To the Editor:
For nine seasons I have enjoyed watching “America’s Got Talent,” or AGT — until June 17.
AGT is billed as a family show, but the audition of 12-year-old Josh Orlian as a “stand-up comedian” ruined that image. The sixth grade boy recited “jokes” that were all of sexual nature. For this to be allowed and then to be given four “yes” votes by the judges is disheartening.
An older person reciting such garbage would have been viewed as perverted. So why was this child given applause and the opportunity to perform again? Is this the message we give our children — do what you want because the “adults” lack the courage and responsibility to encourage proper character?
If just one of the judges would have had enough wisdom to vote “no,” I would have seen sensible responsibility. I value free speech and freedom, but this is about setting values for our younger generations — and apparently for some within the older generations. Encourage children to value the difference between right and wrong, and give them guidance — they desire it and will respect you for standing up.
Dennis R. Jurmu