1. Ads during Channel 1 at school. If you didn't grow up with Channel 1, let me tell you what it is. Channel 1 is an allegedly teen-friendly 10 minute news program that airs in public school across the nation. Now see here, I LOVE Channel 1. It can be cheesy, but mostly it's a pretty decent way to keep teenagers caught up on world events. Plus, Anderson Cooper was one of the first broadcasters. Anyway, in our school, it is policy to watch Channel 1 at the beginning of any history class, including my own lovely American Government class. They get points for watching quietly.*
Here is where the anxiety comes in. Channel 1 has a lot of advertisements. And mostly, the ads are for good causes: scholarship websites, abusive relationship hot lines, etc. But sometimes there are ads for really violent/sexually graphic movies. Which my kids have to watch. I mean, I guess they could close their eyes, but seriously, it makes me anxious that I am telling kids they have to watch a program that may blast them with a very graphic ad for The Unborn horror movie at any moment. Anxiety.
2. Other ads for movies that promote bad behavior besides/ in addition to sex, drugs, satan, and violence. Specifically, movies that promote reckless spending and make me ashamed of my gender= ANXIETY.
(Note. The following movies were also advertised for during Channel 1)
Movie/Exhibit A: Bride Wars. Seriously? Did anyone go see it? In this time of economic woe did anyone go see a movie promoting two spoiled Manhattanites scrabbling over who could have a dream (read: expensive) wedding at the Plaza? If you saw it, did you resist the urge to vomit the whole time?
Also. How insulting. The idea that otherwise nice women, who are FRIENDS, no less, would be reduced to wild animal behavior over a wedding location=funny makes me....wait for it...anxious. The fact that I know it isn't all fiction= more anxious.
Honestly, I kind of want someone to email me and be all "YOUR ANXIETY WAS IN VAIN. Because actually, the Anne Hathaway character and the Kate Hudson character realize 15 minutes in that they are being idiots and donate all their wedding money to charity and have a double wedding and nice reception in a backyard somewhere and then they spend their honeymoons in Africa saving orphans"
But unless I get that email, I will continue being slightly perturbed/anxious about humanity.
Movie/Exhibit B: Confessions of a Shopaholic. Now I've heard that the novels this movie is based on are actually quite charming. So why does it make me anxious? Because, basically, it is another movie about a spoiled Manhattanite, who gasp, fights with other women when she doesn't get the dream (read:expensive) shoes she wants. While the members of the audience fret over job security. And feel ashamed of their gender. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
And this concludes yet another fascinating episode of "Things That Give Me Anxiety."
*Not my policy, and I have some qualms, but it is the school policy and I am a powerless minion slave.