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Hitchens on Mr. Rogers

29 Mar

Hitchens on Mr. Rogers

Christopher Hitchens, who is well-known for his no-holds-barred criticism of beloved icons such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa had yet another target that he had written about to be published, but at the last moment, it was pulled by the newspaper that was supposed to print it. Here is the lost article Hitchens wrote on Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

“Mr. Rogers, as he is formerly known to his young, impressionable television audience on his show on PBS always end his show by telling the children watching him. ‘You’ve made this day a very special day just by being you and I like you just the way you are.’ He acts as if he knows each child on the other side of the television personally. This is not possible, and his assertion that he likes the child just for being himself is ludicrous at best. It is quite possible that the child hearing this has just intentionally ripped off the heads of all his sister’s Barbie dolls and what’s more than that, beats up and torments his little brothers and sisters on a regular basis. Mr. Rogers needs to approach his job with a greater sense of responsibility and humility, not acting as if he knows each child and that in fact each child is as good as he says they are. He very well may just be, unbeknownst to him, endorsing bad behavior on the part of some children in his viewing and listening audience and an end soon needs to be brought to this.”

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