I get pretty frustrated with the themes of children's TV shows. Not frustrated enough to turn off the TV and interact with the children myself, but pretty frustrated. Major themes:
1. You can be anything.
2. You should always be yourself.
3. If you are unsuccessful, unhappy, or unliked, it is because you're not believing in yourself and/or being yourself.
So there will be an episode where a character tries to be "cool," and instead this results in them being clumsy and wrecking stuff for other people, and other people get angry and don't like it. So the character acts like himself/herself instead, and everyone loves him/her.
Lesson: Be yourself and everyone will love you! Second lesson: If you're clumsy, or if people don't like you, this means you're not being yourself. If you were being yourself, everything would go right and everyone would love you.
And since you can be anything you want to be, if you're being something OTHER than what you want to be, you are a failure. Never mind that almost everyone wants to be the president or an astronaut or a ballerina or a writer or an actor, and almost nobody wants to be the other 9,999 out of 10,000 jobs: if you are not What You Want To Be, you're probably not being yourself.
I think this is really dumb. But of course I WOULD, since I never did become a ballerina.
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