September 12, 2005
September 12, 2005 03:26 AM
I know this isn't law related or even substantive by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm reaching a boiling point with MTV's latest reality show, "My Super Sweet Sixteen." The premise is really simple: VERY rich girls spoiled beyond anyone's wildest imagination feed their own egos with their parents' money by throwing a party to get attention at school.
My parents have never raised their hands against me or my brother and I find any physical punishment of a child abhorrent, but I'm starting to reconsider after this show.
I think your anger is misdirected - it's the parents who ought to be punished.
Or as the Oompa Loompas said,
"But now, my dears, we think you might
Be wondering, Is it really right
That every single bit of blame
And all the scolding and the shame
Should fall upon Veruca Salt?
Is she the only one at fault?
For though she's spoiled, and dreadfully so,
A girl can't spoil herself, you know.
Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed?
Who pandered to her every need?
Who turned her into such a brat?
Who are the culprits? Who did that?
Alas! You needn't look so far
To find out who these sinners are.
They are (and this is very sad)
Her loving parents, MUM and DAD."