Why do they call it a joy ride? If the driver hit and killed someone or himself, it wouldn’t be so joyful.
I’m not even going to say the kid’s name because I don’t want to give him anymore credit for doing a really stupid thing. Giving a 7-year-old kid attention on TV and in the papers because he stole his mom’s car and took it for a “joy ride” is a bad idea.
On Fox News with his ENTIRE family, the kid said he took the car because he didn’t want to go to church. On the Today Show, the dad said if a “cotton candy, all American kid like _______ [could do this], it could happen to anybody.” I don’t think so. When asked what his punishment was, the kid said, “grounded for four days.” By the time this kid made it on the Ellen Show, the parents got so much grief from people for the short punishment that the dad said the kid was now grounded for a month. A MONTH? Are they for real? A kid steals a car, gets chased by the police, runs from the police and all he gets is grounded for a month? Totally dumb! Several of the comments I read suggested that the parents should be punished.
I actually only saw the Ellen episode last Friday but as I was writing this post, I wondered if other shows had him on also. It didn’t take much effort to find other major shows made a bad decision to have him on too. But Ellen made a worse decision. At the end of the interview, she jokingly gave the dad a steering wheel lock and said maybe it would help keep the kid from taking the car again. But it got worse. Even though she told the kid that what he did was bad, the show still gave him a kid-size motorized Cadillac car! How dumb was that?!! So what does that tell other kids, “Hey, I can do something criminal, get famous on TV, AND get a cool toy?”
It really bugged me that the kid looked like he was proud of himself as he waved and danced walking on Ellen’s stage. And on every show, they (the family and the host) were all laughing about it while saying it wasn’t a laughing situation. Then don’t laugh! It was plain stupid!
When there are hundreds of kids out there who ARE good role models for lots of different reasons, why doesn’t the media focus on them?