Our television service provides a channel titled Baby First TV, which provides many different programs aimed at helping to develop children’s brains and grasping concepts like color and hide-and-go-seek. One such show is this one:
The tall one is called YoYo, and the small one is Peanut. These two clowns (ha!) show to emotions or concepts that are the opposite of one another, like wet and dry, etc. This premise is only mentioned in passing.
On one particular episode (which is only about 5 minutes), the fat one was chopping onions, which made him cry. He began sobbing and yelling “I’m crying!” while the thin one began laughing hysterically and yelling “I’m laughing!” So far so good, right? Well no.
The problem is I’m only half-watching these shows with the child, so I don’t really know what’s going on half the time (parenting, amiright?). I only began paying attention when I noticed one was crying and the other was laughing at the other one for being a huge pussy.
Anyone tuning in like I did at this moment would see one clown crying and one laughing at him because he’s a sociopath and doesn’t experience empathy.
Is this what we are teaching our children?