I was trying to keep the subject matter vague for the point of discussion, but in case you are interested, the obsession of the moment is the TV show, Pinkalicious, which ironically is about a girl obnoxiously obsessed with the color pink.
The original book it is based on seemed to contain the moral that obsession over a color is foolish. In the story, the girl eats pink cupcakes until she literally turns pink and has to learn to eat green things in order to recover. The moral being that being open to different colors that aren’t your favorite is the healthy way to go, both physically and figuratively. Unfortunately, the TV show doesn’t capture that moral well and what is emphasized is that pink is the most wonderful color in the world and Pinkalicious’ parents and pediatrician are fussy old fuddy-duddies since they don’t realize that literally turning pink is only the singularly best thing that could ever happen to a person.
That’s the first episode. Many of the subsequent episodes continue the pink obsession with songs about pink, turning things pink, pink being the color of “joy and love”, going on a mission to find pink shoes (because blue shoes are insufficient no matter how comfortable and appropriate they are.) etc.
There ARE legitimately positive aspects to the show. It’s one of the few kids’ shows with appropriate vocal models from child actors. I get sick of listening to the digitally altered adult voices in Daniel Tiger and others. There is a demonstrably good relationship between the main character and her younger brother. There is an emphasis on problem solving and STEM, which is good.
Unfortunately, what my daughter has picked up on is being obsessed with pink. She now goes around screaming every time she sees something pink. It’s extremely irritating. She also insists on a “pink one” whenever she is being given something and whines if a pink one isn’t available. She is already on notice that the only acceptable response to being given something is “thank you” and if she complains about something not being pink again, Pinkalicious will be on permanent hiatus in our household. She’s needed a few reminders, but she’s upheld her end of the deal so far. We had to make a similar threat regarding Peanuts after she called her daddy a “blockhead”.
I tried discretely making sure the TV wasn’t on during the show, just for my sanity, but she knows it comes on a little while after her brother starts his nap and starts begging for it. We haven’t officially banned it yet, but I’m getting close. Ironically, not a week before this show came out, she informed me that pink wasn’t even a “real color” because it wasn’t represented in the spectrum of light.