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Parent your fucking kids…

I’m heading out in the morning to do all sorts of fun shit, first in NY and then in Jersey. I’m gonna be on The Howard Stern show Friday the 8th all morning, and then that night and Saturday night I’ll be at Rascals Comedy Club in West Orange, New Jersey.

I spent most of the day today talking to reporters about "Fear Factor" which debuts on Monday the 11th. Most of it was cool, but there were still quite a few annoying questions about kids copying the stunts and getting hurt (ala Jackass). First off, it’s not likely to be a problem on "Fear Factor" because most of the stunts require heavy machinery, helicopters or speeding semi-trucks. So unless your kid has a Hollywood stunt crew at his disposal I really can’t see him trying to duplicate this shit.

Most importantly though, I really want to know when people are gonna stand up and take responsibility for taking care of their own fucking kids and stop blaming the "media" for your little Tommy being a dope. "The Media" is just a bunch of people doing things, and "The Public" is just a bunch of people watching them.

That’s it. If you see some idiot slamming his head into the side of the bus and you try it and you get hurt, can you sue him? Of course not.

So if this idiot does it on TV what’s the difference?

There is none.

Now, if you’re a grown adult with a well functioning mind, there’s virtually no danger of you ever trying to copy someone on TV doing stupid shit, right? BUT, there is a danger of an unsupervised, poorly guided child imitating the same thing, right? So what does that tell you? It tell you that the kid isn’t DONE yet. He still has much to learn and figure out, and YOU as a parent have much to teach him.

YOU. YOU chose to have kids, and they are YOUR responsibility. YOU. Not MTV, or Quake 3, or "Fear Factor."

PERIOD.

It’s called parenting.

People on TV are just that, people. And no human being should be responsible for another human beings actions. Especially when there’s all sorts of "Don’t try this at home" disclaimers. It’s time that people stop using this key word "media" to automatically apply responsibility.

It’s called teaching your child lessons about life, and explaining to him or her what is wrong and what is right. And guess what… if he comes out wrong it’s because YOU fucked up. I don’t care that you work 50 hours a week and don’t have the time to spend with them. Make time. You’re a parent. Talk to your kids, help to mold them, guide them. It’s your responsibility. TV is not a baby-sitter, it’s entertainment. And if you don’t think you’re kid can properly judge what’s dangerous and what’s not, maybe you need to spend some more time with him going over shit. And if he shoots up the high school, don’t blame it on a fucking video game. I gotta stand up and applaud this ruling here where a Judge sentenced these kids to read 12 classic books and write book reports every two weeks for running over their friend while trying to imitate another jack ass stunt.

Whoever that Judge is, I just have to say RIGHT THE FUCK ON. I just wish that he also sentenced the parents to read 12 parenting books as well. You can watch the little idiots here. They were filming it to try to get on Jackass, even though it CLEARLY states in the opening disclaimer for the show that they will NOT take viewer submitted videos.

Doh! Start reading, morons.

I’m sure this is just the beginning of this shitstorm before we as a society come to our senses on this notion of responsibility, so for now I’ll just leave it at that.

See you all in Jersey.