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This is a true story.

A little background first: my boss's grandson is 3 1/2, and her son and daughter-in-law are artsy folks with Ideas about how to raise young Rowan. One of the Ideas is that while they won't enforce a total ban on pop culture, they'll draw a line in the sand and ONLY let him watch movies and TV shows that came out before 1960. So he, being 3 1/2, has been gorging himself on the Three Stooges and Little Rascals.

(Yeah, I know. I KNOW.)

So last week they had a holiday party and one of their neighbors, a sweet elderly woman, was approached by Rowan. Rowan with his golden curls and big sweet smile. Rowan said, "Ask me what the number after one is!" So she bent down, her face level with his, and asked "Rowan, what's the number after one?"

And Rowan gave the answer...which, as Stooges fans will remember, is "pTOO!" as he spit in her face.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tersa.livejournal.com
That may be the best thing I read today. *cackles* XD

Date: 2011-12-13 10:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beowabbit
Re this particular story: Hee!

Re that parenting decision: So essentially they are limiting him to movies and TV that show casual racism and sexism and nationalism and rigid gender roles. They may not be thrilled with how that turns out. :-/

Date: 2011-12-14 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluestocking.livejournal.com
This. THIS!

TV from the 60s? Dear god.

Date: 2011-12-14 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenguy.livejournal.com
Ohhhhh yeah. Apparently this is the *second*-worst thing he's done, and the worst thing was race-related. I'll try to get the details tomorrow.

Date: 2011-12-14 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wellstar.livejournal.com
Please do. That is one heck of a line to draw in the sand.

Me, I'm thinking of limiting M to movies and TV shows created in the future. What do you think? Will it work?

Date: 2011-12-14 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenguy.livejournal.com
I spent way too much time on the edge of sleep last night thinking about alternate future timelines and what cartoons would be like if there was a horrible financial meltdown that caused voters to sweep Gingrich into office.

In this dystopia (or Newture, if you will) I don't think it would be good to show M the movies and TV shows. But she'll be working 16 hour days in the mills, so it won't really be an issue.

Date: 2011-12-14 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heavenscalyx.livejournal.com
And in a Newt-ered future, there will be no weekends for poor people, and they'll lock the doors of the factories, and...

OH GOD I'M SO DEPRESSED NOW.

Date: 2011-12-15 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wellstar.livejournal.com
You're welcome?

Date: 2011-12-14 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olivetree.livejournal.com
OMG YES YES YES

Date: 2011-12-13 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheapottery.livejournal.com
I can not stop grinning. Bad parenting skills are Hi-larious.

Date: 2011-12-14 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clionona.livejournal.com
YES! I'm sorry, but your boss's son and daughter-in-law totally deserved that!

Date: 2011-12-14 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumtreeblossom.livejournal.com
O-TAY!

Let's see...Song of the South was pre-1960. Even Disney has divorced itself from it, but I'm sure they could score a bootleg copy somewhere.
Edited Date: 2011-12-14 12:53 pm (UTC)

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