During the time leading up to my baptism and even more so afterwards, my study conductor and her friend were always telling me how I shouldn't be watching the soaps. (I had mentioned to them at some point how I enjoy watching Emmerdale and Coronation Street).
They described them as being unwholesome and encouraging of immoral ways. I was a tad offended at this as I didn't consider that I would be that influenced by a soap at my age. :)
As with the accounts in the Bible of tales of immorality and murder, I thought that you could learn from them. For instance in any soap it would be unusual to watch as someone has an affair and quietly gets away with it.
They continued to (not so subtly) have conversations in front of me about the evils of soap. This got my back up a great deal, but saying that, I did actually try to do other things by the time the soaps came on (such as use the internet instead!).
It got to a stage that I started to feel quite crap about myself that I still enjoyed watching these programmes and whenever the subject arose I wanted to go and hide somewhere. I would imagine my SC and her friend doing some kind of wholesome activity of an evening but I wasn't sure what, maybe they studied their wt articles.
It came as quite a shock soon after I left as I was perusing around the eBay site. I decided to look up my SC's friend's eBay id to have a sneaky peak at her feedback and the items she had bought. Well I couldn't believe my eyes at some of the items, but what got me the most was the Little Britain merchandise! I don't know about anyone else but I would consider any soap as quite lame compared to that programme.
I was absolutely livid about the double speak, but was pleased in a way as I had only just left and it was just another thing to prove I had made the right choice.
It really got me though to imagine myself succumbing to the pressure of this person and tried to find other things to do of an evening, whilst all the time her and her husband are happily plonked in front of Little Britain.