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Mitt Romney ‘Disses’ Kids By Not Appearing On Nickelodeon

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney obviously hates children. First he attacked our beloved Big Bird during the first presidential debate by threatening to cut funding to PBS. And now he has decided not to appear on Nickelodeon for the “Kids Pick The President: The Candidates.” The special features a Q&A with the presidential candidates where the candidates answer video taped questions from kids across the nation on topics such as gun control, same-sex marriages and bullying. I feel this is amazingly unfair to kids because kids needs to see a presidential candidate who is willing to make room in their busy schedules in order to inform and entertain the children of our country. One of the biggest issues facing our nation right now is our kids just don’t have enough shit to watch on TV. Mitt Romney choosing not to appear on Nickelodeon is an outrage and it will definitely factor in my own personal decision about who I’ll be voting for in the upcoming election. I mean really, how dare he?

Linda Ellerbee, the show’s host and executive producer said:

Romney’s campaign said “he simply didn’t have time. He couldn’t fit it in his schedule,” Ellerbee said Monday.

His decision is disappointing because “answering kids’ questions directly shows respect for the several million kids who will vote in Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ campaign,” she said.

“That’s several million kids who actually want to get involved in the democratic process,” Ellerbee said. “They don’t deserve to be dissed. But former Gov. Romney also blew off Letterman and Big Bird, so I guess we’re in good company.”

Don’t even get me started on the whole David Letterman issue. Next thing we know, Mitt Romney is going to diss Jimmy Fallon by not slow-jamming the news with The Roots . 

I live in a political household. I love discussing the democratic process with my kids and we all watch the debates together. I think it’s important that kids are politically aware and understand how the government and electoral process works. But they don’t need to have the candidates appear on Nickelodeon in order to be exposed to politics. Kids are able to watch the candidates during the normal debates and their parents can pause the television to explain topics more in-depth and to answer questions. Saying Mitt Romney disses kids by not appearing on Nickelodeon is a pretty silly statement.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know! Mitt Romney is the unfeeling, boring, robot candidate and our president is the rock-star, cuddly, charismatic Al Green singing candidate. Obama is the uncle you want to hang out with, have a beer, and shoot a few hoops with. Romney is the uncle you go to when you want to borrow money. By choosing not to appear on Nickelodeon, Mitt Romney is making kids all over this country and their parents have a big old frown-y face.

I like Nickelodeon and I like Linda Ellerbee. I think the fact Mitt Romney has decided he is too busy to appear on Nickelodeon is just not that big of a whoop. I’m more interested on what he would do if elected president than what television programs he makes the time to appear on. He’s not “dissing” kids. He’s just not appearing on a TV special. With such an important election coming up, I would think we should focus more on bigger issues, like unemployment, the economy and terrorism.

I mean, didn’t we elect Elmo to entertain our children? Sometimes grownup people are busy. Our kids can understand that. Our presidents and presidential candidates can’t always be expected to read stories to our kids. It would have been fun to see Romney on Nickelodeon but I’m one parent who isn’t going to take his decision not to as a “diss.”

(Photo: Nickelodeon)