American Senators are now focusing on children’s programs and demanding to restrict those programs leading to censorship including trigger warnings for LGBTQIA+ characters.
On May 4th, five Republican U.S. senators Roger Marshall (Kansas), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Braun (Indiana), Steve Daines (Montana), and Kevin Cramer (North Dakota) directed an open letter to the TV Parental Guidelines Advisory Board demanding to update its rating system and include trigger warnings that tell whether a show contains content related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Why are US Senators concerned about the Children’s Programmes?
According to the senators, “In recent years concerning topics of a sexual nature have become aggressively politicized and promoted in children’s programming including irreversible and harmful experimental treatments for mental disorders like gender dysphoria.”
Addressed to board chairman Charles Rivkin, the letter reads, “The motivations of hyper-sexualized entertainment producers striving to push this content on young audiences are suspect at best and predatory at worst.”
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Roger Marshall who was the lead author of a letter states, “To the detriment of children, gender dysphoria has become sensationalized in the popular media and television with radical activists and entertainment companies.” Adding on, “This radical and sexual sensation not only harms children but also destabilizes and damages parental rights.”
The open letter demands the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board review its rating system, which has been in existence since 1997 as a guide for parents and families to determine what content is appropriate for their children.
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In a follow message of the open letter, Marshall’s office emphasized that the senators are concerned about gender dysphoria and “the promotion of cosmetic treatments.” The open letter claims that adults are harming and exploiting young audiences by showing LGBTQ characters.
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Marshall’s office shared four shows as their example of resonating with the concerns— Danger Force and Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and the upcoming Netflix’s Dead End: Paranormal Park animated series. Though the representatives did not specify the details about what they found offensive in these particular programs.