Mixed Messages

Why is Nickelodeon, a trusted childrens’ television network, being so irresponsible? Nickelodeon, an MTV Network, is in 287.6 million households in 162 territories around the world. What kind of message is this sending to children around the world? What would send a more resonant message?

What’s worse—Oprah devoting an episode to domestic abuse, or Nickelodeon disqualifying Chris Brown from partaking in the Kids’ Choice Awards? The latter would hurt his pockets because children makeup a large segment of his fan base. And money, after all, is religion is this society.

“Like all our KCA nominees, Chris Brown was nominated by kids several months ago based on his body of work as a performer, and the kids who vote will ultimately decide who wins in the category,” Dan Martinsen, Nickelodeon spokesman, told the Associated Press. Nickelodeon has an opportunity to make a real statement here—the real choice should be left to them, not kids.

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