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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.

End rant.

What do you guys think about the PTC’s attack on The Vampire Diaries?

– Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).

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Moonlight • December 19, 2010


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  • I think what is really telling is that these folks seem to believe no one under the age of 18 can tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

  • Melisaa Walker

    The PTC declared Buffy the worst show on TV back in 2002. Didn’t matter much then and probably won’t matter now that they are on to Vampire Diaries. Some people really just need something trivial to find controversy in rather than work on real issues concerning kids.

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  • Christine

    Damn is foul language? Really?

  • Why would kids be watching the show if the parents didn’t want them to? it is the parent’s job to figure out what the kids are watching. why are they wamming down their fists on the show when really it’s the parents who need to tell their children not to watch it. Vampire Diaries is not harmful at all :)

  • Vampire 18

    seriously? they think “suck” and “damn” are foul language- kids, and adults, have said it a lot and it is not anything new to hear it on tv now a days. and its true this show is not directed at young children- and if they are watching it then it is the parents fault. plus the violence is so common in all shows on tv, even in cartoons, now a days that they shouldnt just pin it on the vampire diaries- you should blame all shows kids watch, or none. THIS IS LIFE NOW A DAYS- GET OVER IT PTC!

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  • tee62

    omg really? these ppl on the ptc need to really sit back and look at what there really saying. like ppl totally need to chill out on the tv shoows…its a fact of life…watch tv or dont…plaain aand simple

  • shyler sullivan

    i think they need to chill cuz there is nothing inappropriate for us teens. and besides that there is not that much sex stuff it’s mainly talking and fighting

  • sandra swam

    If vampire diaries will change something I stop watch it forever!!!!
    (and everyone with me!!!- it’s not interesting like that)
    They going to lose money…little kids shoulden’t watch it

    • Moonlight

      Lose money why?

  • charlotte

    it isnt aimed at little kids anyway. But i think if your over 13 then its suitable.

  • What can I say? haha… It is life THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is my fav show… I seriously don’t like “Twilight” but… PTC xD wow telling it is bad for kids? it is a teenage show so I agree with you :)

    I love this page, since now I have to do work for school I’m focusing on this website and I seriously greatful you made this page.

    It’s great and I like it… as for PTC they can critizise everything they want but that is not going to change the fact that teens love it… BTW I showed the show to my parents and now the three of us are big Vampire Diaries fans hahaha

  • Syer

    I’m sorry, but WHAT? A child isn’t supposed to be watching TVD.

    Why would a child be watching TVD? Because the child is bored, up awake at night when parents aren’t home and is flipping channels.

    So how is this child supposed to understand what is happening anyway? He/she won’t, so he/she will change the channel.

    Now, same situation except its a teenager. The teenager’s reaction is gonna be “WOAH. He just staked that girl. AWESOME.” Most probably.

    Okay, it’ll actually be something along the lines of
    a.) “Oh, cool. Fun looking fight scene. Let me watch.”
    b.) “Wow, that guy is hot. Let me watch.”
    c.) “Oh, hey, cute girl! Let me watch.”
    d.) “Magic?! Ohhh, vampires! Let me watch.”

    And, um, hello. Any idiot older than thirteen knows about sex. A girl finds out from MCabot’s (stupid) Princess Diaries – which practically gushes about making out and sex and stuff – and guys find out from… well, where ever the hell they find out.

    And if TVD didn’t have stakes and blood and sex and drama, everyone would just go “WTF? Vampires are supposed to be bad ass.”