As we all sat around watching Super Bowl last Sunday, and I watched the commercials, I couldn’t help but cringe every time an inappropriate commercial came on. I wouldn’t even care so much if the kids around the country weren’t watching it, including my 5 and 11-year-olds. The occasional skin-clad twenty-year-old models, and sexual references are nothing new to advertising, and as the parents we expect it by now, and try to shield our children as best as we can. But when you are raising boys who want to watch the Super Bowl with their Dad, how do you protect them from watching other things that are projected on the screen?
I am not even talking about the commercials, since we are all used to the negative images in them. I’m sure I am not the only parent that have had to explain to my 5-year-old what an Erectile Dysfunction is, and why its so bad if you have an Erection that lasts for more than 4 hours. (He knows that he needs to call 911 or get to a hospital immediately). But what do I tell both of my kids when the announcer on Fox Sports starts talking about Ben Roethlisberger raping a girl last summer? Why do they need to talk about that during the game? And what do I tell my boys?
“Kids, see that giant, steroid-driven, scary-looking number 7 Quarterback? Well, what the announcer was trying to say is that he “ALLEGEDLY” raped a girl in a bar. Oh, you don’t know what rape means, or the word ‘allegedly’? I am so glad that Troy Aikman decided to bring that up during the Super Bowl game when kids are watching it too! Let’s thank Mr. Aikman, kids. Rape means that a person is forcing you to have sex with them. Oh, that’s right you are just starting to learn about sex. Are you confused? Don’t get upset because you don’t understand why a person would force a woman to have sex with them. I know its hard to enjoy the game now, and you keep thinking about that poor woman. But, she is alright now, she is very rich after the incident.”
I would personally like to thank Troy Aikman and Joe Buck for not only educating my kids about the immoral football players, as well as opening a can of worms that I was hoping not to have to deal with until my boys were mentally capable of dealing with it when they were much older, but also teaching my kids a very valuable lesson: