Archive for August 7, 2009


Growing up too slow or too fast!

My parents constantly reminds me of their childhood experiences reminiscing how wonderful, peaceful and meek it was. Many children played and some are still playing with dolls. There are many lessons however that can be learnt from playing with dolls. Technology has advanced tremendously. Dolls are not only soft baby-like toys they have taken on other roles. We have seen dolls talk, show emotions and respond to the children that use them. But are we ready for children to breastfeed these toys?

It is a sad day in our history when inventors can develop a doll that has the ability to respond to breastfeeding by small children. Nothing in the world can justify this kind of technology. The Spanish manufacturer Berjuan must pull this product from the market immediately and people especially parents must begin to stand up and make their voices heard. We cannot allow a profit making entity who does not care about the future of their own society misguide the rest of us. We must allow our children to enjoy their childhood. They are being robbed daily of their childhoods by what we allow them to watch on television, the music that is so widespread and degrading. We have robbed them of their innocence, abusing their bodies and now we want to teach them to act like adults. It is not right. I hope countries like globally will never accept this product in their markets. We blame so many other people and factors for how our children are behaving and when we see the real reason pointing back at us, we appear to be blind.

I do not have a problem with our children playing with dolls, I endorse it. I believe there are so many lessons that our young ones can learn by embracing a doll. They learn that they are not alone in this world and people need love and affection and they learn how to communicate; some even love teaching from playing with dolls. I do not believe young kids think of having sex when they play with dolls. They don’t. They think of being kind to others and ensuring the dolls are safe by protecting it.

What lessons do we really want our children to get? Do we want them to grow up fast and add to the myriad of problems the adults have caused? Can you imagine a young child breastfeeding a doll? That child’s psychology immediately changes and they begin to think and feel like they are adults. I do believe that these are some of the things we have forced on our kids and have caused us not able to really control them. I have worked with children on projects before and some feel they can speak and behave anyway in public disrespecting leaders and undermining those in charge. These kids who will play with ‘Bebe Gloton’ or ‘greedy baby’ will be affected in some way negatively. We have sexualised this world so much that young kids today are engaging more in sexual activities and we are divided on how to solve these problems which we created. We have forced them to act like adults in a child’s body and it confuses them so much.

There should be a ban on this product now. When will this cycle end? I can’t wait till a business develops a doll that will have sexual intercourse with the female doll. Would our eyes be opened then? Oh I hear the defence already….They need to know!

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

I am sure you have worked on a project, a team or a show (production) before. If you haven’t it takes a lot of hard work and tenacity to stay focused. It is a wonderful feeling seeing the event’s proceedings on stage, presenting that project or even winning the match. To see the hard work paying off with huge successes is a vital component. American Idol the epitome of reality television with a focus on seeking new talent is a model which many talent competitions globally have copied to become successful. A major component of a show like this is the host/presenter, and the judges; apart from the production crew and contestants. These people really bring the show together plummeting it to a higher level.

The American Idol’s judges are the real stars of the show. Their experience in the entertainment industry makes their comments valuable and their efforts to train new talents entering the industry worth the while. Each judge on the show will grow into his/her own persona that many viewers will come to love. What is amazing about the show’s model is that those who copy the American Idol structure also copy the judge’s personalities in their own. Therefore, one judge will be very feisty, the other most likely to be encouraging and the other walking the middle of the road. To this end, that makes this a winning strategy for the show and people have come to love and trust the talents that the show crowns as the ultimate winner.

Many times our hard work and sacrifices are never rewarded. This leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many viewers who have come to appreciate the show. Recently, Paula Abdul a judge on American Idol show was sent packing after not negotiating successfully her compensation package. This is after the host/presenter was given a huge increase with other judges on the panel receiving higher packages.

I think if anyone was in Paula Abdul’s positions would petition for a higher contract package. The negotiations didn’t materialize positively for Abdul resulting in the execs cutting her from the panel. For those who have come to love Abdul over the years they are saddened by the outcome. I am upset that the execs could not have seen it fit to give Abdul a proper wage package to continue the show. After all, the show can well afford paying her what she’s really worth. Each week they announce the record number of votes that the contestants bring in. Where are these profits going? I do think it was right to give Seacrest such a high increase and not have enough to satisfy Paula Abdul. Are the execs sexists?

Maybe it’s time to move on for Abdul though. It may be a blessing in disguise. Whatever it is this was not fair treatment of a judge that made the show what it has become today. There is no doubt in our minds that the American Idol show is successful and they produce successful artistes. People in organizations must be rewarded equally for their output and time invested. It is sad to see Paula Abdul go in this way. No one expected it. I just hope the show’s organizers will rethink their decision. If not, good luck AI and get a job soon Abdul.