I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this blog, you aren’t offended easily. Since I know you have such an open mind, I will share my thoughts with you on the Netflix show, Big Mouth.
Originally, the show wasn’t even on my radar as a series I needed to see. I’m so far behind on my T.V. education that it would horrify you. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Outlander, The Vampire Diaries – all shows that I have never watched. I had heard my grown kids say they found Big Mouth funny, but I didn’t really pay attention until a few mommy bloggers started calling for a boycott of Netflix due to the inappropriate content – then I had to watch it. If you watch the trailer on YouTube, the comments range from general disqust to an absolute plethora of Jew bashing that I don’t wish to perpetuate by putting it into print on this site. Some outraged people even went so far as to suggest that only pedophiles would watch this show because it’s dealing with teenagers going through puberty. This seems like a bit of a stretch, since if I remember correctly, we all went through puberty. I watched the show and LOVED it! I’m not sure if everyone forgets, but puberty was a bitch, white shorts and all. I wish that when I was going through it and dealing with the dreaded ‘hormone monster,’ that there was a show like this on t.v. Hell, I wish it was on t.v. when my kids were going through puberty so we could watch it together and they would know that whatever shit they were dealing with, that they weren’t alone. Popping a boner in class, jizzing in your pants at the high school dance, thinking your gay…. All perfectly normal. Wait though, now that I think about it, we had Degrassi High with teenage sex, pregnancy and everything else. It just wasn’t a cartoon.
And to all the parents out there who are horrified that their little kids might watch it by accident because it’s a cartoon, might I suggest some good old supervision? I’m not saying that my opinion is the only acceptable one out there, but I think we need to spend some time with our minds and ears open and not be so quick to light the torches. If it’s not your thing, at least you can be part of a respectful debate with someone of an opposing opinion. Just because someone finds a piece of art or entertainment offensive doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t exist. ~C.U.NextTuesday, R.Dolly