Dammit, people. What the hell is going on here? I just watched this clip from the Today Show where they give a 7-year-old child of the corn some time in the spotlight for taking his parents’ car on a joy ride.
And, while it’s obvious that there seems to be a very la-dee-dah approach to parenting here, the hosts turn it into an attack on video games.
Let’s break this video down a bit, first of all, check out dear old dad and how proud he is of his son as he explains what happened at 1:10:
… and he turned around and sees the cop and I think he caught about three more speeds and took off even faster… so he… he he’s a cute kid and he’s a good kid and just we’re glad it turned out like it did.
So let’s get this straight. You didn’t know where your kid was. And then you found out he stole a car and drove like a mad man. And you think that’s fucking CUTE? Jesus H! What is your kid going to have to do the NEXT time he wants some attention from you?
Then we get to the portion where they interview “cute” “good” little Preston. He has no idea what’s going on. He doesn’t know why he stole the car (but I’ll stick to my theory that he was desperate for attention and structure.) And that evil hostess totally leads him into a trap answer. Check out the devilish work she does at 1:40. Do you like video games? Do you think that video games are the reason you killed 5 people? Yeah? I kind of think so. I think you should think so too. [Please say yes so I have a story here.] LAME.
Best quote is at the end around 3:10 where the chick host says “Thank goodness there’s a good story here … and, uh, all ended well but uh ajrlewajr;eajrewjla…” Nice. She catches herself admitting that she just totally created an entire story against video games out of nothing more than a bored kid who – unsupervised – stole a car and drove around the neighborhood.
And not that Preston doesn’t deserve to have video games taken away from him, it seems like the family has chosen to blame this mess on exposure to driving games – and that just ain’t right. There’s got to be more going on here.