Irresponsible or... progressive?
But what is the worst thing you have forced your angelic children into? Surfing all sandy, painful and awkward? Skiing, freezing cold, also painful and even more awkward? A sedentary life on the couch playing video games and eating frozen pizza while developing diabetes?
I have forced seven-year-old daughter into tennis. I imagine her, one day, impressing the dukes and duchesses of impressive lineages with her graceful forehand. Parking another Porsche in my garage with a wink, after winning the French Open.
She hates it. I don’t care and sometimes shout back, across the net, “You’re lucky I don’t feed you to Great White sharks!” only somewhat in jest.
As it turns out, feeding children to Great White sharks is a true phenomenon and also lucrative. Don’t believe? Oh we must turn to the well-respected child monetization website Traveller for the absolute latest.
A travel blogger couple has been labelled irresponsible after posting a video of their children, one just five years old, diving in a shark cage.
The Bucket List Family, who have a popular Youtube channel, uploaded a video of their dive with great white sharks off the coast of Baja California, in western Mexico.
Parents Garrett and Jessica were happy for their daughter Dorothy, seven, and son Manilla, five, to step into the shark cage.
The children go through the requirements beforehand, taking a safety briefing and signing a waiver.
“I was a little bit scared,” Dorothy said in a post-shoot interview. “But then I was brave.”
The two children don wetsuits and breath with ‘hooker lines’ – essentially long tubes pumping air from the boat above.
Dorothy and Manilla then plunge into the submerged shark cage, their father swimming with them.
As Manilla put it later: “It felt like I was floating in space.”
Dorothy had something else to add: “You’re in the cage. But there are holes. Lots of big holes.”
Holes big enough for those blood-mad Great Whites to swim right through, no doubt, and of course the general public became very angry, calling the escapade “child abuse” and “bad” but… and bear with me here… kids say the darndest things!
Still, the horror goes on and on and on. People declaring that the regulator does not fit in a five-year-old-mouth and the children may drown. People crowing about “safety” and “responsibility” and “common sense.”
But let’s be honest. Would you toss your beatific offspring into a shark cage? If you were paid lots of money? The video has received very many views on YouTube. Over 4 million which equals well over a few thousand dollars.
Leased Porsche coming soon (I recommend the Panamera which comfortably seats two parents plus two earners)!
More as the story develops.