Celeb Kids and Television

Celebrity parents tend to ban their children from watching TV, why?


Celebrity Kids and TV

Who bans TV? Why TV and movie stars of course!

-Stephanie Elliot

Brad Pitt with Angelina Jolie and kidsThey are actors on TV. They make their livelihood on THAT screen. They clothe and feed their children with money made from the movies and television shows they star in, yet they don’t approve of their children watching TV?

I’m not into that.

It just bothers me. And I’m not sure why.

Brad Pitt says his kids don’t watch commercials because “it makes them beg.” Beg for what? What could his children possibly NEED TO BEG FOR?

He says his kids don’t ask for big gifts (WAIT, didn’t he just say they BEG?) because they don’t watch a lot of the American cartoon TV, “which is packed with all those manipulative commercials for big toys that look so fantastic.” I will certainly be the first to agree that there are far too many commercials during those great American cartoons.

I hate it when my kids are watching TV and all I hear is, “Mom, I want that! I want that! Can I put that on my list too, MOM!?”

But, what’s with Angelina taking Maddox out on a shopping spree for all these glorious toys?

Angelina Jolie with Maddox

Possibly they were delivering these to Nambia?

Tom Cruise doesn’t allow television for his children or computer games, yet they are encouraged to read anything they want and listen to music. They’re also allowed to see the occasional movie (I wonder if they’ve seen Dad in the famous Risky Business “El” train scene?)

Madonna says, “TV is trash.” Hey, she was raised without it, and look she turned out just fine. She’s got two divorces under her belt and three children from three different fathers. I’m sure it was all because she grew up without television! And Michael Jackson does not allow his children, Paris, Prince and “Blanket” to watch either. ‘Nuff said?

Most of these celebrity parents state that their children are not deprived because of the lack of television. OF COURSE NOT! They are jetting off to tropical islands and faraway exotic destinations. They are traveling the world, gaining experiences most adults can only dream of. These children don’t need the fantasy of an underwater sponge to take them away from third grade homework for a half an hour.

And if I wasn’t sure about president elect Barack Obama previously, you can bet I am now. In an Entertainment Weekly interview he said he and Michelle let Malia and Sasha watch television. They are fans of Hannah Montana, Drake & Josh, and other Nickelodeon and Disney shows. “And I have to say,” Obama adds, “SpongeBob is pretty funny.”

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea, Mr. Future President?

Stephanie Elliot is Betty’s parenting editor and doesn’t limit her kids’ TV time because she’s cool like that. Check out her blog at manicmommy.blogspot.com.

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5 thoughts on “Celeb Kids and Television

  1. I see nothing wrong with denying their children television, it’s just the reasoning that is stupid when they splurge on toys anyway. Horrible article, though. The little jabs aren’t funny or cute.

  2. This article is badly written, and I’m not talking about spelling. What Pitt meant was that he doesn’t like when his kids to constantly ask for things AKA begging…you know, what you wrote about your children. Just because you don’t limit your kids TV time, doesn’t mean you’re cool. It means you think the TV set is a babysitter. Also, people who divorce and have children from different parents makes them unstable? What about those single mothers? I think you need to re-educate yourself in parenting, manicmommy. What makes you sure about our President-Elect? I didn’t get that one either.

  3. This is a horribly written article. I have no idea how this got through any quality control or editing. It’s not funny, it just sounds like you grabbed a couple of quotes off some interview somewhere and decided to make up your own opinion of it. That’s great journalism right there.

    Maybe you need to cut down on your own television viewing, pick up a book and actually learn a few things like grammar, editing, wit and the art of how to structure an article. It’s really not that difficult.

    You also might want to get off your pedestal because letting your kids watch tv because your “cool like that” doesn’t necessarily mean your better than any other parent out there. It just means that your views are different from theirs.

  4. I don't get the point of this article at all. I think the reason that these celebrity parents don't let their kids watch tv is because they know more than anyone else just how much trash is being bombarded at our kids on a daily basis. I don't see how this could even make these parents bad or the writer good for letting her kids watch tv (and Obama a better president???). this article just reads silly to me. i got rid of my cable ages ago – nothing but crap – why would I pay to have large corporations constantly try to sell me stuff? Im happy to say I don't watch cable – I have netflix and I keep the parental controls on – no television in the bedrooms either. Best decision I made and it saves me a lot of money.

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