!@#$%&

31 Mar

So, my fiance had sent me a video of seven year-olds in a school play, acting out a very violent scene from the movie “Scarface”.  I posted it, but then removed it because I don’t want to give them more publicity than they deserve (none, IMO).  Viral marketing video or not (thanks fitforakid), anybody who exposed these children to the themes in the movie should be arrested and sent to jail for child endangerment and for being a menace to society.  Sick, sick, sick.

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6 Responses to “!@#$%&”

  1. Sands March 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    What?????????

  2. fitforakid March 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Where could this possibly be?? And why are they sitting there in the audience watching this. We don’t even have water guns in the house. We call them water sprayers when other kids have them – not working so well with the 4.5 year old anymore – I think he has caught on.

  3. fitforakid March 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Just read a comment on youtube that it is a viral marketing video… not sure what they are marketing. I don’t remember any product placement throughout.

    • hb March 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

      Watching the interview of the creator of this thing, and his agent, it is clear that both are shamelessly self-promotional, and are simply prostituting* themselves as wanna-be (yet, at best, lame) “marketers”. [*prostitute: verb, transitive: put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal or financial gain.] It is the world’s oldest profession, for both men and women. Both individuals confirm in their interview that they are completely devoid of morals with regards to their interactions with children. There are many in the world like this.

      The most scary thing for me here is that the (presumably, normal?) parents of the children involved don’t have automatic reflex reactions that there is something terribly wrong going on. If this creep walked up to their children and slapped them in the face, they would have such a reflex reaction. If instead he gives them pretend weapons and directs them to pretend swear and to pretend to demoralize themselves, the parents (at least, those involved in this incident) are entertained, and go along with it, telling their kids to take part and follow instructions. They don’t immediately connect how these experiences lead to the acceptance of such corruption and flagrant violence, the joining of the militias, the shootings at schools, etc. etc. etc.

      I very much appreciate the (difficult) efforts on the part of countless educators and responsible parents, such as those who read this blog page, to discourage the tendencies for children to pretend swear, to pretend kill, and to pretend to demoralize themselves, as these children (tomorrows leaders) explore how the world works and seek the role that they will play within it. My hat is off to the writer of this blog page, and to all of her frequent readers, for their incredible efforts.

      There will always be the force of the good and the force of the evil and corrupt in this world. I strongly believe that children inherently prefer to nurture the good side, when it is made available to them in an accessible and interesting way. I believe one of our jobs as educators is to make the force of good accessible and fun, both for kids and for their parents.

      The web gives the voice of the corrupt a pulpit, but it also gives the voice of good a pulpit (e.g., this blog page). What I take away from this incident is that the corrupt have, due to the immediate and large financial gains possible, learned perhaps better than the non-corrupt to use the web to make their voice heard on the very scale. So my question is, how can the voice of good (with regard to child-rearing) reach an audience of a similar scale, leveraging this new medium effectively on this scale?

      I think we should fight fire with fire. I’m thinking of perhaps a new effort in developing and delivering hard-hitting youtube videos that offset atrocities like this, using, e.g., clips from this video, together with those from columbine, etc, to point out how incredibly wrong the acceptance of such entertainment is, … that parents need to retrain their reflexes to bring a new generation into this world that will turn our direction around as a society. I think such videos could be developed in a way that awakens people without “preaching” at those who, at first, aren’t necessarily tuning in to hear such a message. The best point of comparison I can think of at the moment is Annie Leonard’s effective videos (see http://www.storyofstuff.com/ – great work!). Perhaps 1 to 2 minute videos that deliver more focused, forthright messages might also have a broad impact.

      So… anybody here have talents at video and want to strike back? 🙂

      – hb, aka, Pilar’s fiance

  4. fitforakid March 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    In case you’re interested, here is a video interview of the creators. http://ow.ly/1t8nZ

  5. EV March 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    One of the parents I work with has a nearly 4 year old who is EXTREMELY active. They are very careful what he sees because he assimilates what ever the actions are – not the context, feelings, or “niceness” at all. He came home from an AMI Montessori school and began to act out Star Wars.

    Now, he has never seen Star Wars – not even on TV etc. He announced he wanted a Star Wars birthday party and began to kick his sister. Mom asked him to explain to her what Stars Wars was. Crickets chirped. Finally, “I don’t know but Bobby taught me all about it at school.” Mom was so frustrated.

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