The decade's most triggering comedy
Gone are the days when children would learn about the birds and bees in a chat with mom and dad by the fireplace. In progressive 2018, the headmasters of Netflix are the great educators, and they have the perfect instructional materials to broaden the little tykes’ horizons: the “American Pie” movies.
In response to the repeal of a graphic sex education program in Ontario, Netflix Canada suggested on social media that children can “learn about sex” by watching the ’90s teen comedy that out-raunched both “Porky’s” and “Fast Times At Ridgemont High.”
“Since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can ‘learn’ about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix,” the streaming service tweeted on December 5.
Recently, the government of Ontario repealed the Kathleen-Wynne sex-education program that exposed children to explicit sexual content at an early age. The Netflix tweet was more of a pointed political statement than ironic hyperbole.
“The curriculum introduces homosexuality in Grade 3, masturbation in Grade 6, oral and anal sex in Grade 7, and teaches there are six genders — male, female, two-spirited, transgender, transsexual and intersex — rather than two biological sexes,” LifeSiteNews reports. “At no point in the curriculum is sexual activity connected to love and marriage.”
While considered tame by today’s standards, where every cable and streaming show features sex and nudity in nearly every scene, “American Pie” was notorious for pushing the raunchy humor envelope in the late-’90s to new extremes. The most famous (for better or worse) scene featured the main character, Jim, getting intimate with an apple pie. Nearly two decades later, the Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name” would up the shock quotient with the infamous peach scene.
Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In” describes the way sex is presented in the “American Pie” films:
“‘American Pie” takes sex and turns it into a sport. Oral sex is lumped together with masturbation as “practice for the big game.” Both are encouraged by the only two parental figures in the film. Pornography is presented as healthy for a boy’s development and exciting to look at for girls. Voyeurism and invasion of privacy are winked at. The makers of this film would have you believe that sex is the “holy grail” of teenage experiences.
Other pro-family advocates blasted Netflix for directing children to watch the “American Porn” movies for sexual training. Tanya Granic Allen, president of Parents As First Educators, told LifeSiteNews that Netflix has no business advising children about anything.
“The Kathleen Wynne sex-ed, which has yet to be fully repealed, sexualizes children, promotes the unscientific gender identity theory, and overrides parental rights,” she said. “The Wynne sex-ed, doesn’t even address the dangers of pornography. Yet here is Netflix referring children to films which feature hypersexualized discussions, and make a laughing matter of the production and distribution of child pornography. Given their track record (13 Reasons Why), should Netflix really be handing out advice for children on how and what to ‘learn’? Parents will decide ‘how much’ and ‘when’ in dealing with sex-ed, not the government, and certainly not Netflix.”