Tell Nickelodeon to Apologize for Making Fun of Homeless People
  • Petitioned Philippe P. Dauman

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Philippe P. Dauman

Tell Nickelodeon to Apologize for Making Fun of Homeless People

    1. Taylor Leake
    2. Petition by

      Taylor Leake

      Philadelphia, PA

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April 2011

Victory

The popular kids show iCarly on Nickelodeon, the most watched children's television network, had made a habit of making fun of homeless people. Not only were the jokes were inappropriate, they sent the wrong message to our children, teaching them it was okay to make fun of homeless people.

More than 1,400 Change.org members called on Viacom, Nickelodeon's parent company, to apologize for the insensitive jokes. Now we have good news: it turns out Nickelodeon has done one better, agreeing to take references of hobos off their website, and stop making hobo jokes in future episodes of iCarly.

iCarly, a popular Nickelodeon kids show about a teenager who creates an online show, features a running joke about 'hobos'. The show's website even has a photo album of the main character dressed as a 'hobo' because, the site explains, "At iCarly we LOVE hobos. So we had ourselves a hobo party! Check out our new iSnaps gallery to see iCarly all hobo-fied." 

 Please write to the CEO of Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon, and let them know you don't approve of making fun of homeless people. Ask them to apologize for these insensitive jokes. Our children shouldn't be taught that it is okay to mock people because of their financial situation.

Photo credit: Loren Javier

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! iCarly Won't Make Fun of Hobos Anymore

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Nickelodeon is the most watched children's television network, reaching over 214 million homes in the US.
      So folks were understandably upset when they heard that iCarly, one of its popular programs, was making fun of 'hobos'. Not only did they feel...

    2. Reached 1 signatures
    3. Nickelodeon Brings Hobo Jokes to Ukraine

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Nickelodeon, the largest children's television network, reaches 214 million homes in the United States, and they're about to reach a whole bunch more in Ukraine.
      Viacom, Nickelodeon's parent company just struck a deal to bring 200 episodes of their...

    4. Taylor Leake
      Petition Organizer

      Joel John Roberts, CEO of People Assisting The Homeless and publisher of weighs in on iCarly's homeless jokes:

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. We're Not Laughing: Nickelodeon's iCarly Mocks Homeless

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      What's that old adage about not saying anything if you don't have anything nice to say?
      Apparently Nickelodeon needs a reminder, because their popular kids show iCarly has made a habit of making fun of homeless people.
      The program is about a...

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Ray Barboni DEERFIELD BEACH, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Hey Nick you can make fun of anyone you like. But don't make fun of the dead in Japan or you could lose you job like Gottfried the Comedian. All he said if you lost your wife to the tsunami there is plenty floating in the water as they come by just pick one out.

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    • Grace Elaine PENN VALLEY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      My little sisters and I love iCarly. It's one of our favorite shows. But we also daily are involved with homeless due to the work of my parents. It's kind of annoying when the show makes fun of them when in all honesty it is a serious issue. Yeah, yeah, they're just kids. But my little sisters are 13 and they've always known about the issue of homeless and how not to make fun of them.

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    • Kathy Terry GIBSONTON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      NOBODY SHOULD MAKE FUN OF ANYONE, BECAUSE LIFE AND THE WORLD IS HARD ENOUGH, WITHOUT MAKING PEOPLE FEEL BAD ABOUT THEIR SITUATION,I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE AS I WAS HOMLESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION (COPD).AND HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY MEMBER?AND PLEASE DON'T SAY IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME OR MY FAMILY,BECAUSE IT COULD....

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    • Philip Greene FAIRBORN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I can only very honestly hope that whoever created and decided to run this ad finds out from a very personal experience just what it is like to be homeless.

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    • Judy Chonak PORTSMOUTH, NH
      • over 3 years ago

      I love I Carly-- it's smart, funny, quick and clever, with a great cast. I have seen the hobo jokes, and kids today don't evenr eally know the history of "hobos", riding the rails of a young industrial nation, looking for work, or for just a meal, a way to survive. Today these people are living in shelters if lucky, more are in abandoned cars, tent cities hidden in woods, and cemeteries between the tombs. It really isn't a joke. So, with a lot of love, and admiration for the ICarly cast and writers who do a great job, and set great role models, drop the hobo joke. You see, I used to be one of "those people". In my town, the police beat up the homeless, right out in public, because our charming little vaction town doesn't look so sweet with ragged people at the bus stops all day. It gets a lot worse. There are families out there as well. Nickelodeon has touched on homeless kids as a subject to bring forward in other programming. Keep being the great kids and not-so-young-kids network. Thanks for Reading.

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