“We Need to Protect Today’s Youth!”
Oh, please! As a child, we both saw Tarzan nearly naked. Cinderella arrived home after midnight. Pinocchio told lies. Aladdin was a thief. Toothpaste gave us “sex appeal.” The Coyote charged millions of dollars’ worth of goods at Acme. Batman was speeding wherever he drove (and was never seen without his buddy, who also wore his underwear on the outside, close by). Elmer Fudd carried a gun. The unmarried Snow White lived in a house with seven men. Popeye smoked a pipe, had tattoos, and got in constant fist fights. Pac Man ran around eating pills to enhance his performance. Shaggy and Scooby were hippies that always had the munchies.
And despite being force-fed these images repeatedly every Saturday morning, you and I both turned out fine! At least, I did: I’m now less sure about you.
So let kids have their fun. Teach them values and let them make their own mistakes: they’ll be better people for it, just like we are.

Seriously: kids are generally smarter than their parents, and you survived! Back off.


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