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Mr Rogers and the Obsession with him

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I have seen about 10 different articles like this one in just last month. There's a new movie about him, etc...

    Look, he was a great guy -- no doubt here -- loved kids and did things for them. But... When I was a kid watching him? I didn't. I mean, I would turn on the tv, shuffle around, and he was on. I never ever watched him because he was boring as shit.

    But hey, that's just me.
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  2. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    I remember one Saturday as my son was growing up. I found myself tense and could not figure out why. Then I realized they were running a Mr. Rogers marathon. That song was driving me up the wall. Took my son our for ice cream to save his life.
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  3. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    I felt the same way as I was well past his target age group when I first saw his show. Bob Garfield, an NPR host, once wrote a humor piece making note of the "wimp factor" of the show. He wrote: "Saint that he was, Fred was also very difficult to watch for many adults..."

    But I have developed a retrospective appreciation for him. I have read testimonials from people who were in horrible family environments, but Mr. Rogers would say to them that they were important and their feelings mattered. Imagine being a kid in a shitty family, perhaps physically abused, and Mr. Rogers comes on TV and tells you:

    Saint Fred

    His target audience was 3-6, and he examined every word in the script closely.

    Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

    So yeah, I would still be bored shitless if I watched his show today, but I get it.
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  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    For the record, I am not demonizing him. I felt that he was doing good for many kids, even back then. He just wasn't for me. In all honesty, he creeped the shit out of me.

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