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Mister Rogers Wants Beavis and Butt-head To Set Goals

October 15, 1993

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Don’t expect to find ″Beavis and Butt-head″ hanging out in ″Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.″

The creator of the public television children’s program is calling for producers to turn out higher quality shows for kids.

″Why can’t we give them the best, rather that what might not be?″ Fred Rogers asked after he was honored Thursday by the Pittsburgh Presbytery for his work. Rogers, who has been host of the gentle, upbeat show for 25 years, is also a Presbyterian minister.

Shows like MTV’s popular ″Beavis and Butt-head″ cartoon just don’t meet that lofty mark, he suggested. True to his kindly TV temperament, he steered clear of direct criticism of the show, which features a pair of pyromaniacal teen-agers.

″It’s not a matter of censorship,″ he said. ″It’s a matter of setting some goals and trying to reach them.″

″Beavis and Butt-head″ has drawn criticism since a woman blamed the show for the fire that killed her 2-year-old child and apparently had been set by her 5-year-old.

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