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What's Your Take on the "Kid Nation" Controversy?

What's Your Take on the "Kid Nation" Controversy?

It seems like every day this week, there's been a new story about possible misdeeds on the set of "Kid Nation." Today's development involves a complaint that the show about kids trying to build their own society overworked its adult crew.

But most of the allegations have involved the treatment of the children, saying they were in physical danger or working so much they violated child labor laws. Some observers have even said the show should be canceled in light of the controversy. CBS may have launched an internal investigation into the show, and late last week, the Smoking Gun revealed the contract parents had to sign which removed their right to sue CBS if something bad happened to their kid. CBS has acknowledged that a couple of kids drank bleach and one was burned while cooking (all are fine now) — but, on the other hand, couldn't kids get into that kind of trouble while horsing around at a neighbor's house or at camp? Do you think CBS should be in hot water over "Kid Nation"?

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GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Oh, what's a little bleach-drinking! It's character building! (Just. Kidding.)
kelleylocke kelleylocke 9 years
I feel bad for the kids who were exploited by two separate groups of people; the network, but more abhorrently their parents. Grounds for emancipation I'd say.
miss_megs miss_megs 9 years
The whole idea is horrible.... I guess you cant fault the networks for trying to get the most money they can from this reality show craze before it ends... I could not imagine allowing your kids to enter into that situation, let alone sign a waiver to not sue if they get killed.... As a parent you try to protect your kids from harm... not sign a waiver not to sue ppl if they get killed.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 9 years
Guess what everyone - none of these shows are "real" - they're casted just like any other show. Same with "Laguna Beach" etc. All those shows are fake reality tv. These kids aren't in any danger, they're all young actors. Seriously.
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I knew there had to be something fundamentally wrong with this show, just based on child labor laws.
dracsbabe dracsbabe 9 years
Bad parents bad network but the kids worked so hard and almost died to get this made do they want to see the fruits of their labor on television? It's a tough one. And if it's all bs than someone will blab and we'll know soon enough. ;)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I, too, think that CBS is enjoying the controversy--a sure fire way to keep the show in viewers' minds come Fall. I read somewhere that should there be a second season, CBS officials plan to make some changes to how the kids are selected and how the show is organized and run (almost an admission that they that they did skirt the child labor laws at times.) But, I do think the parents are the irresponsible ones. Some are claiming that they thought they were sending their kids into a "summer camp" like environment. Come on!
Stacy14878746 Stacy14878746 9 years
I call BS. Sounds like a publicity thing to me. I assure you that CBS has deep enough pockets that they were sure to take every measure possible that if something went wrong, they were covered. I mean, the kids weren't dumped on an island and left there- there were adult crew, producers, directors, medical teams standing by... Sounds to me like CBS is just drumming up controversy for free press on their new show. And, it worked! :-) I'm going to have to change my avatar to cynical sake2me. :-P
sway- sway- 9 years
CBS is in the business of making money and entertaining. Of course they don't care for the children's welfare or welbeing. They are just covering their own arses. These parents are responsible for signing their children up for this show in the first place. What kind of ethical and morally responsible parent would exploit their child for the CHANCE at $5,000. While that may be a lot of money to some people, no one should ever put their child in the position to shoulder that kind of danger or responsibility.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I don't understand HOW these contracts can be written up, signed and expected to hold up in court. I doubt very much that if a child was seriously injured, despite the clause in the contract, it would stop anybody from finding a way to sue.
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
the parents are idiots for letting their kids be on the show.
Daddisgrl Daddisgrl 9 years
I have a few thoughts on this: 1) What was the screening process? Did they research who signed up and if they were kids that were more inclined to get into trouble? 2) Parents shoulder part of the blame. They did this for a chance to win $5,000 - which is not a lot of money. I read a story that said that to some of the parents $5,000 was a lot. To this I wonder if they did not read the contract fully, thinking that if something did happen, they could sue and really bring in the $$$ 3) If kids were able to drink bleach, CBS is to blame. They did not have enough adults on hand to make sure the kids did not get seriously hurt. 4) I also feel that if a judge throws the contract out, which they very well could, the parents shouldn't be awarded the "full" amount because they did sign a contract. 5) Since I've never seen the contract, I don't know if CBS has covered everything; because these days people are sue happy.
PinkEsq PinkEsq 9 years
CBS should have had more of a safety net for the kids - someone who saw the kids pick up the bleach to drink and was like -"NO"... The concept is cute, and its not a violation of labor laws when the work is part of a game like this. The parents should have insisted that there be better supervision to prevent dangerous situations, but allow it to be off camera and non interfering with day to day activities.
missquiet missquiet 9 years
I think CBS exploited the kids, but it is the parents responsibility make sure their children will be safe. Who gives their child over to a TV network for that amount of time?? I can see maybe ages 11 and up, but 8? Too young.
EssH EssH 9 years
I don't see anything wrong with it, kids nowadays are so pampered and spoiled. I think it's a great idea, it takes them out from underneath their parents wings where they can learn responsibility and independence. The part I don't understand is how kids drank bleach, they're 8 and up, my 8 year old knows right from wrong as does my 4 yr old.
gossip-guru gossip-guru 9 years
Reality shows have gone to far. Kids are kids let them roam around our parks and get an education, not make their own nation.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I don't know much about the bleach controversy, but it seems to me that no matter what waivers were signed it is unacceptable that children ended up drinking bleach. That being said, I still want to watch the show.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
i want to see what this show has to offer
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think people will make a big deal out of anything. Kids are too coddled these days, I think it's a cool idea to see what they can do. It's not like people weren't around. Obviously people are taping it, so if something horrible happened they were help. And the interviews of the kids seems like they liked it and weren't too freaked out. It was probably a good learning experience. I wish I could've done it!
ebbiebright ebbiebright 9 years
lol fiishi.. i thought the same thing about lord of the flies when i first saw the commercial for it. i definitely blame the parents though..
Lizabelle Lizabelle 9 years
I think it looks interesting, but it is not like there is not an adult crew there that can step in, I do like reality TV but also think it is partly staged so I never thought of the kids being in danger.
demeter demeter 9 years
Nothing wrong.
fiishi fiishi 9 years
WTF?! Reality-TV version of Lord of the Flies? Anyway, I agree with lickety split. I don't think parents can waive their right to sue if their kid gets hurt. No judge is going to uphold that.
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 9 years
As far as I'm concerned, both the parents and CBS are to blame. I definitely don't think CBS should air it.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
humm, i'm not sure a parent can waive a child's right to compensation for a possible future injury. doesn't sound right. the set up of this show bothers me. children need supervision and protection from themselves and from older children. 8 is too young to be w/o a adult supervision. don't like anything about it.
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