Dear Ninja Turtles and Krang,
I realize you make money off of your extensive use of violence and comedy. Kids love your originality and your wicked sense of humor. Personally, I’m a huge fan of how goofy Michelangelo can be at times. I’m trying to teach my sons that they do not have to “fight with honor” at every turn, and that’s fine. It’s important for them to learn that television is just television and mimicking what they see on television is not a good idea.
However, I’m not sure that the use of “butt cannons” in the Krang really was necessary. In fact, I think you just ruined my life for a little while. My 7-year-old has now taken to pointing his rear end at me and saying “butt cannon” at the most inopportune times. My three-year old isn’t much better. He loves to egg him on. I had been trying to figure out why he suddenly started pointing his butt at people, and it wasn’t until he used that phrase that I figured it out. Of course, children with Autism often mimic what they see on television and other places. Three years olds (and boys) love butt humor. The comedy of the situation was too much for him to bear.
In church on Sunday, I had to bear witness to him pointing his butt at people and trying to show his hind-end at people with his “butt cannon,” which was so uncool. I must now attempt to teach to him he cannot do that in public. This is a difficult thing to do. Many people would tell me not to allow him to watch the show, but how can I do that and then have him socialize appropriately with his peers, who watch the show? What could he possibly talk to them about? How will he have common interests if he doesn’t watch what they watch?
Please. No more butt cannons. You’re in a kid’s show. Could you do something like…I don’t know…NOT THAT. He’ll copy anything he sees on your show. I just want to go and have a (somewhat) normal church experience without butt cannons interrupting.
Thanks Ninja Turtles and Krang!