The Parents Television Council Attacks ‘The Vampire Diaries’
The Parents Television Council are at it yet again! They have moved on from bashing Glee and are now targeting our beloved Vampire Diaries. According to them, no one under the age of 18 should be watching this show... seriously. I feel a rant coming on!
First off, lets take a look at what they had to say about The Vampire Diaries:
"The Vampire Diaries has a large amount of objectionable content. There have been numerous sex scenes involving teenagers, some including violence and vampire lore. Some of the teen sexuality is portrayed as romantic, but other scenes are more intense almost rape-like, with vampires using brainwashing powers to compel others to serve their sexual desires. Foul language is frequent and includes uses of the words “dick,” “screw,” “douche,” “hell,” “piss,” “suck,” “frigging,” “damn,” and “ass.” Violence is stylized and supernaturally-based but intense, including vampires draining humans of blood to the point of death, and vampires being killed with stakes in the heart. There is also a lot of physical fighting and beating in vampire fights, but because of their immortality the vampires do not die. Young viewers could be confused by the supernatural violence – some ordinary humans have special jewelry or spells that allow them to come back to life after being graphically murdered."
Oh boy, where to start with this? Lets begin with the sex. Not once have I scene a rape scene in the entire show. Have any of you? As for the big bad teenage sex, well, I hate to break it to you PTC but teens have sex! On TV shows and in real life. While the vampires and the magic in the show aren't real, the drama between the characters is fairly accurate. Real teens have real sex and real arguments with their friends. I'm not saying that all of our teen readers should run out and find someone to sleep with, but I am saying that it happens. It's normal. It's not the show's job to teach right from wrong.
Now, onto the violence. It's a vampire show, there's bound to be blood and violence. Obviously. If your teenagers can't tell the difference between supernatural vampire fighting and real fighting, if that "confuses" them, then your kids are fucking stupid. They are naive and sheltered babies that seriously need their mommy's and daddy's to stop holding on so tightly. The show is meant to entertain, not to educate. It's the parent's responsibility to teach the difference between reality and fiction.
As for the "foul language," um, since when is "suck" a naughty word? I can understand not wanting young children to say those words, but this show isn't directed at kids, it's a teen drama. That's the big thing here, The Vampire Diaries is a show created for teens, not for little children.
The PTC are a bunch of out-of-touch prudes that are in serious need of a reality check. The Vampire Diaries is no worse than any other teen drama out there. If you take out all of the supernatural elements, it's a pretty damn close portrayal of real teen life - you have sex, drugs, drama, jealously, insecurities and so on. That's high school for ya. Your kids aren't seeing anything differently than they do when they go to school everyday. It's THE PARENT'S job to teach their kids right from wrong. A show isn't going to corrupt them.
Overall, The Vampire Diaries is not a show for young children, obviously, seeing how it's not directed at young kids and it's not even on during the day. It's a perfectly harmless teenage drama.
What do you guys think about the PTC's attack on The Vampire Diaries?