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19 Reasons Nickelodeon Is 100% Better Than Cartoon Network All Day, Every Day

Nick nick nick nick na nick nick nick...Nickelodeon!


Nickelodeon was a big part of my childhood and I'm sure It was a big part of yours. If you think Cartoon Network is better, let this article change your mind.

1. Nick is the Original

Nickelodeon's original cartoons debuted in 1991, whereas Cartoon Network's original cartoons debuted in 1996.

2. Better Shows

This one is really subjective but I feel like the shows on Nick are better made, have better concepts and offer more variety to viewers. I'm really making this list to prove this point.

3. More Emotional Shows

There is something much softer and more delicate about many shows on Nickelodeon like: Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold, and As Told By Ginger. These are shows that help kids better understand emotions by showing them material that isn't always exaggerated, but rather closer to real life, helping them better make sense of the world and their place in it.

4. The Movies!

Nickelodeon broke into theatrical films in a way that Cartoon Network never did. The first film I ever saw in theaters was The Rugrats in Paris. And honestly, the climax of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, which takes place on the back of a live-action David Hasslehoff, is enough to give Nickelodeon a win in the film department.

5. Slime

I've actually been slimed, and let me tell you, it will change your whole life. Did Cartoon Network ever offer us anything even close to the miracle that is slime? No.

6. Sitcoms

Drake and Josh? The Amanda Show? All That? Clarissa Explains it All? Zoey 101? Nickelodeon's sitcom game is so strong.

7. Game Shows

If you thought Nick's sitcom game was strong their game show game is even stronger. Waits for the reboot of Double Dare.

8. Nick Knows How to Do Reboots

Speaking of Reboots, Nick knows how to do them RIGHT. Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie was even better than the first Hey Arnold movie, and I'm so excited for the Double Dare reboot and Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling. Cartoon Network has dipped their toes in reboots (cough, cough The Powerpuff Girls) but let's not talk about unpleasantness, shall we?

9. SpongeBob SquarePants

Not only is Sponbgebob an incredibly funny show which spawned two movies and a BROADWAY MUSICAL, Spongebob Squarepants, himself, is a cartoon icon, among the likes of Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. Top that, Johnny Bravo.

10. The Variety of Shows

Nick has it all: top-rate cartoons, clever sitcoms, and thrilling game shows. It's a well-rounded network, with something for everyone.

11. The Color Scheme

While black and white can be tasteful, but orange is bold and beautiful, it's both kid-friendly and stands out.

12. The Jingles/Bumpers

Nick nick nick nick na nick nick nick Nickelodeon! Cartoon Network didn't have any jingles

13. The VHS's

The Nickelodeon VHS's were ORANGE...enough said.

14. But Most of All, the Shows Taught Us Lessons...About Friendship

15. And Kindness

16. Helping Others

17. Staying True to Yourself

18. While Still Being Silly and Appealing to Kids, (and Adults, too)

Once a Nickelodeon kid, always a Nickelodeon kid.

19. If You Still Think Cartoon Network is Better Than Nickelodeon...

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The Risky 'Stranger Things' Casting Mistake That Needs Fixing

Not only am I disappointed by such a great show's dangerous decision, I'm upset by the fact that no one has corrected it.


Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.

This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.

Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.

Flickr- Natalia Dyer (left)

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two serious eating and emotional disorders characterized by loss of appetite, refusal to eat, excessive exercise, body dysmorphia, and (specific to bulimia) compulsive binge eating followed by purging.

While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.

Youtube- "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Premiere

In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.

Youtube- "I Believe in Unicorns" 2014

When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.

I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).

Youtube- Natalia Dyer 2017

While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.

During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."

Flickr- Shannon Purser

Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.

As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."

From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."

Youtube- Natalia Dyer at ages 17 (left) and 20 (right)

There are many different solutions to this problem, but without knowing Natalia's exact situation, it could be thoughtless and damaging to bombard her with messages about gaining weight, meaning the issue of casting an actress who inadvertently (I cannot stress the word "inadvertently" enough) inspires young fans to starve themselves lies solely in the hands of the show's creators.

There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Taught Me Just How Important Gay Rights Are

This episode opened my eyes and heart.


Attending a Catholic high school made it very clear in my mind that LGBTQ individuals did not fit in with society. I watched as our principle refused to allow students to invite their same-sex partners to dances. I remember our administration fighting against letting a boy on our dance team because they thought it would ruin the reputation of being a Catholic school. The way they were treated in front of me every day became the way I thought the world should treat them too. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

In season seven, episode 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey encounters a patient who was trampled by horses after his partner set up a carriage ride to take them to sign their domestic partnership papers. His partner explains to Meredith that he had just wanted the day to be special because straight people get to have the most special day of their lives on their wedding day. They get the flowers, the ceremony, the reception, the gifts. At this point in time, all members of the LGBTQ got was their signature on a piece of paper.

I remember something inside of me being moved at the thought of someone simply being in love and not being able to celebrate it because people thought it was "weird" or "unnatural." I put myself in the reverse situation and thought about how much it would break my heart if society did not accept the fact that I want to marry my wonderful boyfriend some day. I cried during the scene in the show because even though it was acting, I could see just how important these two people were to each other and all of the unnecessary barriers they had to cross just to prove that their love was the same as anyone else's.

Maybe this moment was extremely late in my life to have the realization of how hard it must be for LGBTQ people to find happiness in our society, but I am glad I had that realization at all.

Certain religions crucify the LGBTQ community, saying they will go to hell for sexuality because it is a sin. Personally, I have a hard time believing that God could condemn anyone for showing another human being unconditional love.

It scares me how poisonous our society can be at times. 10 years ago, if you asked me how I felt about people in the LGBTQ community, I would probably (wrongfully) say that they freaked me out. These days, while you won't necessarily see me at a Pride parade, you will see me hyping up and supporting my awesome gay best friend to go after his crush. You will see me taking girls hitting on me as a compliment rather than something weird. You will see me openly supporting gay rights because it is the right things to do, human to human.

The saying "love is love" is so simple, yet so incredibly true.

I can't help how much I love my boyfriend and I would never in a million years expect someone to tell me to stop. Who are we to tell members of the LGBTQ community to stay in some box society and religion have built? We aren't. Love is love and you can never and will never be able to put rules and restrictions on a feeling.

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