Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Poser

    A friend of mine (yes, I do have a few) posited this on Facebook this past weekend:

"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?
That pussy."

    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."
    Or you could throw a burka on and go as one of the devout.  Or a penguin.

    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?

After all....

WICKED cowboy

BAD cowboy

NAUGHTY cowboy
But, he's gay so it'd be totally cool to dress like him

EVIL cowboy

WICKED, BAD, NAUGHTY, EVIL Zoot
Okay, this one doesn't necessarily fit.

GOOD ninja.
Notice how you never see him and that burka chick in the same room at the same time?
Yeah.  I may be over-thinking.



GOOD pirate.
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.


BAD pirate.
Uh, oh, didn't think this one through.
Plus, he's black.
Oh, crap.

Better you should go as Xerxes.

"Betcher ass."
"OMIGOD, OMIGOD, OMIGOD!!
Did someone say 'ass?'"






49 comments:

  1. I really don't think it's political. I think it's due to the mass shootings involving children as victims of recent years.

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  2. Nothing will ever be totally correct in this country. It's way too full of morons and pussy whipped bitches now. Let's get back to being Americans who think and do for themselves. This is getting ridiculous. Wonder how Canada is doing? Hmmmmm

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    1. Do Canadians do trick or treat?
      Seriously, I really don't know.
      I think they do...

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    2. The ones I know do. Though, in fairness, they live very close to the US border, so maybe it's just roll-over treating and not entirely Canadian.

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    3. Hey, the Canadians gave us hockey. So its the least we could do.

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  3. Actually, you DO have a point. Even when my kids were little (they are 32 and 34 now) there was a movement that kids shouldn't play with play guns even before there were mass shootings. So WHY is it okay for them to dress up as killers for Halloween? Good question!

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  4. I think it is kinda ridiculous because kids don't think like adults, adults put so much emphasis on what they do. Oh no, the 6 year old has a toy gun that shoots rubber sucken cup things, he's going to be a killer. When all the kid wants to do is hit you in the butt with the sucken cup thing because they find it funny. 99.999% of them aren't thinking I want to use a real gun to shoot people in the butt. That is just adults thinking with an adult mind. Yeah there are signs some might be a psycho, but they are few and fair between and carrying a sucken cup gun doesn't signify it. There is my rant.

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    1. And a good rant it is. There was this pinhead principal in my local area who wanted to ban a Halloween parade because Halloween has religious overtones. Sure, a six year old dressed as Sponge Bob is thinking of Satan.

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  5. there needs to be a baseball team called the ninjas. Then the ultimate game will begin.

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    1. I don't know about baseball, but there's a football team in Washington which could use a new name.

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  6. Oh my gosh, Al, I think you should go as the naughty, gay cowboy this year. Please wear the poofy black wig too. Make sure to brandish your weapon all over the place too. Someone's sure to bail you out later... probably.

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  7. It is actually a pretty interesting point. My guess is that you're right and it's more the way that guns are perceived. Especially these days. I could walk around probably with a real sword and not get the same negative reaction I'd get if I walked around with a fake gun. On the plus side though swords could make a comeback.

    It's about time.

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    1. And, apparently, pirates are making a comeback. Stand by for increased demands for parrots to sit on shoulders.

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  8. Our son never wanted to dress up like a pirate or a cowboy on Halloween. He always chose...peculiar costumes. When he was six he dressed up like a glow worm and walked around the neighborhood begging for candy while looking like a giant condom.

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    1. You should see me when I'm off my meds.

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    2. Oh, you may be interested.....the friend who inspired this post is a guy I served with at Brunswick. He lives in Topsham now.

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  10. It's an interesting dilemma. This week I saw a child that had been shot in the LV school shooting and he said "I used to think of guns as a toy that couldn't hurt me. And now I know that they really do hurt."

    Well, DUH!!!

    On another note regarding Halloween costumes, why is it that you tell the teenage girls not to be promiscuous, yet all you can find for costumes is "slutty" versions of nurses, maids, and superheros?

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  11. I seriously am so glad that my kids are too old to trick or treat anymore.

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    1. Honestly? I buy them 3 bags of candy each (their choice... it avoids the whole allergy thing) and we stay in. I figure it saves me about $150 in costume costs, frustration, and of course, freezing my butt off in the rain.

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    2. What a great idea. I do something similar. Even though my kids are away, I still buy candy. Then, since we hardly get ANY trick-or-treaters here, I stay in and eat the whole bag of Fun-Size Snickers.
      That's a lot of fun.

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  12. This made me laugh so damn hard but at the end of the day there's an important message in here I guess buddy, society deems some things as acceptable and similar things as not and it's all a bit ridiculous nowadays. BBM means Blackberry Messenger by the way! ;)

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    1. Whew! And thank goodness for that. Imagine what kind of a mess a 'Big Bowel Movement' would make.

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  13. I think to many adults over think kids costumes and games. I see no problem being dressed as a cowboy/cowgirl or a pirate or a slasher with a big nasty fake sword

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    1. The problem is always when adults get involved.

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  14. I have a Mavis (google Hotel Transylvania) and a Zombie Hunter this year. The kids get to dress up for school, but I'm thinking the zombie hunting machete should probably be left at home! At work, we actually had the only guy on our team talked into dressing up as Richard Simmons and us women dressing up in 80's workout attire and "sweating to the oldies." He backed out though.

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    1. I would have so dressed as Richard Simmons.
      I do like girls, though.

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  15. I would of thought the best reason for kids not playing with toy guns is that, if they do, it is highly likely a cop will shoot them!

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    1. Now that is a sad, but probably true, statement.

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  16. You know Al, sometimes you surprise me with your brilliant mind and language skills. Don't get carried away now. It's such a sad world we live in now. We used to have the kids in the neighborhood come over and play "guns" back in the 60's. We shot each other up with rifles, pistols and none of those kids grew up violent. We watched shoot 'em ups on TV and turned out just fine. And we were in NJ..Where did it go wrong?

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    1. We played "guns" too, but didn't become psychos.
      As far as you know.

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  17. Politicians using the kids again. It's just more gun awareness so these sappy women will cry out in a pathetic squeaky voice, "Hurry, come and take our guns so our precious little darlings won't grow up to be violent and then there will be no more bad men to hurt us, ever again."
    No more guns in our family and we grew up with them. One son was a sharp-shooter and hasn't owned a gun for 30 years. We all do our shooting with cameras. But I'm not criticizing anyone who wants guns. They didn't turn our family into "bad" people. LOL

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    1. P.S. I just opened a Halloween card from my granddaughter. She works for the State..... don't know what her title is but she does drug awareness in the schools. She said she had to talk to kids in grades 3 4 5. She said it's really disturbing because all they talk about is video games and violence. Then she says "Eeek, a different world we live in." Do we ever hear video games are bad for kids?????????

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    2. I don't know whether I'm being a cranky old "back in my day" guy, but today's society distresses me.

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  18. I find dressing up as celebrities the most disturbing. When people "get to thinking", idiocy ensues. I miss common sense.

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  19. Expect many little "Mileys" in a couple days. And that's sad.

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  20. I was watching a TV show that featured costumes for kids, The first boy walked out dressed as Walter White from Breaking Bad. Having your son go trick or treating as a killer meth dealer sends an even worse message than any of these. Of course the Richard Simmons costume could bring on a wicked chill on a cold night. Love them cowboys!

    Julie

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    1. Wow. I agree. How many of them will we see? Along with little Mileys?

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  21. I don't know about inconstencies. Some schools (appropriately) have an all-out ban on any type of weapon. My sweet, innocent nephew is going to be Indiana Jones but can't bring the whip to school. I could be mistaken, but I don't think it's a real whip.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Well, even though I don't agree with not letting kids be kids with silly little things, at least your nephew's school is consistent. Read Julie's comment above and see her idea of a pretty disturbing costume that doesn't feature a weapon. Yeesh, I'm just gonna stay inside and eat chocolate.

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  22. PS I meant incontinence. I mean, inconsistencies.

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  23. Since when has firing a water pistol been simulated violence? It might be simulated taking-a-leak, though, which is arguably a valid reason for banning it.

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    1. Especially when it is actually filled with urine.

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  24. Pat Hatt hit it right on the head!
    This hysteria is brought to us by the same parents who believe there should be no winners or losers in youth sports. Some pee wee leagues don't even keep score anymore. Geez! Parents worry way too much about their kids getting their feelings hurt these days.

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