Entertainment January 10, 2017
Children’s minds are being polluted every day with the “garbage” of reality television. But not for much longer if author Brad Meltzer has anything to say about it.
During an appearance on “The View,” the bestselling writer urged for a turn away from programs such as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” advising, “We need goodness, kindness, Kermit the Frog lessons in creating.”
The bestselling writer stopped by “The View” to promote two volumes from his line of “I Am…” children’s books, which highlight “traits that made our heroes great and that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.”
He was on the show to promote two volumes from his line of “I Am…” children’s books, which highlight “traits that made our heroes great and that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.” The author condemned the onslaught of vapid, reality TV, and wrote the informational books to give his own children role models to look up to. “I was tired of my kids looking at reality TV stars, thinking of them as heroes,” he admitted.
One of Meltzer’s latest books – “I Am Jim Henson” – focuses on “The Muppets” visionary, and creator of Kermit, documenting the famous dreamer, who was “always expressing his belief in the goodness of people.”
“I wanted my daughter to have a role model who wasn’t famous for being skinny and pretty,” Meltzer added, of the inspiration for another of his books, “I Am Lucille Ball.”
Ironically, the women of “The View” had devoted a chunk of the show to discussing the Kardashians ahead of Meltzer’s segment. The infamous family’s E! reality series returns in March for its 13th season, and the latest trailer shows Kim Kardashian in tears as she discusses her Paris robbery.
“The View” showed a clip from the trailer, after which co-host Sara Haines insisted that any publications that had mocked the star, or suggested that the traumatic incident was merely a publicity stunt, should apologize.
“I do think they owe her an apology,” she declared, while co-host Sunny Hostin worried about the state of Kim’s legal case. As a lawyer, she was alarmed to see Kim speaking about it on her TV series while it is still an open case , noting that the KUWTK episode could even “compromise the investigation.”
But if you’re just as fed up with the reality TV famous family as Meltzer, try reading a book instead.
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