I had my kids during the time that Barney was The Big Thing. He was everywhere, and as much as the kids loved him, every adult I knew despised him - well, the whole show, actually. But one parenting magazine took it to a whole new level.
In the back of the magazine they usually had previews of articles that would be in the next issue. One of them featured Barney, and said that he was more than just annoying, he could be "downright dangerous." Well, of course this piqued my interest, and I couldn't wait until the next month. When I finally got my copy, I eagerly found the article, wondering what on earth it would say - expecting all kinds of stories about child endangerment, predators, and who knows what else.
What the article said was that Barney sends the wrong message - and one example was that one episode had a girl who was sad because everyone else had families that included siblings and dads, but her family just had a mommy and a nana. So Barney said, "Oh, don't be sad, your family is just right for YOU!" And then the girl was happy again.
Apparently, this was likely to drive little children to all kinds of epic self destruction, because Barney should have told her that it's ok to be sad about not having brothers or sisters or a father.
Wow, overdramatize much? It's not that I don't understand what they're saying, but I think they're splitting hairs.