Perhaps we’re getting old here at Researching Reform and despite the belief that children will grow up and find their way in different ways throughout the ages, this latest offering for children which comes in the form of a professional music video which, at great expense, parents can have produced for their children with them starring in it as the latest in a series of high end gifts, seems to send out all the wrong messages to our little men and women.
It’s not just that the children in this particular video are so young (perhaps only nine or ten), or even that they hold hands and kiss, it’s the very adult nature of the video which seems so at odds with the growing process, even for young children of today. The children in this video are made to move and act in some scenes like grown ups might. There are parts of the video where the kids are doing kiddy stuff, but it all gets a bit surreal when they start staring into each other’s eyes and kissing like intense, love struck teenagers.
The young lady in the video is also wearing eyeliner and mascara and the young boy appears to be wearing a prince’s outfit which looks a little on the large side and therefore lends itself to the idea, albeit subconsciously at least, that they are just a little too little to be making a music video about grown up romance.
And what of the video itself? What kind of message does this kind of movie making send out? That fame and a YouTube presence are worthy of aspiration? It certainly seems as if this sort of gift might make that sort of point, but at what cost? In a world where too much emphasis is placed on form and too little on substance, are today’s adults responsible for tomorrow’s nightmare?
As my sister pointed out: the young girl in the video doesn’t even have her front tooth. I think that says it all.
What do you think? Has Researching Reform gone all Cyber Granny or are we right to feel a bit concerned?!
A big thank you to @sammyps for finding this fascinating article.