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The Simpsons(TM): Nightmare role models or positive influences?

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'The Simpsons': Nightmare role models or positive influences? Rude, mischievous and irresponsible. The Simpsons have been destroying children's lives for years. Suppose to be a role model? Children are mimicking episodes and think that it is the right thing to do. Should this be happening? Episode after episode some sort of violence is occurring; killing, beating, mugging, stealing or foul language, and the ridiculous thing is, is that it is meant to be funny! Children shouldn't be brought up in this way or they will not know right from wrong. We are the ones who can stop children ruing their lives by ending up imprison, so we should make a move now. The Simpsons was first created by cartoonist Matt Groening, and was first screened on 14th January 1990. It has become one of the worlds most watched and talked about programmes. Its first year on air overtook the most popular sitcom on television the Cosby Show, capturing 24 million viewers each week. ...read more.

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The character, Homer has the most negative influence on the audience. In every episode, Homer is always strangling Bart if Bart makes him angry. Homer shows aggression and promotes violence by using it to resolve his problems. This would then encourage children to also use violent behaviour if something does not go their way or someone makes them angry. In the episode 'Lisa's first word' Homer is very rude towards people that he dislikes or has a problem with. When another character annoyed Homer and proved him wrong Homer tells him to "kiss my hairy yellow ass". Homer resolved this very immaturely instead of handling like an adult by rationally talking and saying his point of view. By being rude this would encourage children to also resolve their problems by talking rudely, which may offend people, rather than telling someone what has happened, or even ignoring what they have said because they might be trying to provoke them to get the reaction they want. ...read more.

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Flanders may also help to influence young children to be polite, respect everyone and to love and take care of their family. In conclusion I feel that the Simpsons have a negative effect on the viewers. I believe that most of the characters are immature, rude and aggressive. This sort of behaviour has major consequences as young children, who do not know right from wrong, will imitate what they see. The reason why people copy the Simpsons is because they portray the actions of the characters as being comical, and they do not show the penalty of doing these actions. Children will then copy this, not knowing what will happen after, not realising that it is very serious. The Simpsons also demonstrates a lot of bullying. I feel this type of behaviour is unacceptable as children do get bullied in real life, so programmes should be showing resolutions to this, rather than promote and encourage it to the bullies. This can lead to serious effects as people can get brutally beaten or abused. The Simpsons hugely effects the behaviour of people especially children, and I think this is wrong. ...read more.

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