he importance of having parent figures in your life cannot be overstated. They’re there to show you right from wrong, teach you all the right words for things, and compliment your art (even when it isn’t that good).
They’re also there to guard you against harmful influences. But sometimes, they take things a bit too far…
Nick Douglas is a Twitter user who took to the social platform to ask people about the funniest pop culture item their parents had ever banned from their lives.
Speaking as someone who was not allowed to watch Pokémon because it featured evolution (yes, that is a 100-percent true fact about my life), I knew that this was the thread to watch. These are my people.
Apparently, Nick was inspired by this article about Katja Blichfeld, who was not allowed to watch The Smurfs.
Same, Katja. Same.
(Although I wasn’t allowed to watch The Smurfs because of all the times they used the “Smurf it!” euphemism.)
The answers two Nick’s questions quickly started flowing in. Like this poor soul, who wasn’t allowed to enjoy Will Smith’s album:
I love the detail of the CD being broken in two, but still left in his room.
This person’s parents knew exactly what they were doing.
This follow-up makes things even sweeter:
There’s something so retrospectively delightful about the lack of consistency of parenthood rules.
For instance, I wasn’t allowed to watch Pocahontas because there was a magical talking tree, but the magical genie from Aladdin was A-OK. I have no idea why. I never brought up the hypocrisy because it would have absolutely resulted in getting Aladdin taken away.
Some parents had huge aversions to witchery:
That is definitely rough. At this rate, you’d think their parents would also have outlawed sandwiches. (Eh? Eh?)
But at least there were actual witches in this person’s examples. The next responder wasn’t quite so lucky…