A few weeks ago, my five year-old daughter eagerly opened her Happy Meal from McDonald’s and pulled out the toy ‘Smurf’ she had been waiting on. When she opened it she looked up at me with a puzzled face and asked, “Is this a girl smurf?” I looked down, expecting to see ‘Smurfette’ but much to my surprise, she pulled out a ‘Vanity Smurf’ from the box.

'DJ Lance Rock' from Yo Gabba Gabba

After I explained to my daughter as best I could that ‘Vanity Smurf’ was really a boy, I began to think about how kids today are presented with images that are designed to blur the lines of sexuality. While the Smurfs have been around since I was a kid, many newer kid shows have built on the foundation laid by ‘Vanity Smurf.’ Characters like Spongebob Squarepants and the androgynous, ‘DJ Lance Rock’ from Yo Gabba Gabba highlight effeminate male characteristics that, I believe, serve as the entry point to openly introducing alternative lifestyles in the tween and teen years.

In fact, this systematic agenda was brought to the forefront recently when hundreds of people signed a petition for Sesame Street to officially recognize Ernie and Bert as a gay couple and have them get married on the show. On the heels of the New York legislature approving same-sex marriage in their state, advocacy groups decided the best way to push their agenda forward was to target a CHILDREN’S program!

Parents must be aware that children’s programs are now the primary battleground for the introduction of sexual themes and discussions. We cannot allow our TVs to educate our kids about such important issues. With the explosion of the internet age, our children are exposed to so much more than we ever imagined. It is our responsibility to guide the discussion regarding sex and sexuality in our homes – that should not be left up to PBS or Nickelodeon.

Parents must be proactive and protective. Watch what your kids watch. Take the time to sit through an entire episode or episodes and see if there are any veiled or overt references to sex or sexuality. If you feel that the content is mature or misleading…don’t allow them to watch that show.

Some may call that ‘old-fashioned.’ I call it ‘parenting.’ Just because the TV ratings say that it is approved for all audiences doesn’t mean that you have to approve it for your audience. Shows like Sesame Street should stick to educating kids about A’s and B’s…it is the responsibility of parents to teach them about the birds and the bees.

Months after the uproar about Ernie and Bert, Sesame Street was in the news once again this week because hackers replaced their YouTube channel with porn. I guess the message is clear: You can’t let your kids play in the street unattended…even if it is Sesame Street.

  1. April Lashon says:

    This blog hit home for me! Just last week I tried broaching this subject with my Daughter about Chat Bono! The line in the sand between males and females has been skewed by groups like ACLU, and GLAAD any one who lives by the moral code “to each his own”? Tolerance doesn’t mean I have to condone what everyone is doing!

  2. kingchicus says:

    I whole heartedly agree with what you are saying about today’s cartoons and how they are becoming a war zone for the homosexual agenda. I mean looney tunes has even become a cartoon I can’t let my kids watch. I think channels like Sprout do a good job of having shows that little kids can watch and you not have to really worry about the “agenda” being pushed onto the kids. It is a real shame that Sesame Street has to take a stance but for real lets not be fooled the homosexual and transgender agenda is well funded and organized so lets not be so naive when it comes to matters like these.

  3. Tim Ross says:

    I LOVE this blog. Thank you for writing it. There is a reason why it’s called the “gay AGENDA”.

    noun, formally a plural of agendum, but usually used as a singular with plural -das or -da.
    a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done, matters to be acted or voted upon, etc.: The chairman says we have a lengthy agenda this afternoon.

    There is indeed a list, plan, and outline of things to be done by this group: destroy families, decay morality, corrupt children.

    In the last 3 years my wife and I have stopped watching several of our favorite television sitcoms because of this agenda. The attack is two-pronged: 1. Desensitize adults to homosexual relationships (guys and girls) 2. Stir the curiosity of children at an age where they shouldn’t be processing sexuality at all.

    What many call “old-fashioned” I call GOOD STEWARDSHIP! Our children are our responsibility and it’s the parents that shape thought, not the parents television. When the bible told us to “train up a child” it did not give a list of recommended television programming. This is indeed our responsibility.

    Thank you again for writing this blog! I want my sons to know more scripture than they do nursery rhymes (and my 3 year old is doing it well).

    Many Blessings,


  4. Jeff says:

    Excellent reminder TWH.

    Many parents today are overly committed to jobs, hobbies, etc. and are letting their child’s mind be shaped by the “entertainment” industry. Make no mistake about it, they have an agenda of their own – to reshape the minds of young and old, in the name of “tolerance” and under the god of “political correctness.” Increasingly, they are using the techniques of evil that have been around since the beginning of time. That is to get people to question the Wisdom of God and to seek their own way, a way that leads to hopelessness, sin and death.


  5. Cynthia Russell says:

    I concur Pastor Hanchell!

    Kids today are so impressionable and if parents do not make sure what they are watching and feeding into their spirits, you are opening up gateways for all kind of unnecessary spiritual warfare. Just taught Sunday school about when the parents don’t train up their kids in the way they should go it is like asking for trouble. Samuel was our lesson text and how a mother can dedicate that child to the Lord from in her womb…kids can grow up and be excellent servants for the Lord, but it takes the parents guidance and direction.

  6. Wow. This is so true Pastor. These images are everywhere, and all too easy for our children to access. Gone are the days where we withhold information about what they see every day. We need to teach our children about holiness and how to live in a fallen world.

  7. Jone Reid says:

    Tejado and other parents, I’m so thankful you see this propaganda that’s being served to children. I’m praying parents stay diligent in explaining and pointing children to moral truths. Thanks for bring it to the forefront Tejado.

  8. primofjudah says:

    I like this post too mainly because I was just explaining to someone the other day I was watching a good old cartoon show when suddenly a girl was being raped! Like really?? I don’t know where this world is going but I know we need supernatural wisdom to be able to get through this. I’m glad I know this before I become a parent so that one day when I’m a mother I know just letting the kids watch AA rated cartoons is just not enough!

  9. Excellent article. This topic needs a national platform. Our children must be protected from the humanistic and immoral values that are being dumped on them. I agree that the responsibility remains with the parents to train our children,…a job that many have given to the tv and Internet, sad to say.

  10. Well written. As a young parent, this speaks to me on so many levels! Thank you.

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