A parents’ media accountability group has issued a lengthy call to investigate the Netflix program “Big Mouth” over concerns the program could be legally considered child pornography.
The animated show, which is rated TV-MA, centers around a group of 12- and 13-year-old characters as they begin to experience puberty and has long been a subject of Elizabeth Johnston’s scrutiny over these very same concerns.
The Parents Television and Media Council now argues in a report that the usage of foul language and animated full-frontal nudity of characters meant to be well under the age of 18 qualify legally as child pornography and should be treated as such.
“Programs like ‘The Wonder Years’ and ‘Lizzie McGuire’ were commercially successful; and both were uplifting, lighthearted, family-friendly programs that centered on the lives of children going through that very same awkward period,” the group stated in their report.
“It depicts 12 and 13-year-old children masturbating. It depicts 12 and 13-year-old children in sexual situations, engaging in sexual dialogue the likes of which the PTC has never documented on any television program or television distribution platform,” it reads.
“Depicting the full-frontal nudity of little boys — some with erections, no less — can only be intended to shock, titillate, and pander to the viewer,” the report states. “Such material falls squarely within most definitions of pornography. And inasmuch as it features children, we believe this qualifies as child pornography.”
“It should shock the conscience to see children sexually exploited for the sake of entertainment and financial profit, as they are on Big Mouth,” the scathing report also stated.
And were it only full-frontal nudity, it would be unsettling enough already.
But it’s not. The details of the group’s report describing various real and imagined hardcore, pornographic scenes, multiple sickening references to engaging in sexual acts with adults, and descriptions of all manner of perverse, graphic sexual acts.
It’s positively sickening and again, all centers around children.
It goes without saying that this isn’t remotely appropriate for young children and the show’s creators insist it is for adults — yet it’s not remotely appropriate for adults to watch, let alone write, animate, record voice acting for, produce, promote, and profit from this indescribably disgusting smut.
This show may not exploit any real-life children, but how can anyone defend consuming animating such graphic sexual content involving children?
“Seeing children used in this way for the entertainment of adults violates our sensibilities, especially when, across the nation and around the world, sexual assault is spiking, and women and children are being held in sexual bondage,” the group declared.
“We would have thought that Hollywood, following on the heels of its reckoning with the #MeToo movement, would eschew the production and distribution of programming that centers on sexual exploitation.”
The group is calling on Netflix to remove the program and law enforcement to investigate if child pornography laws have been broken.
“With the publication of this report, the Parents Television and Media Council formally calls on Netflix to cease its practice of sexually exploiting children for entertainment and profit, and to remove Big Mouth from its distribution platform,” the group concludes.
“We call on local, state and federal law enforcement to determine whether child pornography laws have been broken; and if they were, to levy criminal charges against those who produced and distributed the program,” they state.
We most certainly echo that call.
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