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Mr. Rogers Ruined the Children of America

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Just when you think someone is a beloved children's television icon, along comes some study suggesting he's to blame for ... everything.

A round-table discussion got heated on FOX TV when the topic of conversation turned to the late Fred Rogers, star of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." According to a study conducted by certain San Diego State University psychologists, Mr. Rogers is "representative of a culture of excessive doting."

Here's why: Remember when Mr. Rogers told kids they were special just for being who they were? Seems the soft-spoken, shoe-changing former minister was setting everybody up to fail. Watch as "Fox and Friends" battles it out over whether or not Mr. Rogers is responsible for an entire generation's inflated sense of entitlement.

What, no negative repercussions from Mr. McFeely?!




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18 comments so far | Post a comment now
Christy May 3, 2010, 4:49 PM

This is such BS! How can one man be responsible for the downfall of our youth? Are we looking for a fall guy? This professor obviously has nothing better to do. Our core values come from our parents, church, and neighborhood. Mr Rogers is rolling over in his grave. God rest his soul.

Jennifer Miller May 3, 2010, 7:48 PM

Yeah, go ahead…. tell your kids that they’re only special if they perform well. See how that works out…

June May 4, 2010, 4:52 AM

That’s Louisiana State University, non San Diego State University.

concerned parent May 4, 2010, 5:46 AM

Are you serious? Mr. Rogers is not to blame for the demise of the children. I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street and I see nothing wrong with it. My kids thought Mr. Rogers was a bit boring so they did not watch it, but come on would you rather your kids watch Mr. Rogers, or some violent cartoon? There are WAY worse shows out there than Mr. Rogers!!!!! Seriously…what is wrong with telling kids they are special in their own way? Hey Jennifer, I tell my kids every day they are special, not for the way they preform, but they are special because they are my beautiful children. Some people take that to the extreem and say it when thir kids preform, but how about the rest of the world? Didn’t you want to be told you were special? Don’t you still want to be told that? If you don’t make sure to tell your family not to get you anything or do anything for you on mother’s day.

Emma May 4, 2010, 6:49 AM

um actually what the demise of our youth is people like these professor who puts the blame of everything that is wrong with society on someone else other than the parents.

Vanessa May 4, 2010, 8:00 AM

Parents….Get off you butts and assume responsibility for your own damn kids!!! Stop supporting studies that prove television personalities or shows are to blame. The fact that people actually believe that this sweet old man could be the responsible party because children watched his show growing up is PROOF. If you were attending to your children instead of plopping them in front of a TV they would be productive upstanding people today!!!!

Vanessa May 4, 2010, 8:01 AM

Parents….Get off you butts and assume responsibility for your own damn kids!!! Stop supporting studies that prove television personalities or shows are to blame. The fact that people actually believe that this sweet old man could be the responsible party because children watched his show growing up is PROOF. If you were attending to your children instead of plopping them in front of a TV they would be productive upstanding people today!!!!

kirsen paige May 4, 2010, 8:50 AM

This is s stupid. I cant believe this is what the news channels are talking about when there are wars going on.

Danielle May 4, 2010, 1:44 PM

What parent’s would NOT agree with Mr. Rogers??? I had Asian parents and they weren’t as supportive as MR. Rogers!! I’m against all of you who are against Mr. Rogers!! I can’t believe people really don’t have anything better to do than to pick on a sweet guy like MR. Rogers!!

Anon May 4, 2010, 3:59 PM

Kids are weenies because of their wimpy parents.

Kristin May 4, 2010, 5:01 PM

*facepalm* Really Fox?

Gianna May 5, 2010, 12:00 AM

It is not Mr Roger’s fault it is clearly liberals who are to blame- those who encourage the thinking that their actions have no reactions.

Anon2 May 5, 2010, 9:45 AM

That’s what happens when you watch too much Fox News Network… You begin to think that they report actual news instead of the complete and utter BS that actually gets on the air.

Dingo Foringo May 5, 2010, 9:53 AM

It’s Fox News, not a real news station. What more do you expect from them?

Andrew May 5, 2010, 10:30 AM

LOL!!! Pretty sure not one of those members of the cast have ever knitted their own sweater. How can they judge the acomplishments and future of a generation that hasn’t even begun to grow yet? Really FOX, this was a very stupid and insulting topic to try and bring up. Blaming a whole generation of talent on 2 or 3 lines from childhood TV shows might be the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

This is stupid May 5, 2010, 11:28 AM

What the hell. Are you serious? What is even wrong with this generation? I’m pretty sure its the older generation that has led us to a corporate-run aristocracy. Plus, even if this was somehow to blame (which is just ridiculous), it was the older generation that fed this to their kids. If anyone is to blame of anything it is FOX. FOX is this country’s cancer: a notorious liar, and the worst excuse of journalism on the planet.

Betsey May 6, 2010, 12:36 PM

Excuse me this is wrong Mister Rogers is not to Blame fox news is just being stupid with thier remarks Fred is a hero a friend to all Why you guys chos eto put this up I don’t know?

Anonymous May 6, 2010, 10:57 PM

Let’s blame FOX instead ha ha.


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