TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE
We talked tonight about Rwanda's decision to release people suspected of genocide and the dangers, if there are any, of overtly sexual marketing aimed at children.
Texts are already in from Africa:
"It's True D Media bears a Big brunt of D blame but negligent & irresponsible parenting is also involved too!"
"It is wrong 4 the govt 2 release murderers bcos of congestion of prisons. The govt should not treat genocide as if it was a riot aftr a football match. The govt should reverse itself."
UWALAKAVAL Porthacot Nigeria.
"People should be made 2 pay 4 their actions. What the Rwandan government has just done is a promotion of impunity. It will open healing scars."
"DEAR BBCHVYRSY, THE WORLD NEED PEACE & SECURITY AS THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER OF 1945 OUR PRESENT WORLD LEADER OF OUR GENERATION NEED WISDOM WITH WISE MEN & WOMEN TO SEE US TO THE NEXT GENERATION SINCE WE AREADY HAVE A PREDICTION DATED BACK TO THE 16TH CENTURY PLEASE."
"Rwanda has it right. In SIERRA LEONE forgiveness worked, despite the TRC."
Richard, Bo, Sierra Leone
"President Kagame has proved the world wrong who first thought that the Tutsi were going to revenge against the Hutus for the genocide, which is not the case now. Bravo Mr. Kagame, You will definatetly go down in the good History of your beloved country. Forgive the misled, but the misleaders must face the Law."
David Junior in Uganda.
"I think they should not be released because such action will open doors for other people to do the same and expecting nonsense forgiveness"
Med in Freetown
Hello. I feel sorry for the survivors,lets hope there will be peace in rwanda.
"No genocide was committed by Hutu against Tutsi. The British, called the Hutu "nigers" and the Tutsi "superior". John Hanning Speke it was who introduced racism to Ruanda. Six millions Africans were murdered by British soldiers in the Sudan. They were given medals. Did any white Rhodesian or white South African jailed for their genocides against Africans? Does Rachel Harvey know of those?"
E. Black. London.
"Its a good idea to release that large number of prisoners and all should be ready to forgive, forget and reconcile. "Dawda Sanyang, Farato, the Gambia.
"I will forgive but will never forget the 11 people they killed for me. "
MB, F/Town S/Leone.
CHILD SEXUAL MARKETING
Sue Palmer wrote Toxic Childhood: HOW MODERN LIFE IS DAMAGING OUR CHILDREN AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.: "International marketing has become extremely predatory. They're going for the littlest kids"
Joy has called in from Nairobi: "They have the TVs on and the videos and when they dance to it they want to wear short skirts."
Rafina: "My daughter was four when she started on Bratz. It was peer pressure. Every other child had a Bratz doll."
A text from Africa: "Images of sex are glorified in nearly all western media. The sad reality is that the media in Africa are aping such & luring teenage gals in2 danger. "
Sue Palmer: "The playground culture is now being manipulated by big business. Parents need to talk to each other and take back control."
An anonymous text:
"Media highlight everything about sexy popstar.But how often they print mother teresa on their pages? This makes girls feel that looking sexy is all to get fame."
Sue Palmer: "Children's belief in themseves is being eroded by a marketing drive."
"Girls definitely are influenced by media and pop culture to look 'sexy'. I am only 23 and going to my 18 year old brother's high school events I see the girls wearing clothes that show EVERYTHING. We would never have gotten away with that only 5 years ago!"
Indeed sexy images corrupt especially young girls - future mothers - and the world is worse 4 it.
Prophet Azubuike, Nigeria.
Liz called in from Belgium: "There has been a tendency to sexualisation esp. in America. In the 60's I went there with three kids aged 3,4, and 5. The girls wore no tops when we went swimming and in America this was not considered acceptable. We had to buy a bikini."
"This results from high global divorce rate diluting parenting; increased nymphets; adult men demand for girls; businessmen's lust for money... "
"We complained in the 70s, 80s, 90s & so on. I think the trend in fashion keeps evolving and the downright absurd should not be ruled out."
Anna: "We're seeing it very much from the adult viewpoint. It's always been proven that children have their own sexual nature albeit of a playfulk nature. We tend to see children as having no sex in them whatsoever. The other way is to free up children to feeling ok about their own bodies. We had strong ideals about sexuality - we still see it in terms of sin. If sex isn't bad then children playing in a sexual way isn't way."
"This is serious. Kids r considrd emotionly mature by greedy mkters yet a simpl hous chor is deemd 2 complex & an infrngmnt on their ryts. If a displinry smak is adminstrd, its labld child abuse. Surprisd by hi prevlence of pregnanciz, STDs lolitaz & pedofilia? Not me. "
Rui e-Mailed us and we called him in Georgia: "It's the responsibility of the parents. We ultimately are responsible. We are their environment."
"It is this naked aggression against teenagers by so-called western companies that expose our kids to rapist, serial killers and Aids."
Tex, Sierra leone
"Sex is natural & paradoxical"
"Sexy is an inate quality. imitating sexy when one isn't, ends up slutty."