How Porn Culture Harmed Nickelodeon Kids

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Investigation Discovery’s five-part docuseries “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV” revealed the abuse and toxicity behind the scenes of some of the most cherished childhood shows for millennials. It also indirectly highlighted the influence of pornography in the sexual abuse and harassment experienced on set.

In the fifth episode, “All That” cast member Shane Lyons expresses his hope that this documentary is more than just a fleeting moment of interest, emphasizing that societal change is needed to address underlying issues contributing to this alarming epidemic.

Nickelodeon Nightmare

The docuseries features allegations from staff and child actors of routine verbal and emotional abuse by Nickelodeon writer and producer Dan Schneider. Female staff members recounted being forced to split their salaries and perform massages on Schneider.

Writers claimed they were compelled to create pornographic “humor” for child actors, while pornography was played on set, and pedophiles were grooming, abusing, and soliciting sex from child actors.

Testimonies from writers and child actors further detailed how they were coerced into scenes depicting crotch shots, foot fetishism, sexual acts with objects or food, the sexualization of teen girls, and participation in degrading acts. These ideas were disturbingly scripted for children’s content.

Predators on Set

Drake Bell, featured in the docuseries, identified himself as the John Doe in a 2003 sexual assault case against dialogue coach Brian Peck. Bell described the abuse as extensive and brutal, implying it involved the worst possible scenarios of sexual assault.

Peck pled guilty to multiple charges, including lewd acts upon a child, sodomy, oral copulation, and other serious offenses. Peck was also pen pals with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Pornography, often studied as a script for sexual violence, shows a clear correlation between sexual offenders and themes commonly depicted in porn. A study revealed that mainstream porn often includes scenes of physical and verbal aggression, with “teen” being a frequent descriptor of sexual violence.

Jason Michael Handy, another Nickelodeon staffer, pled no contest to charges related to child sexual exploitation. It is common for law enforcement to find sexual predators in possession of CSAM (child sexual abuse material) at the time of arrest.

A 2019 New York Times investigation uncovered an overwhelming proliferation of online CSAM, with millions of reports overwhelming police and crime centers, fitting the legal definition of sex trafficking.

Rampant Abuse and Pornography Use

National statistics from RAINN indicate that one in nine girls and one in 20 boys will experience sexual abuse or assault before age 18, often knowing their abusers. Black women, making up 7 percent of the U.S. population, are disproportionately represented among survivors of rape, sexual assault, and trafficking.

Victims of sexual exploitation are often black, while buyers are predominantly affluent white males. Despite this imbalance, some leftists overlook these issues, instead celebrating “sex work” and weakening Title IX protections for women.

While opinions on the documentary may vary, the parallels between testimonies and research on the harms of pornography are striking. Pornography has been shown to alter users’ brains and negatively affect their attitudes and behaviors toward women, children, sex, and relationships. With high percentages of men and women admitting to porn consumption, it’s crucial to examine how this content contributes to the lack of safety for children and women.

Patrina Mosley
Patrina Mosley
Contributor. Patrina Mosley is director of Life, Culture and Women’s Advocacy at Family Research Council. She is also the founder and principal at PPM Consulting, LLC, where she guides organizations, campaigns and policymakers in elevating women’s dignity issues with a special focus on the African-American community.

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