TGIF Links

Some of the things that caught my attention this week:

  1. "Sparkling Wiggles" – This is by far one of the most idiotic things I’ve seen in a long time. This poor kid. That her parents would take her toddler mispronunciations to make "unintentional" racial slurs and broadcast it all over the internet goes way beyond offensive. I truly hope this is not the future of white America.
  2. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends from the Cartoon Network – I definitely have to check this out. As someone who works with children in foster care, the concept of this concerns me. How much has our society’s concept of foster care become so common place that there is a cartoon about it? I will check back with you on this one, after I view some episodes. There is also an "official blog" here.

From Wikipedia:

In this world, imaginary friends become real the instant a child imagines them. Unfortunately for the imaginary friends, the children outgrow them. When that happens, the friends are left to fend for themselves. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends was founded by the elderly Madame Foster to provide a foster home (hence the title) for abandoned imaginary friends; their motto is
"Where good ideas are not forgotten." There are (according to "Setting A President") 1,340 imaginary friends at Foster’s Home. It has been suggested that the house itself may be imaginary, as well. In the end of "Emancipation Complication" Madame Foster states that there are 2,038 imaginary friends currently residing in the house, suggesting that the house may have grown larger during the time. This is probably why they were very busy and overcrowded in that same episode.