Censorship is getting ridiculous.
Is it just me, or does it seem like parents are just getting more and more sensitive as time goes on? Anything that vaguely relates to violence or sexuality is suddenly, “INAPPROPRIATE FOR MY CHILD”. It doesn’t matter that sometimes these themes can be used to drive a message, all they know is that a child got a cut and that is NOT okay.
What happens if an important part of the story lays within this “inappropriate material”? Think about your favorite Disney movie. Chances are, the villain is killed off in some bloodless fashion or is sent off to never to be seen again. Most of the time, it’s the main character hero person that comes to do the job, and there’s always a good reason. In The Lion King, Scar is killed because he was pretty much being a jerk to everything that moved and…you know…killed Mufasa…
So, let’s just say that overly sensitive parent number one is offended by this material. And, for some crazy reason that exists only in this made up scenario, the movie theaters are forced to cut that scene out and everything related to that scene. So now all you have is Simba trying to kill his uncle despite the fact that he has done nothing to do with the mysterious disappearance of his father.
Wow, what a wonderful message!
As humans, we tend to fill in blanks with whatever the heck it is we want to be in there, and that leads to misunderstandings.
Here’s an example:
You know what? I’m glad that they didn’t invite me to that (bleep)ing party. Know why? Because everything that comes out of their mouths is complete and utter (beep). They can all just (beep) themselves.
Here’s the uncensored version:
You know what? I’m glad that they didn’t invite me to that exciting party. Know why? Because everything that comes out of their mouths is complete and utter intelligence. They can all just enjoy themselves.
And what’s all this about material influencing children? I mean sure, some horrible things have happened because of violent videogames, but how come everyone that’s playing them isn’t going off on a killing spree?
It doesn’t depend on age, it depends on maturity. If you’re a parent and your innocent five year old asks you to buy him a copy of Let’s Cause Unnecessary Violence: The Sequel, and you do and he smashes all your glass vases, guess what? Not the industries problem. YOUR problem.
But if that five year old has miraculously learned to accept the consequences of violence and knows that these kinds of things should not occur in real life due to the emotional and physical damage it causes people, then by all means, go right ahead.
So you know what? If you want to have a secret library in your locker, you go ahead. You want to write a story with some “inappropriate” material? Have a ball. After all, I’ve been exposed to these things and I haven’t turned into a raving psychopath.