What were you thinking, Animal Planet?
On Friday night, I sat down with my kids, ages 11 and 7, to catch an episode of Tanked. My son, 11, loves Tanked and all the amazing fish tanks displayed on the show.
Slightly before 8pm, during a commercial break, Animal Planet decides it was the perfect time to run an ad for “Big Driver”, a hellacious TV movie on Lifetime about some murderer who tortures women before killing them.
Yup, Animal Planet, that’s a brilliant, brilliant plan!
As a bloodied, tortured woman runs across the screen, I screamed at my kids to duck and cover. They assumed the fetal position with their hands over their eyes. My son cries out, “Tell me when it’s over!”
Well, let me just wait til I’m sure it’s over kids.
Okay, there’s a bloody woman running for her life on the street. Now the bloody woman is running for her life in the woods. Okay, now the bloody woman is being dragged through water across what looks like dead female corpses. Okay, now there’s a gun. Then some knives. Okay, there’s a scary huge guy who hurts women, and SO ON.
After what feels like an eternity, I give the all clear.
Then My kids and I finish watching the program about awesome fish tanks.
WTH, Animal Planet?!?
But that’s not all.
Saturday morning dawns and my family finds an adorable, family-friendly show on Animal Planet. We catch two episodes of “World’s Cutest Cats” between 10 am and noon. Lo and behold, at 11:53 am on a Saturday morning, during a show filled with fluffy kittens doing pratfalls and adorable antics, Animal Planet plays the freakin’ “Big Driver” promo again with all its bloody women, scary guy, knives and guns glory.
So I ask, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ANIMAL PLANET? Do you want me to watch your fluffy kitten and fish tank programming, which seems appropriate for kids, or NOT? Because if you keep showing inappropriate, dare I say it evil promos about a movie that no child on earth should see, then I will boycott Animal Planet in my house and warn all other families to do the same!
Phew. I’m glad I got that off my chest.
What about you? Do you notice inappropriate ads during kids’ programming? What do you think of Animal Planet’s actions?
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