"I am confused over the inconsistent message...It is ok for a kid to have a costume with a sword, like a pirate or ninja and wave it around like they are going to chop you up....but, if the same kid had a water pistol or dressed like a cowboy with a toy rifle....he/she would be condemned. Isn't simulated violence the same regardless of the weapon?"
|"Who's scarier? |
Me? Or Woody the Cowboy?
I pondered his query, wondering why this is apparently so. Ditto for kids dressed as Freddy Krueger, Jason from Friday the 13th, or Xerxes (although that kid would probably undergo a psychiatric evaluation for something completely different). Each of these characters have an implied violent streak. And, in the case of Xerxes, a propensity to wear makeup and molest guys in loincloths.
|"Hey, I could be one of those 72 virgins you hear about. |
Or a dude.
Or a virgin dude.
In any case, you won't know for sure
until you take me home.
You big jihadi brute, you."
Maybe it's because guns are seen as capable of much more wide-ranging destruction, especially in this age of the mass shootings? Guns and gun violence hold a stranglehold on our national psyche (see, I can use big words) and, thus, catalyze a more visceral (oh yeah, I'm on fire with the thesaurus now) reaction than a cartoonish pirate?
And don't confuse me with the fact that box cutters and three airliners killed thousands of people in 2001.
Or...maybe...it's more politically motivated?
|NAUGHTY cowboy |
But, he's gay so it'd be totally cool to dress like him
|WICKED, BAD, NAUGHTY, EVIL Zoot |
Okay, this one doesn't necessarily fit.
Notice how you never see him and that burka chick in the same room at the same time?
Yeah. I may be over-thinking.
And just so damn adorable
NOTE: he also wears makeup
|GOOD pirates. |
Plus, their team made the playoffs and the Yankees didn't.
So, piss off.
Uh, oh, didn't think this one through.
Plus, he's black.