I had a really disturbing experience over the weekend.
I was over at a friend’s house this weekend, and on their TV, they had playing (for their toddler) a YouTube-curated playlist of children’s programming, in order to occupy him while the “grown ups” chatted. Children’s channels on YouTube are gifts from Above for parents, as it will instantly captivate a child’s attention. It has the power to stop tears, get them to eat, distract them on an airplane, kill some extra time, etc.
Everything from Baby Shark to The Wiggles to Disney Princesses, to Blue’s Clues is on this playlist. It even will broadcast “livestream-style” so the child will always have new programming.
Well, you can imagine our shock when a literal cartoon drag queen started singing with “Blue” – of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues – about queer, non-binary and trans families, set at an LGBTQIA+ Pride parade.
This song — with sing-a-long highlighted lyrics, just so you didn’t miss it — was targeting children.
Introducing them to terms like…
I even had to google what “ACE” was…
And it’s “asexual.”
Good thing a toddler will know what that is before I do!
Watching this just randomly come on the TV, with Blue and this barrel-chested drag queen spewing this LGBT agenda…it was bone chilling.
And I’m not being dramatic.
It was terrifying.
Imagine as a parent, having to explain what a drag queen is to a TODDLER.
This is grooming 101.
I was deeply unsettled.
Why on God’s green earth are we teaching toddlers about alternative sexual lifestyles?
It is absolutely baffling to me. Not just the utter confusion this sews for a child…questioning why this rainbow woman who sounds like a man is saying that families can have two mommies, or what a “non-binary baba” is. But the predation on the innocence of our children is enough to make me break out the torches and pitch forks. Shame on you, Nickelodeon, and its parent company, Paramount.
I couldn’t get this 4-minute song visual out of my head all weekend. The catchiness of the tune, the manipulative imagery they used to captivate a child, the message behind it. It haunted me.
Until Monday morning. When I was jolted into reality by something even more disturbing.
Enter: Generation Drag. A new Discovery+ show (owned by Warner Brothers, and produced by Tyra Banks), that follows TEENAGERS as they prepare for Dragutante, a drag ball for queer teens in Colorado, ages 8-18.
I stomached my way through the entire trailer, and came away feeling so sad for these children.
They’re being paraded around by society — and their parents — as these brave examples of acceptance and expression, when the reality is that they are being over-sexualized, hyper-feminized, and groomed into a pedophile’s fantasy.
Since when have we started celebrating an under-age teenage boy wearing women’s dominatrix cage-lingerie, and performing provocatively for adults?
This is child abuse.
This is absolute sexual predation on children.
And it sickens me to my core. I am absolutely disgusted that is not only just happening out in the world…but that it’s being celebrated on TV, and implanted into the young, impressionable minds of our children.
There was one part of the trailer where our 9 or ten year old hero boy, who is shown in an inappropriately short pink tennis skirt while shopping for furry pink platform boots with his father, is shown saying, “Oh God, this is happening…” in exactly the voice you’re probably hearing in your head: a valley girl, taking the Lord’s name in vein while flipping her wrist and rolling her eyes.
And as I heard it, in my mind I prayed, “Oh God, this is happening.”
Lord, protect these children. Protect the minds of those children who see and hear this, and fill their hearts with Your love, and their minds with Your truth.
Your truth about who they really are: their true identity as a son or a daughter of God, infinitely loved by a God who made them in His image: male or female.
A God who delights so boundlessly in us, and created us each unique, special and a reflection of our Creator.
All of this wedding preparation I have been doing here recently, has unintentionally got me day dreaming about life “down-the-road” with my then-will-be-husband: having children, what they will look like, how many God will give us, watching them grow up.
And I’ve gotta tell ya — the thought of bringing children into this current world, where they will be the zeroed in target for radical agendas that not only completely contradict Christian, family values, but label anyone who holds traditional Christian values as bigoted, backwards, phobic people….it scares the living daylights out of me.
I can’t dwell on that thought too much, because it is so disheartening.
We’re watching the world completely deteriorate around us: from backlash over the Parental Rights in Education Bill, to Disney unabashedly trying to insert their “queer agenda” wherever they can into children’s programming. (Info from a leaked audio conference call from a Disney producer.)
There is a battle out there over the souls of the most vulnerable: our children.
Lord, give us strength to withstand the fiery arrows from the enemy, and from those who seek to strip the world of your Truth.
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