As Will Smith said in his 1988 hit song, Parents Just Don't Understand. Twitter user Nick Douglas (@toomuchnick) asked Twitter users what piece pop culture did their parents ban. Twitter responded and the answers are both funny and a bit confusing.
What's the funniest time your parents banned a piece of pop culture from you? My parents ripped a Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic out of my Disney Adventures magazine— Nick Douglas (@toomuchnick) January 10, 2018
First up on the chopping block was music.
My mom took my Vanilla Ice cassette and re-recorded the songs w/o swearing / sex onto a blank tape. Didn’t get the original back for 8 years— Michael J Anderson (@CItizenKang42) January 10, 2018
My mom thought there were satanic messages in the “Free Fallin’” video. Which given the lax nature of my upbringing was especially hilarious at the time.— The Obvious Child 🧜♀️ (@linnieloowho) January 10, 2018
Movies or specific scenes from movies were big on the list.
My mom wouldn’t let me watch the birth scene in the Spice Girls movie! We fast forwarded through it.— Kevin Harvey: international assassin (@GraceSpelman) January 10, 2018
I wasn’t allowed to watch 101 Dalmatians because my parents thought Cruella Deville was a witch.— krstfr 👹 (@krstfr) January 10, 2018
It seems some parents didn't even understand what they were banning.
Minority Report was the only PG-13 movie I was barred from seeing. My mother had a confused memory of it, Taken, and some surveillance-conspiracy thriller, resulting in a mishmash imagined movie where the government used children to spy on Americans and it could happen to YOU.— Bryan BOO!-ne 🤡👻👽🤖 (@brnbne) January 10, 2018
Even cartoons and animation weren't safe.
also was not allowed to watch the Simpsons, I think because my mom saw a tshirt of Bart being rude— Emily Gould (@EmilyGould) January 10, 2018
I was banned from watching Angry Beavers and Ren and Stimpy because they “taught me how to be mean to my siblings”— i love it when you call me big pompa (@tine_age_dream) January 10, 2018
A few parents weighed in and explained why they had to ban certain things in their home.
Hahaha I'm a mom to a 4 year old and I had to ban Pokemon in my house (even though I love it) because he starts attacking/battling people every time he watches it.— Kaci Marie (@kacilouwho11) January 10, 2018
When my son was little I had to ban Hulk because he ran around the house smashing everything and yelling "Hulk Smash!" He is now 16 years old and doesn't do that anymore 🤣— jadecobain (@jadecobain) January 10, 2018
I remember my son would go wild after watching Power Rangers and WWE doing fighting/wrestling moves. He's now 22, we now watch WWE together and he doesn't feel the need to beat the crap out of his younger brother any more 😂— Annie C (@gingerannie34) January 11, 2018
So maybe we cut parents some slack. They are just trying to raise decent human being who don't go around body slamming strangers and trying to poke their eyes out.