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Bruce Willis TV special to inspire 'new generation of dads'
World Peace Herals/UPI ^ | 11 December 2004

Posted on 12/15/2004 1:35:16 PM PST by Lorianne

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. cable's Spike TV examines the rewards of being a father in a two-hour special "True Dads with Bruce Willis."

The special, hosted by actor and father of three Bruce Willis, is scheduled for Friday at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

"Today's men are looking for new role models about how to be a dad -- you can't just come home and watch TV anymore," says Albie Hecht, president of Spike TV. "According to research from Spike TV's recent nationwide study of men, we found that nearly half of the men surveyed said they don't spend as much time as they would like with their kids -- we hope this documentary will help to inspire a new generation of fathers."

One out of every four U.S. homes has no father.

The show examines fatherhood from the perspective of six dads via their personal stories and experiences, including: NASCAR's Kerry Earnhardt; Dr. Jonathan Clark, husband of late astronaut Laurel Clark who was killed in the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy; and Joseph Jones, a one-time heroin addict and deadbeat dad.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brucewillis; dad; family; father; fatherhood; spiketv

1 posted on 12/15/2004 1:35:17 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
"Yippie Ki Yeah... Mother %$#&@$
2 posted on 12/15/2004 1:41:18 PM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: YouPosting2Me

Bruce is probably a great father to his children. I would have divorced Moore, if I were him, too. She's got issues. You can be a divorcee and still be a great father.


3 posted on 12/15/2004 1:43:59 PM PST by timtoews5292004
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To: Lorianne

As long as it doesn't cut into Most Extreme Elimination Challenge! :-)


4 posted on 12/15/2004 1:44:11 PM PST by inkling
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To: timtoews5292004

He's been a good father to Ashton Kutcher. :-)


6 posted on 12/15/2004 1:44:41 PM PST by inkling
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To: Lorianne

Demi has issues if she left bruce for that young punk kutcher.


7 posted on 12/15/2004 1:45:36 PM PST by hoosierboy
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To: Lorianne

This will only have meaning if it is about true fatherhood and not some feminist ideal of an emasculated betamale.


8 posted on 12/15/2004 1:46:08 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: inkling

my point exactly. anyone who'd leave bruce and then get together that vapid bag of humanity has some severe emotional troubles.


9 posted on 12/15/2004 1:46:52 PM PST by timtoews5292004
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To: timtoews5292004; YouPosting2Me; Lorianne
Bruce is probably a great father to his children. I would have divorced Moore, if I were him, too. She's got issues. You can be a divorcee and still be a great father.

Not really if you are a "divorcee" and a father you definitely have some "issues". A "divorcée" is a divorced woman. A "divorcé" is a divorced man.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=divorce

10 posted on 12/15/2004 1:50:41 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: longtermmemmory

It's on Spike tv, so it should be alright.

But I agree. Hopefully they will focus on how fathers can instill character, strength, patience, resilience in their kids.

"I am proud to be a soldier, but I am much prouder - infintiely prouder - to be a father."
- Douglas MacArthur


11 posted on 12/15/2004 1:51:49 PM PST by AndyStevenson
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To: Paleo Conservative

He named his kid..."Rumor"


12 posted on 12/15/2004 1:52:39 PM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Lorianne

I met Kerry Earnhardt at MIS several years ago when I was picking up a friend doing construction in the garage area. Earnhardt was there to be a dad. He showed up more than a week before the ARCA race so he could spend a quiet week with his family and go see the sights.


13 posted on 12/15/2004 1:54:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (I come swinging the olive branch of peace.)
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To: ken5050

Well, that's better than his first choice "Un-named Dan Rather Source".


14 posted on 12/15/2004 2:02:56 PM PST by techcor
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To: Lorianne

I wish him success.

One of the first topics they can cover is "Baby Names....Do Not Pick a Weird One"


15 posted on 12/15/2004 2:04:21 PM PST by texaschick
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To: hoosierboy
Demi has issues if she left bruce for that young punk kutcher.

Bruce and Demi were in splitsville long before Punk'd boy came along.

16 posted on 12/15/2004 2:06:09 PM PST by silent_jonny (It's CHRISTmas, not Xmas!!!)
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To: hoosierboy

That is hollywood. It would not be surprising if that whole may/december "romance" is just a fake to rehabilitate her lagging career.

How many other famous relationships were fakes? (rock hudson)


17 posted on 12/15/2004 2:06:22 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Lorianne
Seems to me that if dads would spend less time watching Spike TV learning how to be a good dad and use that time to hang out with their kids the problem might be solved.
18 posted on 12/15/2004 2:07:15 PM PST by Republican Red (A Global Freak'n Test ???????)
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To: Republican Red

The same could be said for mothers and Oprah/Dr. Phil.


19 posted on 12/15/2004 2:09:55 PM PST by silent_jonny (It's CHRISTmas, not Xmas!!!)
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To: Republican Red

My thoughts too.....

Best thing you can do as a dad is teach your chidren how to turn off the TV


20 posted on 12/15/2004 2:11:21 PM PST by TexanByBirth
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To: Republican Red

There are too many boys who only know how to be a bad mother rather than a good father.

How about the fact that all self help TV and broadcast television is basically for women. Even spike is pretty weak when it comes to purposed television for men.

How many children still live in the same house as dad?


21 posted on 12/15/2004 2:14:10 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: timtoews5292004; inkling

Bruce is the one who left Demi after shacking up with Liv Tyler while filming Armegeddon. Not exactly Father of the Year material, committing adultery and all that.


22 posted on 12/15/2004 2:41:32 PM PST by Liberty Tree Surgeon (Buy American, the Nation you save may be your own)
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To: Lorianne
Family law courts in the country could do a lot toward bettering fatherhood -- heaven knows they've done a lot to damage it.

Case in point: In the course of some consulting work, my husband has been dealing with a VP of a major international company. A year or so ago he went through a divorce; his wife and kids live in a 4,000 square foot house, and he has been living in a one-bedroom apartment. After a year, he has FINALLY gotten to the point where he can begin putting aside money for savings; he made the mistake of mentioning it to one of his kids, who told his ex-wife, and now she is taking him back to court to get more money. So now his savings have to pay his attorney.

It's only anecdotal evidence, I know, but time and time and time again I have seen, known, witnessed, men whose wives divorced them for no real reason (no cheating, no abuse, no drug problems), except that these women want to "find themselves." The men have to pay SO MUCH in child support that they are left destitute -- too destitute to be able to do much with their kids on the every-other-weekend they can see them. They can't afford a place big enough for the kids to have their own rooms when they're there.

Enforcement of visitation and other issues is not an option -- again, anecdotal evidence, but I have witnessed the same ol' thing many times with different fathers. A vindictive mom throws roadblocks up for visitation: "Johnny can't be there this weekend because we made other plans," she says. In order to enforce his right to see his children, the father has to PAY an attorney to pursue it, and often as not the dad simply CANNOT afford it. Or, as in our case, stipulation was that my husband's ex was to pay for half of the transporation costs for visitation (she took the kids and moved out of state).

Fine and dandy on paper, but we never saw a dime from her in reimbursements for her half of the kids' plane tickets -- many times, in fact, the day before the kids were scheduled to fly out, husband would call them only to hear: "Gee, dad, we're not going to make it," and ex would tell him, "Sorry! I can't force them to do something they don't want to do!"

Sure, we could have had it "enforced," but to do so would have had to pay so much in fees to our attorney that we would have lost money on the deal. As it was, we paid $10,000 one year in fees to our attorney to fend off the woman's ploys to get yet more money from my husband. She lost, but we still had to pay the $10,000 to our lawyer PLUS another $1000 to hers, per judge's orders.

Onlookers may say, "Yeah, but that's only money." I say, it's more than money, it's the message being sent to the kids, which is: Mom is in charge, dad has no authority, and the only thing he's really good for or responsible for, is money.

Bottom line: it gives girls unrealistic and shallow expectations of men overall, and gives boys a very poor example of what fatherhood and manhood is all about.

A suggested solution: change child support laws to put a cap on the amount a custodial parent can get for support of the kids. It would take away a lot of incentive for getting divorced.

23 posted on 12/15/2004 2:44:45 PM PST by Finny (God continue to Bless President G.W. Bush with wisdom, popularity, safety and success.)
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To: Lorianne

This is nonsense. Bruce Willis is no one to be held up as a role model for fathers.


24 posted on 12/15/2004 3:18:53 PM PST by Freakazoid
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To: Liberty Tree Surgeon
Bruce is the one who left Demi after shacking up with Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler is pretty hot.

25 posted on 12/15/2004 3:24:15 PM PST by JohnnyZ ("Thought I was having trouble with my adding. It's all right now." - Clint Eastwood)
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To: Finny
I've heard about the atrocities committed against fathers by the so-called "family" courts.

I have a word I like to use to describe women who marry a man to have children, divorce him, and use the state to extort money from him:

"WHORES"

By definition, a prostitute is anyone who uses sex as a means for financial gain. And a turd by any other name still smells as foul.

26 posted on 12/15/2004 3:30:50 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Megatons Make It Fun!")
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To: timtoews5292004
my point exactly. anyone who'd leave bruce and then get together that vapid bag of humanity has some severe emotional troubles.

Female mid-life crisis.

27 posted on 12/16/2004 12:55:34 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: Lorianne

There are a lot of Great Dad's around, always have been, maybe we could hear about them for a change.


29 posted on 12/16/2004 6:10:35 AM PST by lillybet
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To: timtoews5292004
Willis was dating as soon as the split occurred and has gone on to date many vapid young women.
30 posted on 12/16/2004 6:17:47 AM PST by CaptainK
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To: inkling
He's been a good father to Ashton Kutcher. :-)

LOL

31 posted on 12/16/2004 6:19:35 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lorianne

DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS UNTIL MINUTES AGO.

GREAT SHOW. GOTTA GET COPIES FOR MY PSYCH CLASSES.

I hope Bruce gets tons of praise for this and ends up giving copies out to everyone who can't afford one.

Fantastic show.


32 posted on 12/19/2004 9:24:17 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: Republican Red

No.

I'd put it this way.

Watch TRUE DADS 100 times. Shut off all the other TV shows and spend time with your kids.


33 posted on 12/19/2004 9:26:42 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: TexanByBirth

The BEST thing a dad can do for their kids is

TO LOVE GOD WHOLLY--SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND ALL ELSE WILL BE ADDED.

2--2nd best thing would be to LOVE THEIR MOTHER AS NO OTHER WOMAN OR ADULT.

3--3rd BEST thing would be to love his kids more than life itself.


34 posted on 12/19/2004 9:28:11 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: longtermmemmory

GIVEN THE POVERTY OF GOOD POSITIVE QUALITY SUBSTANTIVE TV FOR DADS

I THINK WE NEED TO PUSH AND CHEER EVERY EXAMPLE WE CAN.


35 posted on 12/19/2004 9:30:09 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: Finny

Pretty much agree.


36 posted on 12/19/2004 9:33:47 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: Freakazoid

I wouldn't want to hold him up as a paragon example of a dad. Maybe that's one reason he has done this show.

But I sure give him credit for doing the show and doing it well.

I give him that. He earned that.


37 posted on 12/19/2004 9:34:53 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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To: FierceDraka

I agree.


38 posted on 12/19/2004 9:35:31 PM PST by Quix (5having a form of godliness but denying its power. I TIM 3:5)
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