Opinion

Children Exposed to Porn While Watching Disney on Dish Network

Lilo and Stitch is a great Disney movie. Unless, of course, it's interrupted by a porn film. Photo courtesy of Cayusa/Flickr.com

Lilo and Stitch is one of Disney’s delightful animated tales. It begins with Jumba, a scientist, on trial for creating alien experiments like Stitch. Suddenly, a woman sits herself onto a naked man and they … wait, I don’t remember the story going like this. However, this is how the story went for the children of Georgie Brown in North Carolina.

Brown, whose satellite provider is Dish Network, had recorded Lilo and Stitch from the Disney Channel for her three children: a 5-year-old son, a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. She started the movie and left the room. It didn’t take long before Brown heard strange noises coming from the television. She went back into the room and the Disney movie was not on the screen. According to Michael Walsh’s article in the New York Daily News, Brown described what she saw as “a woman, on top of a man, full penetration.” Her oldest child ran from the room with his hands over his ears. Her daughter sat bawling. After about six minutes, the porn ended and the movie came back on.

I’m fine with pornography as long as the parties involved are of age and are aware they are being filmed for pornography. I’m not going to pretend people under 18 don’t get curious and look up porn on the Internet, but these were small children. I’m not sure how the porn popped up, but this was not something that should be exposed to someone that age. I only hope the children are not traumatized by the event and are not put off Disney films for the rest of their lives, especially Lilo and Stitch. If this was not by accident, I hope whoever did this is apprehended.

Brown blames Dish for the pornography that was exposed to her children. John Hall, senior manager of corporate communications for Dish, told the New York Daily News, “Our engineering groups are actively investigating these reports.” However, Brown claims that not only has Dish not offered an apology, but also that “the children have been doing a humping motion” since the incident.

I can understand why Dish has not offered an apology yet. This is an odd and terrible situation, and they want to find out if the company is really the one to blame. Still, no matter whose fault it is, small children witnessed explicit adult images on Dish’s network. Whether or not Dish is the one to blame, an apology would be a nice gesture. None of the articles I read said that Brown would be changing television providers. Even if she does, Brown’s children may not be safe from another sudden pornographic display.

In 2007, Paul Dunleavy of New Jersey, who uses Comcast as his television network, thought his 5-year-old son was watching Handy Manny, a show on the Disney Channel about a handyman and his talking tools. Instead, porn was broadcasted in place of the show. According to an article by 9news, Dunleavy told New York Daily News, “It was two people doing their thing; it was full-on and it was disgusting.” Apparently there was a programming error, but, according to Comcast spokesperson Fred DeAndrea, it was an “isolated issue in the local New Jersey facility.”

Along with Brown’s incident, the two seem to have been isolated events. Although only a small amount of people were affected, these were children. No child should be tricked into seeing such an explicit act. Within five years of each other, there have been two incidents in which pornography has popped up in broadcasts of Disney-owned products. However, sexual images have been a part of Disney for years.

There are many websites that expose hidden, sexual messages in Disney movies. The following exposés are from listverse.com: Promotional artwork for Disney’s The Little Mermaid contains a part of a castle that resembles a penis. While the artist claims he was in a rush and did not notice that part of the castle looked like a penis, it is still suspicious. To make matters worse, if you ever watch The Little Mermaid, keep an eye on the priest’s lower region. You’ll notice a suspicious bulge where his crotch should be. On the one hand, it could have just been the priest’s knee, but on the other, with two different penis-like images, the movie is looking less and less innocent by the minute.

Aladdin, another Disney movie, appears to be clean, but if you have a good ear and the volume at just the right level, you can hear Aladdin say to Jasmine’s tiger Rajah, “Good teenagers, take off your clothes.” While the script apparently read, “Good kitty, take off an go,” the audio did not sound like Aladdin. Did a member of this apparent secret Disney sex organization sneak into the recording booth and insert that line? There must have been another member of the organization working as an artist for The Lion King: In one moment, when Simba rests himself on a cliff, a flurry of dust rises into the breeze. If paused at the right moment, you can see that cloud spells out “SEX.”

These examples from Disney animated movies are blink-and-you’ll-miss-them type scenarios. Maybe they were complete accidents and subconsciously imagined by perverted minds. Maybe animators and voice actors added them in so the adults could have a little giggle. The porn seen on the broadcast of Lilo and Stitch and Handy Manny, on the other hand, is not something to giggle about. Small children should not be exposed to something so explicit. It is not clear if the networks or hackers somehow caused porn to appear. I don’t know if this was an accident or on purpose. Regardless, small children were hurt by this mistake and whoever did it should accept responsibility and apologize.

Jake Koniszewski can be reached at john.koniszewski@spartans.ut.edu

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