A Fox News report on how sexy, violent comics are corrupting our youth is ruffling some feathers today.
The piece originally aired on Fox’s Washington DC outlet and found reporter Sherri Ly tut tutting over RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 and CATWOMAN #1 as if they just came out and were still on sale. JESUS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS?
You can watch above or read a transcript of the whole thing. Ly brings in a child psychologist who warns: “It’s sort of like a fictionalized Playboy for kids at its worst,” said Neil Bernstein, Ph.D., a child psychologist and author of “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble.”
Ly then takes these T for teen rated (16+) comics down to a middle school and practically rubs the kids’ noses in Catwoman’s o-face. The result is incredibly awkward:
“There’s a lot of sexual activity,” Diego Meneses said immediately after looking at an edition of Catwoman.
It should be pointed out that this child appears to be about 12 or 13.
Another lad desperately tries not to look at the boobs while casting about for some design critique:
“It looks pretty awesome. It has a lot of colors … It’s pretty creepy to look at, but not too much,” he said.
The piece ends with some dire “you need to know what your children are doing” advice from the anchor, but our advice is to keep your children away from Fox 5 anchor Sherri Ly as she is going around showing them pictures of Catwoman having sex!
Metro DC comics chain Big Planet’s Jared Smith appears for the defense although he mostly seems to be saying that these comics aren’t for kids but that his store has a wholesome children’s section.
Fear of a new Wertham arising to take us back to the Stone Age has subsided in recent years — and the comments below various versions of this story are filled with people laughing at the idea that kids would be interested in DC comics rather than alarmed parents. However, you never know what people are going to get all het up about. Just in case, the CBLDF has spun aCBLDF » Retailer Advisory: How To Manage A Media Attack piece out of this, with very sound advice on what to do if a Fox anchor shows up in your store:
Know Your Rights. You control the media’s access to your store, not them. While media people can shoot common spaces not maintained by your store, such as public parking lots and walkways, they cannot enter your store and shoot without permission, and they cannot block access to your store.
Much more good advice in the piece. But again our advice is simple: Keep your kids away from Fox reporters!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.