Why do kids characters have speech impediments? Are they wetarted or somefin?

Not trying to get all Seinfeldian on you, but, what’s up with kids characters having speech impediments?  Andie and I have been spending a lot of time indoors the past two days and as such I’ve resorted to a little TV babysitting.  She doesn’t watch TV yet, but I do have a couple of Sesame Street DVDs that are pretty great, except for the Baby Bear character.  Everyone always says that the Elmo character is the most annoying – high pitched and so enthusiastic – but Baby Bear is infinitesimally more annoying.  He does baby tawk with a super speech impediment.  I have never wanted to turn my own TV upside down more than I do when he’s tawking.

“What’s a wectangle?”  Agh!

Also, I downloaded Peekaboo Barn for my iPad based on how much my cousin’s kid loves it.  It has a really great and simple functionality that any kid gets right away.  Tap the barn and the doors open to reveal a new animal.  Andie loves it and will tap the thing for 10 straight minutes (which is a lifetime in terms of her current attention span).  The voiceover is a little kid that tells you what the animal is.  That’s great, except for the impediment the kid has.

“Wooster!”  Dah!

This doesn’t add authenticity, it’s just annoying.  Now, I wouldn’t say that these impediments are contributing to my kid having a speech problem as Andie has perfect pronunciation (elocution school really paid off), but I do think it’s confusing to teach kids the name of things the wrong way.

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5 thoughts on “Why do kids characters have speech impediments? Are they wetarted or somefin?

  1. graham January 20, 2012 at 12:44 am Reply

    it has only just begun…wait to you get to dora…DO…YOU…SEE…THE…PINK…RIVER…

  2. […] if our kids would always do what we wanted? Probably worth experimenting. I’ve written about my disdain for the speech impediments that the primary characters are reinforcing in kids, so I won’t rehash […]

  3. Agshshshs January 6, 2013 at 2:18 am Reply

    Infinitesimally means incredibly small

    • James Taylor January 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

      Thank you for correcting me, I was an english MINOR in college OK, couldn’t hack it for the major. Usually I’m policed for my poor grammar, thanks for now adding misuse of words! But seriously, thanks for checking out the blog!

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