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Evangelical content on Netflix disguised as normal Kids TV

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wilmslowdaddy Fri 05-Dec-14 13:10:40

I recently showed my five year old son 'Veggie Tales in the House', a Netflix original series to find that half way through it starts preaching and quoting the bible.
I am careful about what I show him, we don't watch traditional TV channels so it gives us the chance to select programmes rather than fall into watching them. If its a show I don't know, I read the description, rating and categorisation.
Veggie Tales is a missionary TV series that has been around in the US for years and most Americans would know it is a faith programme. However, in the UK its unknown and non of the descriptions in my Roku player informed me about the religious content.
I want to trust Netflix and can't. They have not categorised the content as religious and have not included a reference to its content in the episode descriptions.
It wouldn't happen on our regulated channels and I am worried what next from across the pond?
Also disappointed that the lead characters are all male leaving females in subordinate roles which is a bit odd for a 2014 series but perhaps reflects the wants of bible belt America more than ours.
Why do Netflix not want us to know is religious until we start watching it?

BackOnlyBriefly Fri 05-Dec-14 19:29:52

I don't use Netflix, but is there a way to complain about this? I assume they prefer shows to be categorised correctly. If people ignore that then you could just as easily find yourself viewing adult content by mistake.

I would suspect that it might be deliberate. Evangelists would get nowhere if they waited for people to choose to listen to them.

I've just googled Netflix and Veggitales and this is the description that is on the website:

"The beloved faith-based brand hits the small screen with a fresh new look and all-new adventures. Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their veggie friends as they explore new areas of their wondrous house while singing catchy, original songs included in each episode. Perfect for young families, this laugh-out-loud comedy seamlessly weaves good moral values into each episode in a fun, exciting way for Veggie lovers of all ages."

With a description of the material as 'faith based' and the title of the piece that wimlslowdaddy has in the OP as 'Remember who you are in God's eyes' then I can't see that Netflix are hiding the Christian content.

SnowSpot Fri 05-Dec-14 19:58:50

My kids loved this when they were younger. It's actually quite sweet and funny and the stories aren't overtly religious. I kind of felt that any indoctrination that happened would be massively overlaid by my 'anti-indoctrination'. I was a bit shock when I realised it was Christian instead of just a random cartoon.

But yes, I do think it should be clearly labelled as 'religious programming' and not just secreted away in 'Kids Programmes'.

wilmslowdaddy Fri 05-Dec-14 20:44:12

I use a Roku and it is not described as religious on this or on my smartphone or tablet. If you log on to the website version you can find the description that says its faith based but this is not how we watch the programme.

The image is from the web and is to illustrate the true nature, the Netflix image has no faith content. I wouldn't raise the issue if it was correctly described on the devices we use.
The only time you will see the true nature of this programme is on the website and only on the one main screen for the programme or if you watch it. The individual programme descriptions make no mention of the religious theme of each programme. The faith bit is central to each plot so its completely disingenuous not to mention and is deliberate.
It is overtly christian as it quotes chapters from the bible!

niminypiminy Fri 05-Dec-14 23:11:58

Surely you can, um, switch it off if you don't like it?

SnowSpot Fri 05-Dec-14 23:42:21

I didn't mind the bible quotes, after the initial shock!
I guess I just explained that this wasn't something I believed in, but I thought the stories were good. In fact, we've now got a picture Bible and a couple of books about Islam and Hindu religion because The stories a pretty good 'fairy tales'. The kids no more believe it than they do Cinderella.grin

BackOnlyBriefly Sat 06-Dec-14 11:28:53

Well you can switch off porn if you don't like it too, but it's nice to know in advance what the kids are watching.

Some Christian stories can be great of course. The C. S. Lewis stories are brilliant in their own right. I never felt that the Christian message was their main purpose.

thanksamillion Tue 09-Dec-14 10:59:06

I can assure you that Veggie Tales isn't 'unkown' in the UK! Plenty of people I know watch it.

If you're so careful about what you watch then why didn't you research it before showing it? I don't think there is anything underhand about it or the way it's advertised.

newlark Tue 09-Dec-14 14:25:35

My children love veggie tales - we have a couple of the dvds and also the "What's in the bible" series which does have a more illuminating title!

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