MTV Says It Will Review ‘Beavis and Butt-head’
MORAINE, Ohio (AP) _ MTV said it will take another look at its show ″Beavis and Butt-head″ after a woman whose 5-year-old son set a fatal house fire blamed the cartoon for promoting burning as fun.
Austin Messner, whose 2-year-old sister died in the fire, watched an episode in which the cartoon characters said fire is fun, said Moraine Fire Chief Harold Sigler.
″According to the mother, right after that she caught him playing with matches,″ Sigler said.
Austin; his mother, Darcy Burk; and her boyfriend, Steve Sears, escaped. His 2-year-old sister, Jessica Matthews, died in the fire Wednesday.
″Beavis and Butt-head″ features animated two teen-agers who comment on rock videos and spend time burning and destroying things.
Carole Robinson, a spokeswoman for MTV, said Friday that the cable network would ″re-examine issues regarding ‘Beavis and Butt-head.’ ″
″Responsibly programming MTV has always been and will continue to be our top priority,″ she said.
Sigler said he wants MTV to eliminate any shows that might encourage playing with fire and would like to see violence on the program reduced.
″When you take a child in the formative years and you get these cartoon characters saying it’s fun to play with fire ... this is going to stick in that kid’s mind and it’s going to be with him for a long time,″ Sigler said.
In western Ohio, Sidney Fire Chief Stan Crosley said three girls started a house fire Aug. 23 after watching a ″Beavis and Butt-head″ episode that featured one character setting fire to the other’s hair by using a match to ignite spray from an aerosol can.