Entertainment or Corruption?

‘It is difficult to like everybody’s sense of humour’. Yet some things are sure to make you laugh. Wondering what could they be? I believe cartoons are surely the funniest. Vibrant colours, vigorous mobile pictures and the niche to make one laugh are a commendable achievement by the animation world.

Cartoons have become an integral part of a child’s life. These have helped them to recognize colours, characters and even groove to their whacky sounds.

Mickey Mouse, a fantastic series and the lord of all cartoon series, Tom & Jerry, Popeye and many more have been creating a rage throughout generations. However, in recent times a new cartoon series has captured all young hearts. Shinchan, an upcoming cartoon strip in Hungama TV has created a stir throughout India. It is a Japanese series in its entity written by Yoshito Usui. The series follows the antics of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his parents, neighbors, friends, dog and many others. The series is set in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. It is presented on Indian television, dubbed in Hindi.

Shinchan is a five-year-old who is extremely, mischievous, funny, yet amazingly witty. His pranks of driving his mother, father and friends crazy, throws everyone in fits of uncontrollable laughter. Apparently, when we watch Shinchan, we will find it humorous and logical. Yet, his comments are outrageous for a child’s viewing. The anime is full of risqué humor, sexual innuendo, and frequent moderate profanity. These kinds of constituents for a children’s show is not at all apt. While the storylines contain sexually flavored humor, they are more for the adolescent age group.

Shinchan has been portrayed as an ill-mannered, undisciplined child who always throws tantrums. This kind of character portrayal has the immense potential of building a negative character among the innocent children who do not have the maturity to judge between the good and bad. Cartoons easily attract a child for its vibrancy and picturesqueness, yet they create a deep impression among them. Shilpa Rathour, a house maker, when asked stated “My daughter is addicted to this series, but she behaves more than her age. She is unmanageable and tries to imitate Shinchan”. Pratyusha Nandy, a content writer avers “It is no doubt an entertaining series, but more for adult viewing. Shinchan behaves hostile and more than the age in which he has been portrayed.” The series is quite cute but can lead to a corrupting influence on children. The content of the series is terrible. Children are naughty but not misbehaved and do not insult their mothers. Shinchan teaches children how to insult one’s mother and how to misbehave. Somehow, all his bad acts get telecasted as the ‘right deeds’.

Censor Board of India should understand what a grave situation this series can create. It should put its foot down firmly and strictly scrutinize the contents of a series before telecasting in child oriented channels. Children are the epitome of a nation’s success and it is our joint effort which can give them a bright future.

Sridatta Gupta

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