard.com/choice/international-test-scores.htm

Is it because children spend too much time on entertainment? Or is it that too many children see a future in entertainment, and see no future in education? Especially because anyone can begin a career in these fields these days-even children as young as 5!

That’s the real question: Do children feel they have any other options in the world besides being a singer, model, fashion designer, dancer, or actor/actress? Or maybe a famous sports star?

Why don’t these networks and toy companies, those who have the power to influence children, utilize it to encourage children to be doctors, lawyers, astronauts?

It says something when the number one most searched topic on the internet was Miley Cyrus…while the USA was bubbling over about the Syrian War happening overseas. Are we too concerned with celebrity status, and do we encourage our children to become over-involved with fame?

Fame and it’s Controversies

There’s nothing wrong with singing, dancing, acting, or any performing arts. What could be a problem is fame. Sure, everyone wants respect, to be recognized, to be worshiped to a certain degree…but is that self-entitled behavior something we should encourage in children?

To add, the world of fame hasn’t proven to be too kind to humans. It especially hasn’t been kind to children. Children don’t often realize the reality of the world of “Fame”. People who are famous are popular, but they have no privacy. They have all the money, and yet many children are exposed to “all that money can buy”, including drugs. This gives them nothing to work for. This also makes life meaningless. When you’ve tried everything, what’s left? This can also lead to arrogant behavior.

To add, it’s hard to keep friends, or find love interests. You just can’t tell who loves you for you. Tons of fans…but no one who truly understands you or allows you to be you. Then you have to worry about family members begging you for money all the time.

Many people love you as long as you keep making movies, music, or books, but as soon as you plummet…usually, no one is left to help you pick up the pieces. Celebrities get old quickly, and there’s always a fresh new face to replace the old, especially when you really aren’t original. Justin Bieber is a prime example. Austin Mahone is an easy replacement. One Direction took over the Bieber craze. And Bieber took over the Jonas Brother craze. The cycle keeps moving, and sales fall in the hands of the freshest face. Generations grow up, and new kids arrive to claim what’s “trendy”. Many celebrities end up bankrupt.

While it seems they can do whatever they want, celebrities are constantly criticized for things that normal people get away with (like twerking at a party). Many get called ugly, stupid, boring, untalented, sell-outs, and many other negative comments. Professional critics and journalists are always watching you, waiting for you to mess up. Celebrities have to try and ignore all of this negativity because this was their choice. There is no room for mistakes. You almost have to be perfect, and walk on egg shells everywhere you go. Everywhere you go, you have to care what everyone thinks and feels and cater to them because everyone is a potential customer. As this is impossible, celebrities often end up offending somebody.

Many journalists print lies about celebrities, or exaggerate events. You have to watch everything you say. When people offend you, you have to show the utmost self-control. You can’t get angry like other normal people. It’s almost controversial to cry-people in the comments section might call you weak or a wimp, especially if you’re a guy. You’re forced to bottle everything up. No wonder so many celebrities are on depression pills!

Few get enough time to spend with friends or family. They are constantly traveling and working odd hours. When they get married, it’s hard to spend time with children or spouse. They are constantly tired.

They also have to watch what they eat and watch their weight. If they don’t, people will talk about them, and their business will be splashed all over the news. And acting as if others’ opinions don’t matter can be threatening to their career because every fan or potential fan counts if they plan on making money.

They travel so often, they often get jetlag. They are always in the air or on a bus.

Many feel they are trapped. Once you get famous, there is no turning back. Many who lose money, or decide that this “world” isn’t for them, can’t go find normal jobs because paparazzi will humiliate them and their “downgrade”. And many times, they buy expensive things, and end up owing money. Jobs with lower wages can’t compensate for what they’ve lost. While many celebrities get sponsored, and get many free things, when they lose popularity, many of these companies expect to be paid back every cent.

Celebrities are stuck with one reputation, and often times, it’s hard for them to try and change. People expect consistency, and as change is inevitable, this isn’t possible. Many celebrities change in a way that’s more appealing, but many change in a way that isn’t so likable.

Many celebrities begin by being what their manager or producer makes them like Britney Spears and BoA Kwon, who were too young to know exactly what they wanted. When they got older, they both tried to express themselves more. This was hard for fans to adjust to, and it caused issues in their music sales for a moment until fans could be more comfortable with their new images.

To add, so many people want the same “dream”. Competition is high. And so many talent-less people often outshine the more talented. A talented actress could be overlooked by a prettier one. A wild singer (like Miley Cyrus) could get more airplay than a talented one (Ariana Grande). The world of fame isn’t always fair, like many of these shows teach children. Sometimes, you can be following the same dream for years…

Do we really want to train up our children to enter into a world where it might not guarantee happiness or TRUE fulfillment?

Why can’t we teach children that fulfillment could come from doing things for others, from service, from contributing to humanity and making a TRUE difference? Being a scientist, astronaut, banker, and other important careers can help children understand the value in service, hard work, education, innovation, and many other up-building qualities.

Fame Can Be Good, if for the Right Reasons

What happened to the days when people used to become famous celebrities because they made a difference in the world? Amelia Earhart became famous for being the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Mae Jemison was one of the first women, African American at that, to fly into space. The Wright Brothers flew the first plane. Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Martin Luther King led the march for civil rights. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. These people aren’t just famous, they are historical figures and role models. Because of them, many things are possible. They have a legacy that can’t ever be erased, unlike these famous “singers” who will easily be replaced by the newest, more entertaining face, no one can ever replace those historical figures. Those people deserved fame, and no one will mar their names because their personal life matters little to what they’ve accomplished.

So I conclude by saying that while there’s nothing wrong with the performing arts, using the performing arts to get famous is taking over the minds of children, and even some adults. Not enough children see the value in doing important things in the world anymore. It’s especially obvious that women are more consumers than inventors in the 21st Century. Many women aren’t making a difference in technology, science, or business…or few are getting recognized for it. Obviously, they get recognized in music because it’s a profession where a woman can shake her body and show off how beautiful she is. It shows that women still only get respect if they stay in professions that make them look good.

Even in the 21st Century, no one is trying to encourage children to truly bring in the future…without bringing entertainment with it. Entertainment is only for escape, but many businesses contribute to everyday functions of human beings in our “reality”. I feel that entertainment should tell the truth about fame, and try to encourage children to try many different things. I also feel they should encourage children to use the performing arts as a means of expression, not as a cheap way to get fame, glory, and respect.

Boy Meets World’s spin-off series…Girl Meets World!

29 Aug
Rowan Blanchard set to play Riley, and Sabrina Carpenter set to play Maya, her best friend in Girl Meets World

Rowan Blanchard set to play Riley, and Sabrina Carpenter set to play Maya, her best friend in Girl Meets World

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Disney Channel is working on a new series set to be released in 2014 called Girl Meets World which is meant to be a spin-off of Boy Meets World.

For those of you young ones who don’t know about Boy Meets World, it was a show that first aired in 1993 and ended in 2000. It originally focused on Cory Matthews and his growing pains as a tween boy. The show had seven seasons, and fans were able to see him grow from a young boy to a grown, married man.

The original cast is set to return in Girl Meets World!

What we know about the show so far is that the show focuses on Cory and Topnaga’s 13 year old, 7th grade, daughter and her tween life, similar to that of Boy Meets World. Cory, her father, is her 7th grade teacher…

Cory is Riley's father and 7th grade teacher. So ironic. lol

Cory is Riley’s father and 7th grade teacher. So ironic. lol

This could be exciting news for us #90skids. Could be, depending on several factors.

Pros

Already Rowan Blanchard, the actress who plays the lead role, says that the show will deal with the same themes as in Boy Meets World. That sounds great, because Boy Meets World focused on some deep issues like sex and drugs, which would bring Disney Channel in a whole new direction.

To add, she also said that the show doesn’t focus on a female singer, which is a relief, because those kinds of shows have been plaguing Disney Channel since the arrival of Hannah Montana several years ago. Almost every show has a female who can sing. Basically, if you acted on a show, you knew you were getting a record deal. Even the Disney Channel original movies have been plagued with music too, since Cheetah Girls and High School Musical.  Just Recently, Disney Channel aired their next multi-billion dollar, musical movie, Teen Beach. There really is a lack of variety among the Disney Channel shows and movies, and it’s refreshing to know that this show just might bring the variety and spice Disney channel needs. Potentially, this show can break the current music trends that have been moving about all network channels geared toward tween girls.

DANIELLE FISHEL, ROWAN BLANCHARD, BEN SAVAGE

http://www.wetpaint.com/network/articles/2013-06-07-what-is-girl-meets-world

Another major pro is, of course, the return of the original cast of Boy Meets World, including newer characters from the show, like Angela. Many characters will also be making appearances, and if the show gets more ratings, all of the old characters may return. Just knowing that they will be in it might draw people to the show.

boy meets world

The new cast, 1999-2000

The old cast, 1993-2000

The old cast, 1993-2000

The old cast 1993

The old cast 1993

The same director will return as well, along with the producers, screenwriters, and everyone who worked on Boy Meets World. So hopefully, that gives fans of the original show reassurance that at least most of the elements will return.

Cons

While, it is exciting that the original cast will be back, let’s keep in mind that this is now a Disney Channel original show. Boy Meets World, although aired on Disney Channel, wasn’t a Disney channel original show. Therefore, the fear is that Disney Channel will hijack the show. Disney Channel shows are very tween-oriented, with slapstick humor, and lots of friendship themes, and light-hearted moods. The fear is that this show will be no different from current shows airing.

How tweet...don't ever remember friends hugging like this in Boy Meets World.

How tweet…don’t ever remember friends hugging like this in Boy Meets World.

My biggest groan is that it (again) is focusing on a FEMALE character. I really dislike the direction that Disney Channel is taking. Disney Channel used to be directed to all genders. Everyone could enjoy Disney Channel, which helped to bridge gender gaps. Now, Disney Channel seems exclusively for girls, and seems to alienate the male audience. Disney XD is hardly a good answer to that problem, as again, it separates the two genders. To add, they got rid of Toon Disney to make room for Disney XD, which had some pretty sick cartoons like Doug, Weekenders, Filmore, and Duck Tales.

Another problem with having all of these females run all over Disney Channel, is not only that males can’t relate, but males lose respect for the channel. More males complain about Disney Channel than females do. If the male shows on Disney XD combined with Disney channel shows, the channel would have so much variety and would draw all tweens to one major network.  Girl Meets World disappoints me in that it promotes the “female” direction Disney has taken.

Having so many shows directed to tween girls makes the humor sub-par and stereotyped. All the girls are into fashion, boys, music. There isn’t any variety among the females, like a boxer, or someone who’s into horses. The focus is driven into one category, and the humor is repetitive, sounding like the last show that aired on the network. Hopefully, they can find some new content and a new direction.

Also, let’s face it, most people will be watching it to see Cory and Topanga. The fear is that the two of them will outshine the lead character. Or that there won’t be enough Cory and Topanga to appease the fans.

Cory and Topanga, happily married.

Cory and Topanga, happily married.

The challenge is trying to appeal to the older audience (which was multi-gender) and trying to grab this new audience to the show. If they can successfully do both, I applaud them.

The cast on the Red Carpet!

The cast on the Red Carpet!

If they’re successful, #90skid! If not, #childhoodruined. I’m starting to feel old. Cory and Topanaga are parents?

So Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Generation Next: Do you remember the late 90s, Y2K?

5 Jul

Anyone who grew up in Generation Next probably remembers the following between 1995-2003:

Pop culture……We are generation “Scorpio” which also defines our generation. All we care about is sex, violence, and power. Our generation is marked by everything dark and mysterious…we hate superficiality and anything “cheerful”…anything mystical, psychic, and occult. We transformed ideas of tranformation, lost the adult “rites of passage” other generations before us had, and are the only generation who can’t find jobs in the recession, still living with parents well into our twenties, and take a while to get married, if at all. But we still find ways to rebel against society, use the internet as our way of gaining social power, and stick to ourselves in our secretive and mistrustful minds. We are also quite an emotional generation….dangerously emotional.

Television

Anyone who is anybody can’t forget the grand children Networks of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel. Rugrats and ALL That defined Nick, until the Rugrats grew up and Kenan and Kel left All That and so did Nick Cannon, and Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, Toonami, Ed Edd and Eddy, and Powerpuff Girls defined Cartoon Network. But MTV was infested with a bunch of teeny boppers who began filling the channel with their pop videos. At least we still had Michael Jackson… VH1 was filled with oldies. And BET actually had funny comedians on Comic View and showed black movies and shows. Let’s not forget Nick Jr. owned Blues Clues, Face, and Little Bill, while Playhouse Disney had Little Mermaid and Madeline…they even used to show Timon and Pumba, Arabian Nights, and other “Disney-like shows”. Back then, cable was just becoming the “It” thing. I still remember My Brother and Me and Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage witch. Fox and ABC were big back then, UPN too…Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, which also came on Disney Channel along with Boy Meets World, Growing Pains, and Brotherly Love…with those Lawrence Brothers that everyone loved. Disney even had shows like the Famous Jett Jackson, So Weird, and The Jersey. Courage the Cowardly Dog was like So Weird…except weirder…Scooby-Doo was still big. We liked a lot of mysteries like Shelby Woo and the occult like So Weird and Goosbumps….we also loved Power Rangers and Anime as kids. Barney was even in our slot time, though I always preferred Kid Songs….and Zoom, the new version. Aurthur was our show too! And even Sesame Street, especially Elmo’s World. And we weren’t too far from old classic cartoons from Tex Avery, Toonheads like Bugs Bunny, and even some Animaniacs….best time for television. In later years, we supported shows like Lizzie Maguire, the first tween show to make over a million viewers, and That’s So Raven which was the first longest running show on Disney Channel. We loved Lindsey Lohan…until she got cracked up.

Remember tha babies who could talk?

What a creative show! Back when Klasky was running things: Rugrats!

The Simpsons, South Park, 90210, Living Single, Baywatch, X-Files, Law and Order, and other nighttime television. Not to mention, watching the Bulls game was far more entertaining than it is now.

Technology

Computer was just becoming a part of the home, and laptops was spreading jobs across the nation. And everyone used to chat on AOL…it used to talk back and say “You’ve got Mail” which used to be so cool. Of course, I was always on yahoo…..Then MP3s came out, though you could only play one song at the time. CDs were still pretty big. Downloading became big like two years after 2000. But people still bought CDs, and everyone had a CD player with big headphones….The DVD player was it, but then everyone found out Playstation 2 could play DVDs and it was done. Playstation 2 was like the biggest thing, though Dreamcast and Gamecube also marked the generation. Of course, realistic graphics were the biggest thing back then. LOL Remember Street Fighter, Tekken, Final Fantasy? And NBA Live was regular too.

Playstation, remember? LOL

Literature

It varied, actually towards the end, kids stopped reading and started again. Babysitters’ Club, Sweet Valley, and American Girl marked the generation. For boys it was between How to Eat Fried Worms, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Help! I’m trapped in Obedient School Again, Anamorphs, and Goooooosssbumpsss!!!! Who doesn’t remember Goosbumps? That was like the biggest thing. Then Harry Potter came out like in 1999 or before, and that took over. A Series of Unfortunate Events was big too. And Pirates of the Caribbean marked the later generation.

GOOOOSSSEEEBUMMMPSS!

Music

It sucked balls. Pop idols like Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls took over the industry. Who can forget the Hansen brothers? Pure lamety. Then here came Britney, the first teen solo act, and she influenced the whole world to come out with pop imitations. Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore who dyed her hair for the “occasion”, and all of these pop groups like Dream and Play, and just too many pop artists to count. And then the boy Britney Spears came out, Aaron Carter. Even black people changed genres like After Dark and Blaque…TLC was the biggest group…until, well you know. It was back when Jesse McCartney was part of the group Dreamstreet. Hoku and Myra marked Disney and Nick movies for their contributions, and Baha Men music swept the world by storm. Then in 2001, it seemed Dark Child took over everything, and so did 50 cent…later Avril Lavigne stole Britney’s shine in the early Y2K years. Then all these poprock artists came out of the closet, of course singers like Michelle Branch, Lindsay Pagano, Vanessa…can’t remember the rest of her name, and even Pink came out of the closet with her “real self”. Evanescence also dominated the industry. Metallic and Coldplay were even at their peek. All the most hard-core music marked our generation….along with the most giddy… If only Panic! At the Disco had been around….

Britney Spears when she was a little innocent...only a little...

The wildest group around! Spice Girls!

Original famous style! Avril Lavigne!

50 Cent back in 2003...

Fashion

I remember overalls….which no one wears anymore. Jordans were popular too…Capri pants were the “it” thing…and for some reason…ponchos….baggy pants, bandannas and scarves, and surfer boy hair cuts. Jean jackets and Timbaland boots were in too. That’s what Spongbob used to remind me of back in 2002, his debut…a surfer, valley dude, which those bleached-blond idiots were the “it” thing. Now, Spongebob is just a geeky idiot…Ponytails, and scrunchies were popular. Lip gloss had just become a big thing. Belly tops were “oh-so revealing” but not compared to now…especially if you consider Gaga’s “no pants rule”. Skorts were popular, and no one wear those either. Numbered tees, like with “57” or “23” and words all over the pants. And because of 9/11, everyone was wearing red, white, and blue. Feathery and hot looking jackets marked later generations. Like this:

Jackets of early Y2K...

jacket

And these checkered and worded jeans:

checkered pants?

Backstreet Boys look...LOL

Words and Sayings

The words and sayings that came back were “Cool” and “Awesome”, but we also added “Totally hot” and “bogus” and “wack” and “corny” and “lame” and who can forget “psyche”. “Wicked Cool” and other sayings that are too funny to repeat. “For shizzle my nizzle” was popular too, and you could add of “izzles” if you liked. And” then “it’s off the heezy for sheezy. “Da Bomb” was it too. And “Bad” or “Sharp” was in too. “Totally Rad” was in too. LOL This is funny.

This is really a walk down memory lane…

I feel sorry for this generation. Sorry later generation, you missed out on the best age to be a kid. Your Television Network producers have gotten so stupid they can’t even read their own network titles. Instead they show everything but music on MTV and live actions on Cartoon Network. Not to mention, the face of Disney is no longer Mickey, but Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus….

No one uses their voices in music anymore, it’s now been replaced by cheap equipments that electronically “disguises” real voices.

Glad I grew up in Generation Next.

Movies

Movies ranged between Sixth Sense, Scissors hands, well really anything with Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. Matrix marked the 21st Century. We also had “Ritchie Rich”, remember the little blond boy from Home Alone? And let’s not forget the Disney movies. The best movies in the 90s were the Disney movies, hands down, like Lion King, Huntchback of Notre Dame, and Beauty and the Beast. Of course, there were some pretty good thrillers here and there, and other children’s movies like Little Rascals which had Mary-Kate and Ashley, America’s Twins. Also, Dennis the Menace. Remember Free Willy? LOL That movie still makes me laugh. Childrens’ movies had reach their peak in the 90s. The first child actor won an acting award, Haley Joel Osment, and you used to see him everywhere before his sister went all “Hannah Montana”…though he still acts as Sora on Kingdom Hearts, which is all I care about.

The Television Industry….SUCKS! (again)

5 Jul

This is the second part to my last journal entry. And it’s been bugging me for a while now as well. But the next thing that is irritating me is:

Television

Now, I won’t say television was always good in the past. They had some really crappy shows in the past, just like they do today, but today’s “idea” of creativity is just taking a dump on viewers.

Take a look at MTV. It has gotten so retarded. This channel used to be for MUSIC only. That’s why it’s called Music TV! It used to be MUSIC VIDEOS mostly. Then they got rid of TRL for some odd reason…oh, because stupid reality shows and Podcast shows began to air, even though TRL was shysty too, considering it allowed a bunch of teeny boppers to vote! And even though, yes music sucked back then too, it showed a variety of artists so you wouldn’t have to sit through hours of your least favorite singer. Now, it’s just marathons and marathons of women acting like sleazes, running around pulling each other’s hair out. And one show was okay which was Flavor of Love…until EVERY SINGLE SHOW THAT AIRED MIMICKED IT! Now there is no variety on this Network. It is just infested with reality shows. Even VH1 is following suit. And VH1 is supposed to be VIDEOS! What the Hollow! But these stupid children don’t know variety. Even the teenagers have no concept of what creativity and variety means. MTV’s shows don’t even fit it’s title! Why is MOTHER AT 16 on there? That has nothing to do with music!

I really feel sorry for the boys. MTV isn’t for them anymore. At least it used to play music all genders could get into. Now, it’s a woman’s world….which I hate to be sexist, though I am a woman, but women are not very creative. All they want to see is drama, which becomes repetitive and just outright stupid.

MTV used to be for college students. Now these teeny boppers are taking over, ruining the network.

MTV sucks

What happened MTV?

Stop it MTV, get off the Air!

MTV used to promote new artists and give underground artists a chance. They used to promote artists. I mean they have MTV Iggy, but no one knows about that flapping show!

Killjoy

MTV a conspiracy???

MTV is taking a fart on it\’s viewers!

I know these kids have to have serious brain damage to feed into this poop. They like to eat this crap! This cowshisuck!

And apparently, MTV is not the only corporation that can’t read it’s own Network title. WTFOOL Cartoon Network?

Cartoon Network…LOL…Cartoon Network used to be a network full of great cartoons. In my youth, we grew up in the best age for television. We not only had old classic shows on Toonheads, which explained the history of the shows and showed the shows since 1930s, Tex Avery shows, Acme Hour full of Tweety and Bugs Bunny, Hanna-Barbara like Scooby-doo and Yogi Bear, but we had excellent original cartoons like Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samarai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Cow and Chicken, O Canada, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Ed Edd and Eddy…..and last but not least Toonami. Toonami showed all the anime you could think of, plus some action animation, and super hero shows like Justice League with Batman and Superman, and there was even X-Men and Teen Titans and Puffy Ami Yumi. Even Captain Planet and Static Shock beats this shisuck, and they were the worst back in the day. I’d rather sit through five hours of Hamtaro before I watch this garbage!

Now look at Cartoon Network. They have stupid aspirin shows like 16 and TOTAL FLOCKING DRAMA ISLAND. They also got stupid crap shows like Camp Lazlo, if that hasn’t died already, and BEN 10! WTHALL! These shows can’t even relate to kids. Total Drama Island is like watching another MTV! I really do think that’s where Cartoon Network is getting some of their ideas for shows, I really do.  16? What kid who is watching Cartoon Network is 16? If they are, who would watch that crap? It’s a bunch of shallow cliche teenagers who do what the kids on MTV and Disney do (the other crapped-up channel). And where is the anime? These stupid kids don’t even watch anime. “It’s too boring” They said! Now I get it….kids are too dumb to even decipher a simple storyline in an anime. All they want is comedy. Again, no variety. It’s just the same stupid cartoons over and over again. Either they are total rip-offs of Spongebob *cough Flapjack cough* are more Disney Channel and MTV-like rip-off wannabe cartoons! And some kids have the nerve to defend this CRAP! *spit* They say “This is our generation. We don’t care about your golden age of cartoons.” Now I know the cartoons are brainwashing our kids to be idiots.

And wait that’s not all they adopted from MTV, they forgot they were CARTOON network and added CNREAL! Lord Have Mercy Kelly Clarkson Eddie Murpy! And kids defend this! Even a retarded person knows that cartoons have NOTHING to do with LIVE ACTION!! ARGGHHH!!!! It’s like the company never went to second grade before! Even a second grader knows that! They are not smarter than fifth graders! Oh wait, they are brainwashing these kids. Now the kids are just as dumb!

There are some smart kids left, so what\’s wrong with you \”CN\”?

CN sucks!

Oh the Day they KILLED Cartoon Network!

This is murder! This is scarier than watching a horror movie!

Cartoon Network must be making fun of their viewers right now saying, “Oh these kids are so stupid! They’ll watch anything as long as it looks like Hannah Montana.”

And that brings me to Disney. The person running Disney now is Anne Kathaway or something like that. Who the Hall put her in charge? Like I said, women, I’m sorry, but you are not very creative creatures when it comes to television. You suck in the variety department. And it’s as if Disney forgot all of it’s male viewers and are totally feeding into the female teeny-boppers. Isn’t that sexist? Oh, but now they have Disney XD, which many people might not have if they don’t have on Demand. And with that got rid of Toon Disney…sighs…what happened to the days when Disney was for everyone? The whole family. In fact, Hannah Montana wasn’t the face of Disney, Mickey Mouse was…and you know what happened to him? They threw him on a retarded show called Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. They are humiliating an iconic Disney character. Walt Disney would kill himself all over again. He should come back to haunt whoever is in charge because they are ruining not only this channel, but they are setting the pattern for other shows to be CRAP! And whatever happened to the real Disney classical movies? Well, Princess and the Frog was one step forward. But the kids only know Disney Channel! What the buck!

Then the shows that I remember were WAY better. Disney used to have The Jersey, The Famous Jett Jackson (which Hannah Montana ripped off), and my all-time favorite, So Weird, which we can blame it’s decline on “soccer moms”. I HATE soccer moms. Moms…mind your own business! No one cared what you watched when you popped in bugs bunny and scooby doo! I remember them showing shows like Growing Pains, Brotherly Love, Smart Guy, Boy Meets World, In a Heartbeat, Bug Juice, and Disney even showed old classical shows like Zorro, The Ink and Paint Club which was Mickey mouse all night, and a Wonderful World, they even showed the original Mickey Mouse Club!….and the Disney Channel Movies? AW MAN! They were the highlight of my day! They had unique plots. There just weren’t girl movies, but movies for the fellows too like Brink, Johnny Tsunami, Genius, Punkz, 13th Year, Can of Worms,  Horse Sense, Jumping Ship, Smart House, etc. Then the girly movies like Wish Upon a Star, Stepsister from Planet Weird, Zenon, Halloween Town, Susie Q, Model Behavior, Rev It Up, ! Aw man, the horror movies actually were it’s best. Like Hocus Pocus, Scream Team, Phantom of the Megaplex, Mom’s Got a date With a Vampire, Under Wraps, Don’t Look Under the Bed, Tower of Terror, etc! Just so many good shows! To me, I think the decline started with Lizzie Maguire because that’s when all the “teeny boppers” showed up and changed Disney, but there was still some varietal shows like Even Stevens, Phil of the Future, Naturally Sadie, The Proud Family, Kim Possible.Some movies were also good like Read It and Weep, Tru Confessions, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-off, Cheetah Girls (the first not the others), and I had no problem with the original High School musical until it got too ridiculous, like how do you have High School Musical over summer break? There is no school! stupid.

Now the only three shows that I liked on Disney was That’s So Raven, Phineas and Ferb, and Life with Derek. It gave Disney some variety instead of the SAME THING. But these kids are idiots. “It’s not funny..duh…” And Life with Derek was cancelled, the only REAL show during the Renaissance period of Disney CHANNEL. Why does every show have to be funny? See, that’s why everything is so repetitive. Because this generation lacks creativity of the mind! They like repetitive crap in their mouth to come out and puke on all the good old shows.

All of their shows are the same. Someone is trying to get famous and trying to hide their identity. Look at Hannah Montana. Just like Jett back in the day, she is a “famous pop singer” and all she does is whine and complain about how it’s hard to be a normal girl and a singer. And she has to hide her identity, when it’s clearly obvious she’s the same singer because they have the same face…Wizards of Whatever also are Wizards trying to hide their magic, same thing as Hannah Montana, trying to “hide something”. And then Sonny With a Chance, trying to be famous (another iCarly really), and Suit Life on Deck is just a retarded idea period. The original was okay, but when Maddy left, I said forget it. And then…it became INFESTED with comedies! The lack of variety is so obvious, it doesn’t matter which show I’m watching, they all look the same.

It’s like they are encouraging kids to grow up to be shallow, whiny teenagers, who instead of working for what they want, complain like they haven’t grown an inch. They are teaching our kids that they can get famous for not trying at all. Money, but no effort. How sick is that? I say that because I’m still perplexed how most of them became actors and actresses. Some of them need to get fired from the studio. And since when was it a good idea to make actors and actresses into singers? I know you want clean music for kids, Anne, but getting even worse singers and performers is traumatizing them just as badly! And now these kids don’t know the difference between good music and bad. They think good means “anybody who is on TV”. That’s not what makes a singer good. Because these television shows are not about finding talent, but finding someone stupid enough to act stupid on television. And now they’re only showing FOUR Disney Channel original movies! Bull crap! simply put. Bull Crap Disney. Fire this woman!

Disney, go kill yourself!

Argh! The Agony!

Last but not least I have to attack this network, though I don’t believe this is any of their fault. I blame the viwership: the mentally damaged children. This network is known as Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon was not only a good network for kids, but for everyone. It was one of the most awesome networks on television. This show had more variety than any kid’s network on the air. They not only had Nick Jr in the morning, which I watched even when I was 10, they had good shows for kids, like Blues Clues, Little Bill, Little Bear, Franklin, and Face, who introduced me to peanut butter and banana btw. They had Gullah Gullah Island, which even kids watched. Then by the afternoon, even greater shows came on like Rugrats, the most popular of course, Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers, Ren and Stimpy, Ka-blam, All That, Kenan and Kel, The Amanda Show,  Invader’s Zim, My Brother and Me, Clarissa Explains It All (before Lizzie Maguire), The Wild Thornberrys, even Ned’s De-Classified was pretty okay later on, and Spongebob, who was more like a surfer dude, than he was a gay clown like he is today. And not all gay people act like clowns, but does. I’d say the decline happened with Unfabulous. And that’s when I realized Nick was trying to imitate Disney and their “teeny-bopper” ways. I couldn’t believe it. Nick at Nite is still good because I like Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Hates Chris. In fact, THOSE should’ve been on NICK!!!! What the FOOL!

But Nick can’t help it. I mean that’s what the stupid kids want to watch. The only recently good show they had on Nick was Avatar: The Last Airbender. That was pretty good. I watched the whole show, and was upset when it ended.

So yeah, I think television might be some sick way for kids to go outside and play. They got together and said , “Hey let’s make it suck so kids can be more active.” But it didn’t work. Instead, the retarded kids thought it was good…

So some people may ask, why am I ranting on this? Am I a “soccer mom”? I’m older now, I don’t have to worry about cartoons, right? Wrong. I DO care what the kids of today watch. I’m not a “soccer mom”, who just condemns every little thing with too much violence and killing and a little horror or suspense, but at least if you’re going to have it, do it right. These companies know they can take advantage of kids because kids are dumb enough to fall into their scandals. Kids don’t know any better. These corporations believe they can throw out crap and cash in on the kids who don’t think anything about it…rather don’t think at all!

I feel there is nothing wrong with me wanting the kids of today to have quality television, instead of a large quantity of bull crap! If you’re going to buy Demand Cable, you might as well make sure it’s worth it!

Also, my generation of viewers never grew up from cartoons. We loved our networks. We knew it was quality. So we are still among the viewers of these networks. Why do you think they’re trying to raise the bars on Cartoon Network with Adult Swim and stuff? Because we loved this stuff, and because we also watch it, we see what they’re doing to the kids. We see they are making the kids look like idiots, and it’s not right.

You may say, who am I to say it’s crap? Every generation hates the last, right? And that much is true. BUT, there are some things in the generation that I like, like Disney Channel has Pass the Plate. That’s good they are encouraging international union. BUT…any logical person knows that if something is called MTV, music television, you play music….and anyone knows that if you are CARTOON NETWORK, you play ONLY cartoons on the network. Why lead people astray with the title, and then they flip and see a live action show? I would be like “Is my television broken? Am I on the wrong channel?” If you’re going to do that, change the title of the network!

Sighs…………………………..

There’s only so much I can say. There is more, but I’m tired. Hey, me and a couple of 90s kids are getting together to create our own network of good shows, so if anyone wants to join in, let me know in the comments.

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