So on my day off today (only as a teacher do you truly appreciate snow days), I stumbled upon what might be the most ignant and just weird children's show I have ever seen. The show/character is called Hip-Hop Harry (click the link at your own peril). According to CD Baby:
"Hip Hop Harry is a live action, educational, music & dance based children’s television series that airs weekday mornings on Discovery Kids & TLC’s Ready Set Learn Block!"
(Yes this bastard child of hip-hop and Barney has a CD)
Now, besides the obviously odd concept of using breakdancing and rapping to "teach" kids (the episode I watched was on the colors of the rainbow... eh), it just seems like a real life representation of all those fantastic stereotypes that people have about rap and rappers. Don't get me wrong, I think educational programming is great, and if the show was decently done I would have no problem with it. But when kids break out in a concert style call and response with this shucking and jiving, arm waving, chain wearing, overgrown muppet, and it is supposed to be educational, then I start to have a problem, as a teacher and a person with common sense.
Plus he reminds me of those creepy animatronic Chuck E. Cheese robots that freaked us all out...
Anyway... here is Hip-Hop Harry and his musical stylings. Enjoy.
This should clear up some of the reason why kids were in love with this garbage.
I'm gonna go start listening to country music or something...