March 13, 2008

Parental Advisory In Kuwait

I discovered in the Kuwaiti home the definition of explicit material is obscured. They think the only thing that needs censoring is any physical/sexual content, and that applies to Hollywood related movies only.

What about our khaleegi mosalsalat. The subjects they talk about, the filth they portray. True there isn't any kissing scenes going on, but that doesn't mean it should be watched by children!!

The girls and I were talking about a mosalsal by Fajer Alse3eed. We all know how they go. None of us watch much Arabic TV, but what surprised me was that their little brothers and sisters watch ALL the khaleeji mosalsalat regardless of subject matter.

I'm sorry but a six and seven year old should not watch series about girls running away with their boyfriends/girlfriends. Or husbands beating up wives, or young men stealing and snorting. They shouldn't be watching stories about bastard children taking revenge on their fathers or about rape.
Hell even 16 and 17 year old shouldn't watch this crap.

Parents, what are you thinking?!
Just because its on KTV, doesn't mean its appropriate for everyone to watch!
And what about the TV stations that broadcast these series all year long, should they have some kind of warning about the content?

I think this is a very serious matter and every parent should be more careful about what they expose their children to.
posted by eshda3wa at 1:00 AM



March 13, 2008 at 1:33 AM  

You think this is bad? My friend, wait for few more years and you'll wish you never lived through this era. This kind of rubbish been introduced to us slowly during the 90's, in 2000 it had a boost and its now being twice the speed that was in the 90's, i hope the wave could stop at that but thats a long shot indeed. now back to darb elzalag :)

March 13, 2008 at 3:20 AM  

so true! I don't think watching two people in love just kissing each other can do harm as much as our khaleeji tv series does!! don't forget the bad words and swearing at each other!

March 13, 2008 at 7:02 AM  

Kids now are different from when we were kids. They have been much more exposed to sex and rape and drugs and all that crap than we have been. If they won't see it on KTV they'd see it someplace else.

I understand that it is more important on KTV because it is supposedly representing a culture; it is not only the parents' job to monitor kids but also the TV stations that tend to schedule such programs to be aired when both parents are not home

March 13, 2008 at 7:22 AM  

Such Tv shows pint only the negitivity in our community lel asaf ! Children and teenagers shall never watch them .. not even during parents presence.

March 13, 2008 at 8:09 AM  

I agree with everything you said. And sadly most of the contents shown on Arabic TVs and such, are highly inappropriate for underage viewers. Thank you.

March 13, 2008 at 8:40 AM  

Yup! Ignorant idiots!

March 13, 2008 at 9:17 AM  

i think there should be some like parental control....even if the mosalsalat suck ....

March 13, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

My uncle doesn't let his Kid watch High School Musical because 3aib... but he lets him watch these shows... and this Kid wayid 3yoona emfate7a 3ala ashya'a mal-ha da3ee (like family arguements... he's 9 for crying out loud!!!)... the Kids that are allowed to watch HSM are sooo pleasant and soo innocent and ma3indihom fothool!!

March 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

cor blimey!

March 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

I think the last line shows wisdom. Parents should be the ones responsible for their children and not eveyone else.
Censorship is a delicate matter since pornography might be the thing to be censored now but in the future it will be politics and any free expression.
Well the art scene in the gulf is sad overall what can we say.

March 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM  

Not a big fan of mosalsalat khaleejiya! and I agree! Not suitable for kids! eeek!

Whatever happened to Khalty Gmasha, Dars Khosoosi, Darb Ezalag, and all those old shows!

March 13, 2008 at 11:33 AM  

So very true ...

March 13, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

I think instead of censorship we should have a rating system (even if it's done by a government agency). You want to read erotica or atheist literature, go ahead, just make sure it's marked that way on the cover.

Instead of editing the kissing, mark it for content, which would include mature content.

The problem is that we believe the government should do everything. Feed us, buy us brand names, and raise our children.

March 13, 2008 at 2:20 PM  

I agree with regard musalsalat
but it's even worse when there's clear sign to suggest that this movie is for 18 or over (like R) and they're still happy for their children to watch.
And this apply to nideo games as well.

March 13, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

True, but parents like to confuse their children;p

March 13, 2008 at 4:27 PM  

In Kuwait they have no concept of content.. as long as it isn't visual they don't care... real families sit down and see what their kids are getting in..

March 13, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

in some european countries theres a specific cut off time for kids to watch TV... ie, after 8 or 9 pm all the explicit stuff is shown, where before that, all the ok stuff is... we dont have that here... if theres a show that talk about sex drugs and hookers, its on in the morning, afternoon, evening, night... etc..

March 13, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

Some parents are weird.. not in bad way, but in a way the base there opinion on thats KTv or Dubai or whatever arabic channel... ilmoshkila ena that channels are much worse than any foreign at least they have PG thingie!

I wish i know what in their minds people who air that crappy shows, excuse my spanish.

March 13, 2008 at 10:28 PM  

You are totally right!

It's too open now, everything and I, even at this age, am still shocked everytime I see those things..

I miss Ruqayya O Sibeeecha!

March 14, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

that is strange they still don't have age limits on the programs! now in most countries in europe there is the age limits showing right before the program and every now and then throughout the program as a number in small circle in the bottom or top corner!

and do you know when i took my daughter to watch happy feet they asked me her age! they had age limit for even children’s programs! it seems happy feet is not suitable for under 7! but thinking about it... i think they might be right as they study the whole film or program before deciding the age it suits!

March 14, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

is it really like that??! >__< 7adda yabeela censoring!

March 15, 2008 at 1:18 AM  

i so much agree with you .. kids are all missed up now .. boys think its funny to smoke and hit on girls and be " bad" and girls are all up to running around and acting all " boyish " !

March 15, 2008 at 3:26 AM  

I don't watch Kuwaiti shows anymore. All of them are the same, a ploy to play with your feelings to keep you hooked without real substance. Cathartic trash: Tear jerking, hitting, screaming and the recent dancing.

I see this as a degradation whether adults or kids watch it and let me not START on how kids are raised here.

March 15, 2008 at 3:33 AM  

not only mosalsalat, even reality shows

March 15, 2008 at 4:12 PM  

I AGREE WITH YOU!The baseline of Khaleeji series also have dramatic scenes that children shouldnt acknowledge.

March 15, 2008 at 9:34 PM  

i agree one trillion percent.very well said. i wrote my thesis on comparative media sensitivity and its effect on children psychology in the west and the middle east. i wish u had written this a year ago, i would have footnoted u! great argument i enjoyedff itf.

March 15, 2008 at 11:55 PM  

i agree with u completely moshkilaat il mosalsalaat enha emsawyatna ena a7na kelina ray7een feha wil naas il thanyeen 3abalhom a7na chethe

March 17, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

7ata el language ,, i dont remember ay mosalsal bs once mona 3abdelmajeed galat 7ag bent-ha bel mosalsal eklaay teben ;/

March 18, 2008 at 3:07 PM  

I don't think every mosalsal is bad for childern to watch...
but some i agree they are not for kids to watch its for adults but like what one of the people said if they don't see on the mosalsalat they will see some where else so why not watch it there and learn instead of some where else...

May 12, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

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