Media produced for children often has strict regulations and parental controls in order to assure it contains appropriate content for children. However, with the surge of LGBT awareness over the past few years, some may say that there is an up and coming need for adaptation in TV shows, movies, etc. not only for adults, but for children as well, to be more inclusive of the gay community. In an article titled “Are ‘Gay Moments’ in ‘Beauty’ and ‘Power Rangers’ Progress?”, this change in media content is discussed. As the title of the article states, there is debate over whether or not some scenes in Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast contain “gay moments” and if these moments are seen as progress in the entertainment business. As the article discusses these moments were seen when “Sulu can be seen hugging a man, LeFou winks at Gaston and later dances with a man, and Trini fails to answer a flirty question about whether she’s having “boyfriend problems”… or “girlfriend problems?”
The fact that there is debate over the content shown in these children movies demonstrates an important discussion of our class- childhood innocence. Childhood innocence is attempted to be controlled through the content our society deems as acceptable for children to watch. By monitoring the content of media for children, I believe our society is trying to preserve childhood innocence. With the possibility of the increase in gay culture presented in children’s movies, some may argue that this is creating a new definition of what childhood innocence means in our society by broadening the spectrum of age-appropriate material in the content children view. On p.127 of the keywords essay on innocence, the author states that the idea of saying childhood is innocent is potentially harmful. I think this statement relates to my article because sheltering children, not only from the gay community in media but other things as well, can ultimately be harmful in the sense that they will be less aware and possibly less accepting of diversity when they reach adulthood. In support of the author, I agree that saying childhood is innocent can be potentially harmful because we may be sheltering children from learning and experiences that help them understand our world and different cultures.