The Ministry of Women, Gender Policies and Sexual Diversity of the province of Buenos Aires filed a complaint with the Office of the Public Defender of the Nation, that in a chapter of the new season of the saga “Dragon Ball Super “, “symbolic violence” was detected. Faced with this situation, the Cartoon Network LA channel (Latin America) decided to take the program off the air,
“Ehe episode that was seen on the screens in Argentina reproduced the exercise of sexual violence by an elder towards a minor, in a context of social acceptance, in which the violation of a girl was naturalized“The Ministry of Women reported in a statement.
In addition, in the note presented by the Buenos Aires ministry it was emphasized that this type of content transmitted on a channel that is located as “the first children’s cable signal and reaches children between 4 and 11 years old with cable (according to data from IBOPE Media Argentina), configures an event that exposes them to symbolic violence“.
In this context, by indication of the minister Estela Diaz, the Undersecretary of Policies against Violence Flavia Delmas and the provincial director of Communication Planning and Management Lucia Garcia Itzigsohn, stated in the letter the concern about the dissemination of content not suitable for children.
Dragon Ball Super scene denounced for “symbolic violence”
The episode referred to in the complaint is one in which the character of the Master Roshi, asks one of his students to allow him to use the “services” of one of his magical pets, which can transform physically.
At that moment he clarifies that what he wants is “To become a beautiful young lady”. And he justifies himself by saying “My weak point is my perverted thoughts that I want to overcome”. Then the pig Woolong makes an account of other situations where he suffered abuse by men.
For its part, from the Public Defender In addition to this complaint, he had already received others where the same problem was manifested. It is because of that established a dialogue with all the actors trying to generate spaces for exchange, reflection, and proposals for symbolic reparation of the rights affected.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Analysis, Investigation and Monitoring of this organization analyzed the content of this chapter of the children’s series and identified that it contains a scene of abuse and subjection by an older male towards an adolescent.
In addition, they specified that this is extremely inconvenient in relation to the problem of sexual abuse in childhood and adolescence, since naturalizes abuse, by making it part of the exchange between the characters.
Cartoon Network Decision
In the meantime, from Cartoon Network as from Warnermedia they were receptive in relation to the indications of the audiences, they expressed great concern about the broadcast of the chapter and they recognized the error in the programming sequence.
They also reported on some of the measures adopted as a result of this event, among which they noted the decision to take the entire strip out of the air. In turn they expressed that the entire series will be edited, in case in the future it is decided to put it on the air again.
With respect to what was established by the Public Defender’s Office, they expressed their willingness to coordinate a training instance in terms of symbolic reparation for what happened. In that sense, they indicated that they hope to coordinate actions for the purposes of jointly design campaigns and specific content aimed at children, in order to promote their rights within the framework of the gender perspective.
Finally, a few weeks ago a user of Twitter He opened the debate on this issue after sharing a fragment of an episode of the original drawing’s interquel, Dragon Ball Super.
“This came out last night on Cartoon Network LA in an episode of Dragon Ball Super. Don’t you check the contents before uploading them? “, criticized the user Ernesto Lamas (“@ernestolamas”). After that publication, several Internet users left their comments about it.