Nickelodeon, an American cable and satellite TV network targeting kids and teens, has ‘made history’ by introducing its first animated “gay married” couple into the series The Loud House, whose main character is Lincoln Loud, an 11-year-old boy who has 10 sisters.
The controversial episode features a plot where Lincoln and his friend, Clyde McBride, are waiting to have a sleepover at Lincoln’s house. Without attempting to cover their thoughts, Nickelodeon has Lincoln shout “time to make history!” right before he opens the door, revealing Clyde standing there with his two “dads”.
Lifesite News covered the story, and also pointed out that Nickelodeon’s propagation of LGBTI lifestyles is unfortunately, not the first instance a children’s television show that has pushed such propaganda:
Owned by Viacom Media Network, Nickelodeon targets children ages 2 to 17. It has already introduced a lesbian couple in the 2014 online finale of The Legend of Korra.
But Nickelodeon’s allegedly historic moment is certainly not the first time a homosexual couple as parents have appeared on kids’ TV show: Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie featured a similar scenario in 2014, when a main character opens the door to welcome a little girl coming over for a playdate with her daughter to reveal a lesbian couple.
And Cartoon Network, a cable and satellite TV channel owned by Time Warner through the Turner Broadcasting System, premiered Clarence in 2014, which had main character raised by two moms and featured an episode in which two men kiss on the cheek. Cartoon Network also airs the “genderqueer” cartoons Stephen Universe and Adventure Time.
Jeff Johnston, an issues analyst from Focus on the Family, warned that this increase in depictions of same-sex marriage and LGBTI narratives would undoubtedly follow the Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage. One of the more disturbing consequences of legalising same-sex marriage is how the LGBTI agenda leverages its power to impose their beliefs on impressionable children through a popular, highly accessible medium:
[A]s the American Pediatric Association noted in 2013, “the average 8-year-old” will log up to eight hours a day in front of electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Johnston urged parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children’s viewing.
“[T]elevision shows, books, and movies with sexually-confusing messages … introduce children to falsehoods and immorality, and they create confusion and insecurity,” he said. “Children are not equipped to handle these adult themes.”
We must ask ourselves is this really what we want for our children? Do we want a radical minority group imposing their beliefs on our children, instilling in our children at young ages what LGBTI groups decide should be “normal”? Or, do we want the freedom to teach our children - when we believe they are ready - what constitutes “normal”?
Legalising same-sex marriage will have far-reaching repercussions. Undoubtedly, one such consequence will be the exposure of our children to LGBTI lifestyles and ideals, whether we or our children want it or not.