(February 1, 2002)
I was watching MAD TV on a Saturday night. In my opinion, that comedy troupe does what the original cast of Saturday Night Live used to do so many years ago. They do a lot of parody skits, making fun of things like the Radio Shack commercials, Robert DeNiro, and the Indigo kids. Yes, the Indigo kids. Actually, they were making fun of the Oprah shows where she brings on child geniuses
and their families as guests. Does Oprah know she does shows with Indigo children? Who knows? I'm betting she does. Does MAD TV know they were doing a parody of the Indigo kids? I'm betting definitely not.

If you haven't seen the Oprah shows with the children, here's what usually happens. She brings on children ages seven to 21 who have accomplished more in a short period of time than most adults we know. They have started computer companies, graduated high school at very young ages, started college at very young ages, created nonprofit corporations, raised money for charities, helped people in other countries, and met with Presidents, Kings, Queens, and the Dalai Lama. They all have one goal in mind and that is to help others. They are ambitious and confident about how they are going to change the world. When asked, they will give a detailed outline of how they intend to accomplish their goals. The audience always gasps in awe and wonder when the plans they outline are so concrete, logical, and well thought out.

The MAD TV audience gasped in awe and wonder just when they were supposed to so that the comedienne who played the interviewer role could say repeatedly "I know – Only seven years old." While shaking her head. So, we should rejoice that there are so many Indigo children on the planet today that they get paid the highest compliment by pubic media. Imitation and parody are supposed to be the highest form of flattery, is it not? But, there was another part to the skit that was a little disturbing and made another point very clear.

Sitting beside the actor who played the seven-year old girl genius were three people who played the parents and the twin sister. The actor who played the
twin sister played the role as an "average" seven-year-old. She acted up, talked out of turn, was excited to be on TV, and couldn’t sit still. The interviewer would ask the parents a question about what it is like to be the parents of the seven-year-old genius, completely ignoring the other child. The parents are clearly embarrassed by the average child's behavior and make every attempt to control her. The dad hits her on the back of the head, threatens her with punishment, even telling her that he's going to kill her if she doesn't shut up at one point.

The interviewer continues by asking the mother to tell about how the genius child got into painting. The mother relates the story and they show a fake picture of a mural the child painted on the first try on her bedroom wall. The genius child answers the questions and then attempts to draw her sister into the conversation. She asks her sister to show her own artwork, which she has in her pocket. The genius child is proud of her sister's artwork. The average child opens up a picture of a hand that's been colored to look like a turkey. You remember those drawings. You did one yourself and you've probably got one hanging on your fridge at Thanksgiving if you parent a seven-year-old.

The interviewer makes a face to indicate that she's clearly not impressed with this little drawing. The average child is proud to be showing her turkey. The parents, particularly the dad, discount the child's drawing by stating over and over that it's just a hand. The child continues to insist that it's a turkey until the dad grabs the paper, crumbles it up and throws it over his shoulder. The audience reacted with
a groan that indicated that they thought that was pretty rude.

The interviewer continues to try to engage the genius child and the mom in conversation but is interrupted when the dad picks up the average child and
hauls her out of the studio to the car. The last shot of the skit is of the average child sipping air out of the cracked open window in the back seat of the car as if she were a dog who was left out in the sun in the car.

The new kids have arrived and whether the general population knows it or not, they are recognizing these children. The Indigos are different from the "normal" children. It makes them easy to identify. I can't help but wonder what happens to the children of the old energy as the adults, most of whom also of the old energy, begin to become enamored with the newness of the Indigos. Will they begin to treat the "normal" kids the way that dad treated his daughter in that skit?
Indigos don’t want other children to be treated differently, as demonstrated by the genius child trying to acknowledge her sister. To exploit them as different, or better than, violates what they know to be true; that we are all a piece of God. The sum of the parts make the whole and we need to remember that what happens to one person automatically affects another. I don't watch MAD TV very often. I think I'll tape it from now on.