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January 18, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As the entertainment industry consistently ups the ante on explicit content, the New York Times has a message for parents: “It’s Okay to Watch Schitt’s Creek With Your Kids.” Due to pandemic boredom, it turns out, many parents have begun to watch increasingly sexualized content (I’d call it “adult,” but that would infer that it is appropriate for anyone) with their younger children. According to Carrie Goodman, parents shouldn’t worry about this. In fact, Goodman even notes that crude TV could be a good opportunity to talk about sex with your kids.

Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council, strongly disagrees. Henson says that Hollywood is ignoring the huge demographic of families — with its potential for profits — because they simply aren’t interested in programming for families.

“The traditional view is that the 18-34 demographic has more disposable income and less brand loyalty, and therefore they are a more desirable demographic for advertising,” she told me. “Even if that was once the case, it’s surely no longer true — and even if it is still true, it’s surely no longer relevant in the age of streaming media.”

“From a purely economic point of view, it makes good sense for streamers to target family audiences because they are more likely to stick with their streaming subscriptions in the long run than millennials who tend to pick up a streaming subscription for a time, binge-watch their favorite series, then drop the subscription until the next season of their favorite show comes online again.”

I suspect the truth is that many entertainment moguls are no longer primarily motivated by money. In his 2018 Oscars stand-up routine, Jimmy Kimmel observed that the film Call Me By Your Name, a homosexual seduction story about a 24-year-old adult and a 17-year-old kid, hadn’t made much money. However, Kimmel noted, that didn’t mean the film wasn’t a success.

“That’s not the point,” he said to gales of laughter. “We don’t make films like Call Me By Your Name for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.” The entertainment industry realizes that powerful storytelling can shift the Overton Window on social issues — and capture the minds of generations of kids.

It’s disturbing that parents are now watching hyper-sexualized entertainment with their kids, although I suspect this trend has been accelerating for a long time. Most kids these days have TVs in their room and are exposed to porn before they hit the age of 12, so I’m not going to pretend that this is a new and shocking phenomenon. It is true, however, that the pandemic appears to be accelerating all previous trends — and that there has been a noted rise of overtly pornographic content in entertainment over the past decade.

“It has been facilitated by the rise of streaming video, which is not subject to broadcast decency laws, nor even (for the most part) by pressure from the advertising community,” Henson told me. “You can see content on Netflix today that is on par with the graphic content that was once the exclusive domain of channels like HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax.”

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UPDATE (3/10/2020) - Senator Ben Sasse, junior senator from Nebraska, has written a letter to the Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr, asking for an investigation into Pornhub, and its parent company, MindGeek.

We thank Senator Sasse for his courage and leadership on this issue. This is obviously a massive step in the right direction!

After reviewing many heinous instances of Pornhub having hosted videos of women and children victims of sex trafficking, Senator Sasse appeals to directly to the Attorney General, saying: "I applaud the actions that the Department [of Justice] has already undertaken under your leadership on this issue, but Pornhub must not escape scrutiny. I therefore request that the Department open an investigation into Pornhub and its parent entity MindGeek Holding SARL for their involvement in this disturbing pipeline of exploiting children and other victims and survivors of sex trafficking."

Pornhub definitely should be investigated, along with MindGeek, its parent company.

But, the abortion facility which facilitated the abortion of the sex traffickers, without notifying authorities, should also be investigated, too.

And, until such time as an investigation actually takes place, we will continue petitioning the U.S. and Canadian Attorneys General.

Could we ask that you please SIGN this urgent petition?


UPDATE (3/10/2020) - News has resurfaced that the Pornhub-featured minor female victim of trafficking, who was filmed numerous times being raped and then re-victimized again when the footage was uploaded to the porn site, endured a forced abortion.

According to news and police reports, the girl was forced to have an abortion against her will by her male abductor, whose videos of the assaults, which were found in his apartment, were also uploaded to Pornhub.

It is a known fact that abortion has been frequently used by rapists to cover-up their crimes.

How many victims of human trafficking and rape, whose videos Pornhub may have hosted, were also forced to abort a child?

This is as bad as it gets. And, this is precisely why Pornhub needs to be investigated and shut down.

Could we ask you to please consider reading and signing this important petition?


Pornhub, one of the world's largest pornography distributors, must be investigated and shut down.

Recently, Pornhub was discovered hosting 58 videos of a 15-year-old human trafficking victim who was raped.

Please sign this petition which calls on the U.S. Attorney General and his Canadian counterpart to investigate and shut down Pornhub, whose parent company,, is based in Canada.

When Pornhub was caught hosting these rape videos, they attempted to deny the fact, saying that the 15-year-old victim was a "verified model with a valid ID."

Read this Tweet, which captures their denial and defiance.

Human trafficking, rape...child pornography: this is truly disgusting.

Are there more victims of human trafficking, rape and child pornography still hosted on Pornhub?

If so, where are these victims now? And, how much could Pornhub have profited from these vile activities?

For the sake of all victims of human trafficking past, present and future, Pornhub needs to be investigated and shut down.

If Pornhub is allowed to get away with this now, then human traffickers will know that they can continue their evil deeds and no-one will care.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, and join the chorus of people, from all sides of the political spectrum, calling on the porn hosting monster to be investigated by U.S. and Canadian authorities, and to be shut down.

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The John Henry Westen Show on Pornhub and its Canadian parent company -

"Porn is reaching dangerous new lows with gang rape, violence" -

"PayPal cuts ties with major pornography site" -

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It is important to note that we aren’t helpless in the face of these trends. Goodman is a particular type of parent — she was thrilled to watch Schitt’s Creek with her kids because it has a pansexual character, and her thirteen-year-old “is transgender, nonbinary and pansexual,” whatever that means. Most parents are allowing their children more screen-time simply because lockdowns and stay-at-home orders and canceled school are driving them crazy.

But instead of parking our kids in front of screens, we should find better things to do. Read to them. Do activities. Go outside if possible. Our children are too important to turn over to Hollywood because we’re exasperated or tired.

After all, we know what Hollywood wants to tell them.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.


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