Breaking Bad, from what I hear, is a pretty good show. I have never seen it. I don’t watch TV. Based on a quick Google search, it appears the premise of the show is about a man who has inoperable cancer, and turns to a life of crime to amass wealth to sustain his family after he’s gone. Primarily, the man makes and sells meth.
There are many, many things out there I deem inappropriate for my children. This show sounds like one of them. But like any successful, well, anything, there is merchandise to go along with Breaking Bad because you know you have to squeeze every possible dime out of something so popular. (Spaceballs the Flamethrower!)
carries carried a line of Breaking Bad toys. The toys came with drug paraphernalia, of course, because that’s the entire premise of the show. One mother in Denver, Colorado made a call (correctly, in my opinion) that these toys weren’t appropriate for her children. But she didn’t stop short of not buying those toys for her children, you see. She went one step further and created a petition to have Toys-R-Us remove the line of toys from their stores.
This sort of thing happens all the time and it’s getting out of hand. I agree that these toys aren’t right for children. You know who else does? Toys-R-Us. The toys were located in the adult action figure area. (Yes, grown ups have toys, too. I have a buttload of Star Wars toys displayed on a wall in my living room. I know you’re all shocked by that revelation.) The packaging on these toys also warn that the toys are meant for ages 15 and older. It’s not like these toys are being marketed to children.
I get it, Overzealous Mom, you don’t want your children to have toy drugs. I’m with you. But do you really need to start making a fuss about these toys and deprive others of their ability to buy these toys? Why can’t you just be content with, you know, not buying those toys and avoiding the adult action figure section at Toys-R-Us? Who are you to decide what’s best for others? Who are you to demand that no one else be able to buy these toys? Who died and made you queen?
Look, we all have our likes and dislikes. We all have our opinions on what’s appropriate (or not) for our children. What we don’t have is the right to decide what’s right for other people and/or their children. Yet everyday I see people petitioning to have products removed from stores. Or programs taken off the air. Or advertisers pull their ads from a show or magazine. As far as I’m concerned, this is a form of censorship. This is “I don’t like it so no one should be allowed to have it.” It’s childish.
Here’s an idea: How about you raise your children the way you see fit and I’ll raise mine the way I see fit. So long as there’s no abuse or neglect going on, we’ll mind our own business about the way we’re raising our children. If you think a toy is inappropriate for your child, don’t buy it! If you think a TV show is inappropriate for your child, don’t let them watch it! If you think a song is inappropriate for you child, don’t let them listen to it! It’s that easy! Furthermore, it’s your job as a parent!
Sound like a plan? Good.