Nickelodeon, iCarly Loses Their Minds – and Perpetuates Stigma

If you follow me on Twitter (Chrisa_Hickey) or follow the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (bpkids) then you know about tonight’s episode of iCarly entitled, “iLost My Mind”.  It’s appalling that a kid’s TV show thinks it’s ok to poke fun at mental illness.  Here’s a preview of the episode:

I will be live blogging my reaction to the episode tonight at 8 PM Eastern / 7 Central / 5 Pacific.  Join me here and join in on the conversation.

Read CABF Executive Director Susan Resko’s blog post about tonight’s episode.

*** UPDATE***
We’re expecting storms here around air time.  If I can’t see the show because my Dish is down (as happens during a thunderstorm), I will blog during the West Coast rebroadcast.

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  • Jessa August 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    My kids are not allowed to watch any of the Disney/Nick/etc 'sitcoms'. And thankfully they don't want to most of the time. They are awful and give a very skewed view of how it is when you are younger.

  • Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I watched the show and was appalled. My daughter (who is currently in a psychiatric hospital) loved iCarly, but it looks Nick will join Disney and ABC "Family" on our blocked list. Just FYI – the sponsors of this show were: Glee 3-D movie; Kraft Foods (Capri Sun); Sketchers shoes; Smurfs Movie; State Farm Insurance; Victorious soundtrack. Boycott them.

  • Kris August 14, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I haven't seen it yet but as far as the sponsors go, most of the time companies buy ad space for a certain longer time slot without much say at what point during it their ad will be played

  • Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 3:19 am

    What a shame that Nickelodeon and Dan Schneider produced this episode. This show really does serve as the best friend for a lot of children with mental illness. This espisode hurts them on so many levels. My heart goes out to the poor children who need help and saw this episode. What a mistake you made, Dan Schneider.

  • Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Your comments on the DawWarp blog site brought me here when the episode was aired. I went back to that site today and saw that all the negative comments that were posted about the protrayal of the mentally ill were remove from the website. They obviously do not care and won't stand up for their actions.