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In a Facebook post made on Monday, Louisiana congressional representative Mike Johnson (R) decried the Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary FXX, because the former aired a commercial for the latter’s new animated series Little Demon during the second quarter of a Louisiana State University football game.

Johnson says he was floored by the trailer for the show, and claims:

I couldn’t get to the remote fast enough to shield my 11-year-old from the preview, and I wonder how many other children were exposed to it—and how many millions more will tune in to the new series, owned and marketed by DISNEY.

After posting the show’s official synopsis and several quotes from the show’s voice actors about paganism and anti-Christian sentiments, he continued:

I could write volumes this morning, and unpack pages of Bible verses here, but instead I’m just going to state the obvious:  Please be careful. Our job as parents is to guard the hearts and minds of our kids. This culture has become alarmingly dark and desensitized and this is not a game. Disney and FX have decided to embrace and market what is clearly evil. STAY FAR FROM IT.

In a follow-up post on Tuesday, after writing at length about how many people had reacted to his original Facebook post, Johnson added:

Free speech is an important principle, and in this country, everyone can obviously make their own decisions about what media they and their families consume. But a corollary is that Christians have the freedom to fulfill our obligation to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15), even—and sometimes most importantly—when it may not be popular.

It’s worth noting that Johnson’s only call to action was directed at parents to monitor what kind of content their children are exposed to, and not a call for government intervention. That contrasts with demands earlier this year from five Republican U.S. senators, who pushed for tv ratings to be adapted to include trigger warnings for LGBTQIA+ characters, or calls on Monday from a collection of Middle Eastern governments for Netflix to remove any content offensive to “Islamic and societal values”.

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