History Main / ThinkOfTheChildren

13th Jan '17 8:33:07 AM Luigifan
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MoralGuardians using an argument to create a [[YouCanPanicNow moral panic]] -- doing something will somehow, indirectly, hurt children. Somehow. [[PaedoHunt Especially]] ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape them]]''. You don't have to make a rational argument as long as you appeal to {{mama bear}}s, [[KnightTemplarParent crusading parents]], and [[OverprotectiveDad paranoid fathers]] emotionally. This is a great way to rouse up an AngryMob, and the best/worst part is you don't even need any proof of your target's guilt or innocence; just use LogicalFallacies to make your target out to be a monster then use "''the children''" as a ChewbaccaDefense. In comedies, this type of character usually actually doesn't even care about the children at all and in the worst case scenario is even the one harming children while deflecting blame off onto others as a scapegoat.

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MoralGuardians using an argument to create a [[YouCanPanicNow moral panic]] -- doing something will somehow, indirectly, hurt children. Somehow. [[PaedoHunt Especially]] ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape them]]''. You don't have to make a rational argument as long as you appeal to {{mama bear}}s, [[KnightTemplarParent crusading parents]], and [[OverprotectiveDad paranoid fathers]] emotionally. This is a great way to rouse up an AngryMob, and the best/worst part is you don't even need any proof of your target's guilt or innocence; just use LogicalFallacies to make your target out to be a monster then use "''the children''" as a ChewbaccaDefense. In comedies, this type of character usually actually doesn't even care about the children at all and in the worst case scenario [[StrawHypocrite is even the one harming children children]] [[BlameGame while deflecting blame off onto others as a scapegoat.scapegoat]].



Subtrope of AppealToPity. AllGaysArePedophiles is when this trope is used to condemn homosexuality.

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Subtrope of AppealToFear and AppealToPity. AllGaysArePedophiles is when this trope is used to condemn homosexuality.
30th Dec '16 10:54:38 AM ChesterPolarbear
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* When the trailer for Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight was first screened, many parents believed a film about a serial killer dressed as Santa would scar children and protested in hopes it would be pulled from theaters.

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* When the trailer for Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'' was first screened, many parents believed a film about a serial killer dressed as Santa would scar children and protested in hopes it would be pulled from theaters.
23rd Dec '16 7:58:52 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The reason why Wrestling/ShaneDouglas hates Wrestling/RicFlair so much: his total disrespect for women and drunken antics in front of children.



* On the 8/30/2007 Wrestling/{{TNA}} iMPACT, Karen Angle, trying to find a TagTeam partner for [[Wrestling/KurtAngle her husband]], tried to get Wrestling/{{Sting}} to go for it by saying they had the same value and talking about everything they could do for children with the influence that comes from being champions. Sting did become Angle's partner, but ''not'' because of Karen's sales pitch.



* The reason why Wrestling/ShaneDouglas hates Wrestling/RicFlair so much: his total disrespect for women and drunken antics in front of children.
13th Nov '16 6:49:38 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheTimesOfHarveyMilk'': This documentary recounts among other things the fight against the Briggs Initiative, a 1978 effort in California to ban homosexuals from jobs as public schoolteachers. As one of Harvey's friends points out in an interview, it was cleverly designed to play on nebulous fears of child molesters attacking schoolchildren, in order to deprive gays of their civil rights.
22nd Oct '16 4:24:39 PM Terwanuli
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* In Matt Fishel's [[https://youtu.be/ogsbUiSY2TU Radio Friendly Pop Song]] the singer literally uses the lines "Are you thinking about the children/ Think about the children" kind of sarcastically imitating homophobic predjudices that children shouldn't be confronted with homosexuality. (This is at least part of the reason for the sarcastic song title since the song brings up homophobia as an issue for gay artists as musicians are told that they can only be sucessful if their songs are [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday very heterosexual]].) However, the line is resolved shortly afterwards with the [[LetsGetDangerous?from=Main.SeriousMode reply]] "Are you never gonna get it?/ [[KidHasAPoint The kids already know!]]"

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* In Matt Fishel's [[https://youtu.be/ogsbUiSY2TU Radio Friendly Pop Song]] the singer literally uses the lines "Are you thinking about the children/ Think about the children" kind of sarcastically imitating homophobic predjudices that children shouldn't be confronted with homosexuality. (This is at least part of the reason for the sarcastic song title since the song brings up homophobia as an issue for gay artists as musicians are told that they can only be sucessful if their songs are [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday very heterosexual]].) However, the line is resolved shortly afterwards with the [[LetsGetDangerous?from=Main.SeriousMode [[SeriousMode reply]] "Are you never gonna get it?/ [[KidHasAPoint The kids already know!]]"
22nd Oct '16 4:22:37 PM Terwanuli
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* In Matt Fishel's [[https://youtu.be/ogsbUiSY2TU Radio Friendly Pop Song]] the singer literally uses the lines "Are you thinking about the children/ Think about the children" kind of sarcastically imitating homophobic predjudices that children shouldn't be confronted with homosexuality. (This is at least part of the reason for the sarcastic song title since the song brings up homophobia as an issue for gay artists as musicians are told that they can only be sucessful if their songs are [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday very heterosexual.) However, the line is resolved shortly afterwards with the [[LetsGetDangerous?from=Main.SeriousMode reply]] "Are you never gonna get it?/ [[KidHasAPoint The kids already know!]]"

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* In Matt Fishel's [[https://youtu.be/ogsbUiSY2TU Radio Friendly Pop Song]] the singer literally uses the lines "Are you thinking about the children/ Think about the children" kind of sarcastically imitating homophobic predjudices that children shouldn't be confronted with homosexuality. (This is at least part of the reason for the sarcastic song title since the song brings up homophobia as an issue for gay artists as musicians are told that they can only be sucessful if their songs are [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday very heterosexual.heterosexual]].) However, the line is resolved shortly afterwards with the [[LetsGetDangerous?from=Main.SeriousMode reply]] "Are you never gonna get it?/ [[KidHasAPoint The kids already know!]]"
22nd Oct '16 4:21:05 PM Terwanuli
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* In Matt Fishel's [[https://youtu.be/ogsbUiSY2TU Radio Friendly Pop Song]] the singer literally uses the lines "Are you thinking about the children/ Think about the children" kind of sarcastically imitating homophobic predjudices that children shouldn't be confronted with homosexuality. (This is at least part of the reason for the sarcastic song title since the song brings up homophobia as an issue for gay artists as musicians are told that they can only be sucessful if their songs are [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday very heterosexual.) However, the line is resolved shortly afterwards with the [[LetsGetDangerous?from=Main.SeriousMode reply]] "Are you never gonna get it?/ [[KidHasAPoint The kids already know!]]"
1st Oct '16 9:41:56 PM Kirayoshi
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* A mild example in the original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''; when Doris Walker fires the Macy's Parade Santa Claus for being drunk on the job, she asks Kris Kringle if he can fill in. Initially he refuses but after a few seconds thought decides to accept the job, saying, "The children mustn't be disappointed."
18th Sep '16 1:13:56 AM rafi
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* Much like Gaston, Castaway from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' asks potential Quarrymen if they worry what gargoyles will do to their children.
* Parodied by Rainbow Dash in the episode "Bats!" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. "Won't somepony please think of the cider?!"



* Helen Lovejoy is a parody of this character on ''TheSimpsons''. Frequently, when something stirs up public outcry, in Springfield, she screams "Won't somebody ''please'' think of the children?" in a panic. Ironically, [[PreachersKid her own child is a kleptomaniac hellion who has to be sent to boarding school for her crimes]] - but, of course, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal.

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* Helen Lovejoy is a parody of this character on ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Frequently, when something stirs up public outcry, in Springfield, she screams "Won't somebody ''please'' think of the children?" in a panic. Ironically, [[PreachersKid her own child is a kleptomaniac hellion who has to be sent to boarding school for her crimes]] - but, of course, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal.



* Much like Gaston, Castaway from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' asks potential Quarrymen if they worry what gargoyles will do to their children.
* Parodied by Rainbow Dash in the episode "Bats!" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. "Won't somepony please think of the cider?!"
18th Sep '16 1:13:03 AM rafi
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* Helen Lovejoy is a parody of this character on ''TheSimpsons''. Frequently, when something stirs up public outcry, in Springfield, she screams "Won't somebody ''please'' think of the children?" in a panic. Ironically, [[PreachersKid her own child is a kleptomaniac hellion who has to be sent to boarding school for her crimes]] - but, of course, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal. The show also did this a lot on the seventh season episode "Much Apu About Nothing" (where Springfield holds a referendum to get illegal immigrants deported) and the season eight episode "Homer vs. The 18th Amendment" (where alcohol gets banned in Springfield after Bart gets drunk at the St. Patrick's Day parade), but not much in the later episodes, probably because the voice actress for Helen Lovejoy (who was also the voice actress for Ned Flanders' wife, Maude) left the show and the writers pretty much [[PutOnABus put her on a bus]] -- or kept her in the background and only bring her out in crowd scenes. Though the writers may have tired of the joke anyway; they could potentially have used recordings from a previous episode; the authors started subverting the natural pattern, an indication of an attempt to keep the joke fresh. For instance, in the episode where Homer and Marge rekindle their sex life by getting busy in public places, get cornered in the miniature golf course and flee before being seen, leaving their clothes for the crowd to find. As the crowd gasps at the idea of two people running around naked, Moe says the line while Helen is in the frame just to fool with the audience.

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* Helen Lovejoy is a parody of this character on ''TheSimpsons''. Frequently, when something stirs up public outcry, in Springfield, she screams "Won't somebody ''please'' think of the children?" in a panic. Ironically, [[PreachersKid her own child is a kleptomaniac hellion who has to be sent to boarding school for her crimes]] - but, of course, MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal. The show also did
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this a lot on the seventh season episode "Much Apu About Nothing" (where Springfield holds a referendum to get illegal immigrants deported) and the season eight episode "Homer vs. The 18th Amendment" (where alcohol gets banned in Springfield after Bart gets drunk at the St. Patrick's Day parade), but not much happen rarely in the later episodes, probably because the voice actress for Helen Lovejoy (who was also the voice actress for Ned Flanders' wife, Maude) left the show and the writers pretty much [[PutOnABus put her on a bus]] -- or kept her in the background and only bring her out in crowd scenes. Though the writers may have tired of the joke anyway; they could potentially have used recordings from a previous episode; the authors started subverting the natural pattern, an indication of an attempt to keep the joke fresh. For instance, in the episode where Homer and Marge rekindle their sex life by getting busy in public places, get cornered in the miniature golf course and flee before being seen, leaving their clothes for the crowd to find. As the crowd gasps at the idea of two people running around naked, Moe says the line while Helen is in the frame just to fool with the audience.



* Much like Gaston, Castaway from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' asks potential Quarrymen if they worry what gargoyles will do to their children.
* Parodied by Rainbow Dash in the episode "Bats!" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. "Won't somepony please think of the cider?!"



* Much like Gaston, Castaway from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' asks potential Quarrymen if they worry what gargoyles will do to their children.



* Parodied by Rainbow Dash in the episode "Bats!" of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. "Won't somepony please think of the cider?!"
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