Iwould like to express my disappointment with the second episode of“The Hyena and Jewel” soap opera show, which often premiers onKendawals TV.
WhileI am an ardent fun of the show, I feel that a significant part ofthis episode displays scenes I would consider disturbing and the kindamount to the violation of legal requirements concerning protectionof child rights.
Inthis episode, the soap opera shows two actors, Ken and Charles, youngboys aged 13, falling in love with each other. The soap shows how thetwo boys meet it their elder cousin’s wedding and get attracted toeach other. The soap shows how, over time, the boys start meetingmore than often because they cannot help missing each other. The boysfantasize about their future relationships and even talk about theirplans to have a wedding party to formalize their union once they comeof age. However, perhaps the most annoying of all the scenes is theshowcase of the boys kissing each and engaging in sex. The incidencesof annoying sexual intercourse are prolonged. After the initialsexual intercourse, the urge of being next to each other grows sostrong that they start to free up time just to be next to each other.They abandon their daily chores and miss school often just to be witheach other. The report eventually reaches the parents, who indicatethey do not see any problem in their children relationship.
Iwatched this show with my child and I was very disturbed. I believethis scene could encourage immorality by not only legitimizing sex,but also same-sex relationships among underage children (Um461).You should do something!
Iwish to first thank you for being an ardent fan of our “The Hyenaand Jewel” soap opera show. The pleasure is always ours. It is alsopart our commitments to ensure that content we produce isentertaining to our audience and exclude content that will annoy ouraudience as much as possible. We also thank you for sharing yourconcerns with us.
Indeed,I have looked at the episode and acknowledge they contain suchscenes. However, I am afraid you have misunderstood the essence ofthe episode.
Thewhole point of featuring the incidence in the show was to mirror whatis happening in the current society, as well as make the audienceaware of these events.
Indeed,as Perrin(51)notes, the incidences of same-sex relationships are well ingrainedwithin the society and have not spared young children. The authornotes that the statistics children below 15 year of age engaging insame-sex relationships are documented and essentially reveal that assignificant a 13 percent of this group is involved in the gayrelationships. Of all these, only 20 percent have reported havingprotected sex — the rest indicated they had never heard aboutprotected sex. Besides, only 30 percent of the parents to these groupof children are aware that their children are engaging in suchrelationships (Draper358) Therefore, the essence of including such a content in the show is tomake the society aware of how adversely reckless the life teenagersare leading, with hope of evoking precautionary measures to minimizeharm.
Ifyou have any other concern about our view, feel free to share. Thankyou.
DearMr. /Mrs. Producer,
Thankyou for taking time to read and reply to my letter. I am satisfiedabout how you engage you fans and I urge to continue that way. Youpeople are awesome!
Ihave keenly gone through your letter and I understand the message youintended to communicate to the audience. However, I still have someconcerns about the episode events and would love to suggest somefurther editing to minimize misinterpretations about the message.
First,while I now find the episode’s message to be objective, I feel thatit could sufficiently achieve its purpose you made some editing bytoning down the provocative, prolonged incidence of kissing andsexual intercourse in the show. I really feel it would still bepossible to communicate the message even without these obsceneimages. Come on! There is a way you could do it. “The Dunging theJinning” is also my other favorite program with similar theme andis an example of how editors communicate the message without havesuch annoying images. I am sure you can borrow a leaf from it if youwatched.
Secondly,I would also like to bring you to attention of a scene in yourepisode on how the parents react upon learning that their children,Ken and Charles, were engaged in the same sex relationships at such atender age. In particular, one parent says “ow! So what is theproblem with my son expressing himself …me thought it was normal …I did the same when I was only 7 years old”. I truly believe such aremark does not send a good message. How is you editing thisstatements and replaced them with the parents rebuking their sons. Iam very sure that will still do much better communicating the standof the society against same-sex at young age and impart morals onteenagers.
Ifyou did the editing, I am sure many of us will not have a problemwatching the show with our children.
Iwish to thank you for writing us again and for your compliments. Ihave read your letter your letter and I now acknowledge that some ofthe scenes in the episode need to be edited to reflect the needs ofardent fans like you. I also wish to thank you for your sentimentsbecause it is through responsive viewers like you that we willimprove the program.
I have indeed been reflecting on the scenes in the episodes and reallybelieve that we featured many provocative scenes, as you say. I havealso gone ahead and watched “The Dunging the Jinning” and assureyou that the show was insightful benchmark. Your remarks on how Kenand Charles’ parents react upon learning what their children weredoing are also relevant because it has been show that media contentcould encourage anti-social behaviors (Winstead1).Wewill be recalling the program soon to make the changes.
Weregret our actions and invite to continue following the show sharingyour concerns any time because that is the only way we can alsoimprove our program.
Provocative images displayed by the two children
Provocation statements from parents
Thanks for the writing
Defensive view: Educations and awareness
Gratitude for replies
Provocative images displayed by the two children: Needs to remove the obscene images
Provocation statements from parents: Parents should be seen to be provocative rather than encourage early sex
Gratitude for reply
Edit to remove the provocative images
Edit to have the parents rebuke their children.
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