Disappointed In NatGeo

I normally steer clear of any controversial subjects, but this shocked me to the point that I really felt the need to post about it.

Yesterday afternoon, when Motor Man came home from the shop, he sat down to relax and turned on the tv. He was flipping through the channels, as usual, and I was in and out of the room.

He landed on an episode of “Going Deep” on National Geographic, and the show was about paper airplanes. I was half listening to it as I checked my e-mail.

I wasn’t familiar with that show or the host, David Rees. I could not believe what I was hearing when he made a comment about how the ratings for that particular episode should be exceptional and used God’s name in vain in the sentence.

And if that weren’t bad enough, he said the same thing later in the show.

Okay, remember that this is National Geographic. Is this not considered educational tv? And is this show not taped? So that phrase could certainly have been cut from the show,  or at least “bleeped”.

I posted this as a status update on my Facebook page, and one of my friends commented that I should ride the school bus and listen to the language there. Agreed. BUT, those are CHILDREN, using bad language to make themselves feel like grown-ups.

David Rees is an adult….on a tv channel whose purpose is to educate. He should be leading by example. If he must use that language in order to express himself, in my opinion,  he’s the wrong person for the job. And yes, I fired off an email to NatGeo, letting them know how I feel. And Motor Man agrees; we most likely won’t be watching that channel again.

I realize that I’m a fuddy-duddy old lady. And I’m sure I’ll have readers who disagree with me, and that’s fine. I just can’t see any reason why obscene language belongs on afternoon tv, much especially National Geographic. 

~These Days Of Mine~


21 responses to “Disappointed In NatGeo

  1. Whee totally agree with you. If they had to leave it in, it should have at the very least been bleeped out. Standards in what is considered acceptable are apparently slipping but whee will make sure our little hoomans don’t watch that channel ever again. Whee don’t want them to think that’s ok.

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  2. I agree with you – inappropriate language is always inappropriate! We don’t have cable so I don’t know that show, but I always cringe when I think that some of the inappropriate stuff on regular TV is being seen and heard by kids. I may be a fuddy-duddy too (actually I KNOW I am!) but things certainly have changed over the 67 years I’ve been around…..MANY things for the better, but quality of television shows I’m not too sure about.


  3. I agree with you, children are children, they will learn it once ( I hope). But people who act in TV have a moral duty too. I’m always angry that they use the F-word in an endless loop here, just to get some cheap laughs :o(

  4. Good feed back and I couldn’t agree more. We need to live by our principles and set an example. Always.

  5. I’ll quote my Mom here, “Anyone can swear. It doesn’t make you more interesting, it just reflects an inability to express yourself.”

    Great point, Dianna – and giving the programmer feedback is the only way to be heard.


  6. ~applause~ Way to go Dianna. I am in total agreement with you.
    I get so mad at how lax the supposedly family safe stations are by allowing potty-mouths. I wonder what purpose does NG think it serves to allow it and not bleep it out. It definitely darkens their reputation in my opinion.

  7. Couldn’t agree more. It’s a form of intellectual laziness. There are so many vibrant words in our language that serve the purpose of making an emphatic point quite brilliantly without resorting to profanity.

  8. I agree and that’s one of the reasons I don’t go to movies. The story line and actors may be wonderful, but I don’t want to wade through filthy language for any reason!

  9. Very disappointing to hear. I’m glad you wrote them.
    Years ago, a co-worker wrote a commercial sponsor of a TV program that the attitude of an approximately 8 year old child toward his parents was completely inappropriate. The president of the company wrote her back and soon the commercial was pulled.

  10. could have certainly bleeped it.

  11. In my opinion bad language doesn’t belong anywhere! We were eating at a beachside restaurant Sunday afternoon and there was a table of college age students behind us.This was a family restaurant and even though they were probably on their last break before resuming studies, the language they were using was uncalled for. All I could think of was that I hope Andrew doesn’t act like that when out with his friends. I think I taught him better – I hope so! I get tired of hearing, “It’s how kids talk now.” Well, it doesn’t have to be. I’ve seen better. Thanks for letting me rant.

  12. We agree, grownups who swear are awfully low-brow,


  13. Sorry. I just can’t get that worked up about language when there are so many other things that in my opinion that out trump it. Children having children. Children doing drugs. The outrageous atrocities to women in the world. The decline in our schools education. The decline in our government and our health care. I could go on and on. I’m more outraged at the commercials on tv showing children disrespecting their parents and it’s suppose to be funny. The inappropriate music and entertainment on TV. The video games that kids are playing. So there you have it. A few words just don’t bother me enough to be outraged by it. I’ve raised two boys and coached soccer for youths for 9 years and volunteered at the public schools while my boys were in school, including working with the alternative school kids (kids kicked out of public school mostly for bad behavior) and yes, I’m the one that drove a school bus. I never allowed bad language but trust me that was the LEAST of the problems I encountered. I guess I’m too desensitized. I DO commend anybody for seeing the wrong and doing something about it. We all have different battles to fight.

  14. Very surprising… especially from NatGeo ….

  15. Way to go, Dianna!! Not only bad language, but certain commercials, aired at times when the family could be watching together, upset me. Some games shows we watch have questions totally out of line too.

  16. SHOCKED!!! I am, but I wonder why – things I’d never thought would be ‘acceptable’ seem to be. I agree with MJ’s quote about the inability to express one’s self. I wrote to a fast food establishment about their suggestive commercials and received a tart reply back, so we’ve stopped eating at that establishment. Some parents use NatGeo as a babysitter. I wonder if they know what their children are hearing. Sad and unacceptable.

  17. You certainly are not a “fuddy duddy” for believing that was wrong. David Rees showed his ignorance by using God’s name in vain…very low class and offensive.

  18. I agree! Nuf said, an email is going to National Geographic from this old fuddy duddy!

  19. I’m with you. I heard it on TV recently and was shocked as well.

  20. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I certainly agree with you. Bad language is wrong anyway you look at it. Our kids and grandchildren learn enough of it at school and out in the public. Thanks for speaking out.

  21. Good for you! I personally avoid movies so much of the time for this reason. I had no idea it had crept into NG.

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