A British television station, Watch, conducted a study recently and found that many parents think that good old fashion fairy tales are just too scary/disturbing for their children.
If this doesn’t prove the world has gone nuts, I don’t know what would.
Let me share just a few of the stories along with the reasons they don’t think they should be exposed to children.
1. Hansel and Gretel – Details two kids abandoned in the forest and likely to scare young children
2. Jack and the Beanstalk – Deemed too ‘unrealistic’.
3. Gingerbread Man – Would be uncomfortable explaining gingerbread man gets eaten by a fox
4. Little Red Riding Hood – Deemed unsuitable by parents who have to explain a young girl’s grandmother has been eaten by a wolf.
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – the term dwarves was found to be inappropriate
6. Cinderella – Story about a young girl doing all the housework was outdated.
7.Rapunzel – Parents were worried about the focus on a young girl being kidnapped.
8.Rumplestiltskin – Wouldn’t be happy reading about executions and kidnapping
9.Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Sends the wrong messages about stealing
10.Queen Bee – Inappropriate as the story has a character called Simpleton ENDS
I am not sure which one irritates me the most. Somewhere these folks have forgotten that these are made up stories that are read for entertainment, not the police report for a brutal crime. Could these stories be any worse than what they are watching on TV or something they see in a video game?
The future generations are going to be a bunch of wussies. They will live with their parents forever, never get a job and be terrified of doing anything because they have been over-protected by their parents. It is like everything has to be happy-happy all the time and that is not how life works. Protecting children to the point of never letting them be un-happy or seeing how sometimes things in life are sad, will do nothing but handicap them in the future.
After reading this article, I took a moment to reflect on my childhood. I was read all these stories and I am somewhat normal now. Of all the things that my parents did that might have been too scary was taking me to see “King Kong” at age 5. I think my father wanted to go see the movie and knew my mom wouldn’t go so that left me as his movie date.
Now, this movie came out in 1976 so the special effects weren’t like they are now, but it was pretty gruesome in parts. Kong battled with a giant snake and finally broke the snake in half.
Well, I soiled myself. Seriously. About 10 minutes go by and my father leaned down and asked, “Did you toot?”
I shook my head no. I wished I had tooted.
So he is glaring at the people around us, giving them dirty looks for letting one rip in a movie theater. I could not stop thinking, “He is going to kill me. He is going to be so mad and I will be grounded and sent to my room without dinner for the rest of my life.”
I slowly started stuffing the popcorn into my coat pockets. I wasn’t too fond of missing meals even at a young age.
The movie ended and I was scared to move. My dad looks at me and says, “Let’s go.” I motion for him to lean down so I could whisper to him, “I had an accident, Dad.”
His face turned a purple/red/pink color all at once. We waited for everyone to leave the theater and then he covered me up in his coat. We did not speak the whole way home.
He had to explain this to my mother who was not very happy about his film choice or the fact that I needed to be cleaned up. When we were in the bathroom alone she asked what had happened. I blurted out, “ There was this big snake and it was trying to kill King Kong and he picked it up and just broke it and it was so scary I had an accident.” Her eyeballs were popping out of her head.
As if things could not get any worse, I had nightmares for 2 weeks. My dad paid for that trip to the movies for a long time.
Things were different back then. It’s not that our parents didn’t care about us or were negligent…they just gave us space to grow and experience life. I know I appreciate being raised that way and really hope that these parents re-consider banning fairy tales from their children.