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Graphic animated child pornography is available on Netflix, streamed directly into your home and onto the devices used by your children.
That’s what the Parents Television and Media Council is arguing in a new report about the Netflix original cartoon series called “Big Mouth,” which the streaming service advertises as a 2021 Emmy nominee.
According to the report, a review of just 10 episodes (there are a total of 4 seasons with 41 episodes in the series) found significant graphic and explicit content and dialogue, including,
-“A child is held down and has a penis forced into his mouth.
-A minor exposes his scrotum.
-Minors are shown in a shower with erect penises.
-A child urinates on another child in a shower.
-A male minor character penetrates a female minor character with his fingers.
-A character suggests having sex with his own excrement and eating it.”
In addition to extensive explicit dialogue, those 10 episodes also included “17 instances of animated nudity, primarily depicting the genitals of middle-school boys and girls.”
The Parents Television and Media Group is demanding an investigation to determine whether this constitutes child pornography, which they believe is a pretty cut and dry case.
“We’re not just talking about the ‘I know it when I see it’ [Supreme Court] Justice Stewart Potter definition of pornography. Although I think Potter Stewart would agree that he would look at this and know it.” Winters says. “But when you look at most contemporary definitions of what pornography is — sexually-oriented material that is intended to pander and titillate — I think [Big Mouth] reaches that. The fact that it is children engaged in the pornographic content, I think renders it child pornography. It doesn’t necessarily have to be live action in order to be pornographic. You know, there have been pornographic cartoons for decades if not longer. So I truly believe that this reaches that level.”
Their case is even stronger considering that some of the cartoon’s own actors and creators are on record as wondering whether it constitutes child pornography. In a 2017 interview with GameSpot, creator Andrew Goldberg said,
“The question was asked, I think by [comedian] John Mulaney, on day one. He’s like, ‘Are we sure we’re not doing child pornography?’ And we really thought about it.”
Oh, you really thought about it, huh. Did you really.
I’m seeing a few major problems with this whole situation.
First of all, why in the world are major entertainment corporation seeing a market for animated cartoons depicting graphic sexual acts between prepubescent and young pubescent children? Is there really a market for that kind of content? Are there really enough interested viewers that it’s worth it for a company as huge as Netflix to create 41 episodes of that kind of content? I mean, graphic cartoon sex is a very specific pornography fetish. And underaged pornography is also a very specific and disgusting sexual fetish. So is there really a significant enough market for kiddie cartoon porn that Netflix thought it was worth the time, money, and potential backlash to produce and distribute it? If so, that explains a lot about our society today.
My second major issue has to do with children. The show is rated TV-MA and is intended for an adult audience because it contains explicit content and depicts graphic animated sex acts and nudity between prepubescent and pubescent children. Well, that’s the official line, anyway.
But how many kids who have Netflix downloaded onto their tablet, Xbox, Switch, laptop, phone, or TV will click on this show thinking it’s a kids show because it’s a cartoon? It’s got a bunch of cartoon kids on the cover photos and the trailers, so it’s not a stretch to assume that kids will mistake this as a kids show.
And this isn’t by accident.
I think the creators and distributors of this kind of graphic and explicit sexual content surely considered the possibility that children would inevitably watch it without realizing the maturity of the show. And these creators and distributors consciously decided it wasn’t their problem if kids watched this graphic cartoon assuming it was a kids show. In fact, that very distinct possibility probably factored into their decisions in creating the show the way they did.
The reality is that many of the producers and distributors of this kind of content vocally promote and support the hyper sexualization of children and society as a whole, and are actively engaged in normalizing graphic sexuality and eliminating traditional conservative values and morals. They are totally Ok with children “accidentally” seeing this kind of content because they want your children to be hyper sexualized and they want graphic sexuality to be normalized. So making content specifically designed to potentially entrap children and expose them to graphic sexuality is literally part of their occupational objectives.
Remember “Cuties?” And there are so many more examples of graphic and explicit sexual content being streamed directly into your home, whether you’re aware or not. These aren’t accidents. These aren’t shows that faced unforeseen backlash for unintended messages. These people are intentionally creating hyper sexual, explicit, graphic content that they think they can slip past people who aren’t paying enough attention.
Pay. Enough. Attention.
Assume that they are actively targeting your children and trying to undermine your morals and values by taking advantage of technology conveniences, human nature, and the innocence of children.
Because that’s exactly what they’re doing.