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Aliens in America
This week’s episode of
Aliens in America entitled “Church” was a satirical look at the relationship
between the American family and the modern Christian Church. Morality, faith,
prayer, and reverence for God were the main topics addressed, but by the end of
the episode only one thing was established, that the writers don’t possess any
of these virtues. One young character uses prayer to sabotage those he doesn’t
like and to hope for sex with a female classmate, while his sister agrees to
join a church group in exchange for birth control as her Christmas gift.
The show, which aired at 8:30
pm on December 10th, was not only offensive to members of the
Christian faith, but also dangerous in its discombobulated message about
morality. Characters would commonly do something positive but the punch line
would consistently be a negative behavior. For instance, Justin realizes that
prayer is effective and begins praying about everything which is good and builds
trust in his character, but we soon find out that his prayers are in ill will
towards his teacher. Later his friends are led to believe in the effectiveness
of prayer, but they just encourage Justin to pray for sex with a classmate.
Perhaps the most troubling plot
in the show revolves around teenager Claire who asks for birth control for
Christmas. Her mother is apprehensive at first but agrees to purchase the birth
control if Claire agrees to attend a chastity club at Church. Claire
half-heartedly attends the group where she meets a boy and makes out with him in
the closet. In the end, Claire’s mother keeps her promise and Claire opens a
gift of birth control under the tree.
The writers of this show would
likely make the argument that this episode was mere harmless satire; however to
the program’s young viewers the episode was little more than an endorsement of
teen sex. Therefore, this irresponsible and offensive episode is our pick for
Worst of the Week.
Worst TV Show
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