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* The waltz was considered scandalous when it was first invented, because it was made for two people (usually a man and a woman) to dance together. [[CaptainObvious They don't actually dance too closely or anything]], but back in the 17th or 18th century, it was considered the equivalent of [[MatingDance grinding.]]

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* The waltz was considered scandalous when it was first invented, because it was made for two people (usually a man and a woman) to dance together. [[CaptainObvious They don't actually dance too closely or anything]], anything, but back in the 17th or 18th century, it was considered the equivalent of [[MatingDance grinding.]]


* Believe it or not, ''silk'' was this to Ancient Rome: the Roman Senate repeatedly tried to ban the importation of Chinese silk as clothes made of silk were almost see-through and thus considered decadent and immoral. Of course, the ban never succeeded.

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* Believe it or not, ''silk'' was this to Ancient Rome: the Roman Senate repeatedly tried to ban the importation of Chinese silk as clothes made of silk were almost see-through and thus considered decadent and immoral. (It also didn't help that Romans were paying a lot of money to an outside power for the silk that senators thought would be better kept within the Empire). Of course, the ban never succeeded.


* The fork. No, really. It's decadent! It's a symbol of Satan! If God wanted us to use forks, would we have these wonderful fingers? ''Hmm?!'' In fact, the reason chopsticks are commonly used in several Asian countries, is because oh-so-long-ago, Creator/{{Confucius}} promoted them as a peaceful alternative to knives and forks, which he equated with violence.
** And [[Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher "The Madman from the Sudan" Abdullah the Bucher]], one of the {{Ur Example}}s of {{Garbage Wrestler}}s and whose offense centered around stabbing his opponents with a fork, wouldn't come along for some 2500 ''years'' at that point.

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* The fork. No, really. It's decadent! It's a symbol of Satan! If God wanted us to use forks, would we have these wonderful fingers? ''Hmm?!'' In fact, the reason ''Hmm?!''
** It's commonly said that China and its historical sphere of influence use
chopsticks are commonly used in several Asian countries, is because oh-so-long-ago, Creator/{{Confucius}} promoted them as a peaceful alternative to thought forks and knives and forks, which he equated with violence.
** And [[Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher "The Madman from
were too violent for use at a civilized table. However, while knives seem to have been used as eating utensils for as long as we have records, the Sudan" Abdullah first people to use forks as dining utensils seem to have been the Bucher]], one aristocrats of the {{Ur Example}}s of {{Garbage Wrestler}}s and whose offense centered around stabbing his opponents with a fork, wouldn't come along for Byzantine Empire, some 2500 ''years'' eight hundred years after Confucius. That said, chopstick-using countries definitely regarded using both forks and knives for eating as barbaric, at that point.least at times, and still regard it as wrongheaded for eating their native cuisines.


* Anime in Chile met a lot of controversies during its peak in popularity, especially with the most popular series. ''Anime/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' were accused of promoting violence, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was said to be too sexualized for minors, and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was blamed for creating obsessive fanaticism (not to mention that some MoralGuardians [[ConfirmationBias "found"]] evidence of it having [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell diabolical]] [[SubliminalSeduction messages]]). To fix this, a new rating system was designed, with children's series given one of three possible ratings: "I" for everyone, "I 7" for kids seven and older, "I 12" for kids over 12, and "A" for adults only (anime films like ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' got this). However, that didn't work very well, since all those shows were broadcast at the same time (after school) and parents didn't bother to check the rating of the anime their children were watching, so it fell out of use quickly. Most anime that hit public TV nowadays tend to be very child-friendly series, as otakus looking for more serious shows download them from the internet or buy them at specialized stores.

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* Anime in Chile met a lot of controversies during its peak in popularity, especially with the most popular series. ''Anime/DragonBall'' ''Franchise/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' were accused of promoting violence, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was said to be too sexualized for minors, and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was blamed for creating obsessive fanaticism (not to mention that some MoralGuardians [[ConfirmationBias "found"]] evidence of it having [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell diabolical]] [[SubliminalSeduction messages]]). To fix this, a new rating system was designed, with children's series given one of three possible ratings: "I" for everyone, "I 7" for kids seven and older, "I 12" for kids over 12, and "A" for adults only (anime films like ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' got this). However, that didn't work very well, since all those shows were broadcast at the same time (after school) and parents didn't bother to check the rating of the anime their children were watching, so it fell out of use quickly. Most anime that hit public TV nowadays tend to be very child-friendly series, as otakus looking for more serious shows download them from the internet or buy them at specialized stores.

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* Pegasaurus Games in ''Webcomic/DorkTower'', at one point, had so many groups coming in to protest role-playing games that the owner started ''scheduling'' them.
** This was during an arc in which ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' (the TCG) was being protested. Matt and Igor went to check out the bonfire the protesters were using to burn cards as a demonstration, during which Igor sorted through cards and prevented the protestors from burning rares and Matt got annoyed when someone claimed that protesting role-playing games was "passé".
--> ''"We're still evil too, you know! WE'RE STILL EVIL TOO, YOU KNOW!"''


-->'''Jeff:''' "Devil's Den" and "Dance with the Dragon" by [[Music/JeffersonStarship]]...

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-->'''Jeff:''' "Devil's Den" and "Dance with the Dragon" by [[Music/JeffersonStarship]]...Music/JeffersonStarship...


-->'''Jeff:''' "Devil's Den" and "Dance with the Dragon" by [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]]...

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-->'''Jeff:''' "Devil's Den" and "Dance with the Dragon" by [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]]...[[Music/JeffersonStarship]]...


** A central tenet of the beat movement was chemical experimentation, and they introduced or popularized essentially every modern "hard" drug except for LSD for recreational rather than practical use. Unprotected sex with many partners was also a big part of the movement, though they didn't give it the catchy "free love" moniker the hippies came up with. In retrospect, the guardians might have had a point for once on that one... though of course, the Beatniksploitation movies didn't really show any of that.

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** A central tenet of the beat movement was chemical experimentation, and they introduced or popularized essentially every modern "hard" drug except for LSD LSD[[note]]which was legal in TheFifties, but rare and used mainly in clinical settings[[/note]] for recreational rather than practical use. Unprotected sex with many partners was also a big part of the movement, though they didn't give it the catchy "free love" moniker the hippies came up with. In retrospect, the guardians might have had a point for once on that one... though of course, the Beatniksploitation movies didn't really show any of that.


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** The conservative Christian attacks on Mormonism are ironic, since Mormon culture is very conservative and prone to the same moral panics involving young people that Christians specialize in. The infamous "standards" sections of Brigham Young University's Honor Code (forbidding alcohol, drugs, non-marital sex, immodest clothing, and men wearing long hair or facial hair) were formalized in TheSixties in response to the hippie movement. In 1975, there was a major controversy on campus over plans for a concert at the university's arena. The performer: Music/NeilDiamond. The reason: his hair didn't fit BYU's grooming standards (the concert happened as scheduled).


** The 1989 documentary ''[[https://pitchfork.com/features/article/6216-for-whom-hells-bells-toll/ Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock and Roll]]'' stretches out the main thesis of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' to almost ''three'' hours. Director/producer/host Eric Holmberg accuses practically every single rock artist in existence of one infraction or another, from using occult imagery to hiding backwards messages in songs to singing songs about IntercourseWithYou to simply dying young. But, as with ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', ''Hell's Bells'' has really good taste in the very music it's condemning, including picking obscure indie artists who probably got more exposure from the film than they ever did from radio or MTV.

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** The 1989 Christian documentary ''[[https://pitchfork.com/features/article/6216-for-whom-hells-bells-toll/ Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock and Roll]]'' stretches out the main thesis of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' to almost ''three'' hours. Director/producer/host Eric Holmberg accuses practically every single rock artist in existence of one infraction or another, from using occult imagery to hiding SubliminalSeduction (Satan plants backwards messages in songs into songs) to singing songs about IntercourseWithYou to simply dying young.young (implying that untimely rock deaths were probably the result of Satan coming to collect on a DealWithTheDevil). But, as with ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', ''Hell's Bells'' has really good taste in the very music it's condemning, including picking obscure indie artists who probably got more exposure from the film than they ever did from radio or MTV. Many commenters on Website/{{YouTube}} testify that, rather than scare them away from rock, Holmberg [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing introduced them to lots of great music]].


** The 1989 documentary ''[[https://pitchfork.com/features/article/6216-for-whom-hells-bells-toll/ Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock and Roll]]'' stretches out the main thesis of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' to almost ''three'' hours. Director/producer/host Eric Holmberg accuses practically every single rock artist in existence of one infraction or another, from using occult imagery to hiding backwards messages in songs to singing songs about IntercourseWithYou to simply dying young. But, as with, ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', ''Hell's Bells'' has really good taste in the very music it's condemning, including picking obscure indie artists who probably got more exposure from the film than they ever did from radio or MTV.

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** The 1989 documentary ''[[https://pitchfork.com/features/article/6216-for-whom-hells-bells-toll/ Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock and Roll]]'' stretches out the main thesis of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' to almost ''three'' hours. Director/producer/host Eric Holmberg accuses practically every single rock artist in existence of one infraction or another, from using occult imagery to hiding backwards messages in songs to singing songs about IntercourseWithYou to simply dying young. But, as with, with ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', ''Hell's Bells'' has really good taste in the very music it's condemning, including picking obscure indie artists who probably got more exposure from the film than they ever did from radio or MTV.

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** The 1989 documentary ''[[https://pitchfork.com/features/article/6216-for-whom-hells-bells-toll/ Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock and Roll]]'' stretches out the main thesis of ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' to almost ''three'' hours. Director/producer/host Eric Holmberg accuses practically every single rock artist in existence of one infraction or another, from using occult imagery to hiding backwards messages in songs to singing songs about IntercourseWithYou to simply dying young. But, as with, ''Rock: It's Your Decision'', ''Hell's Bells'' has really good taste in the very music it's condemning, including picking obscure indie artists who probably got more exposure from the film than they ever did from radio or MTV.

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* The page image is from "Angels?", a [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Chick Tract]] where a ChristianRock group hooks up with an agent named [[LouisCypher Lew Siffer]], who explains to them how he developed rock as a way to foment decadence among young people. Jack Chick previously explored the topic in an issue of his full-color comic ''The Crusaders'', with some extremely bizarre claims: rock is based on ancient {{Druid}} beats and melodies used to summon demons (with Music/TheBeatles as the ones who exported them into the mainstream), and before they're released, all rock albums get blessed by naked witches at a ceremony, where they summon one of Satan's chief demons. He places a curse on the music that leads all listeners to get possessed by evil spirits. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No]], ''[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer really]]''!


Usually, within a few years, the fever has died down, and there's only vague echoes of "oh, yeah, that's Satanic" left in the communal memory. Some subcommunities forget faster than others, of course...

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Usually, within a few years, the fever has died down, and there's only vague echoes of "oh, yeah, that's Satanic" left in the communal memory. Some subcommunities forget faster than others, of course...
course... And there's always the possibility that [[OverprotectiveDad parents]] will revive the moral panics that were popular [[TwoDecadesBehind twenty years ago]], when they were their kids' age.


* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' is set in a small town where dancing is prohibited and we hear the pastor's sermons against the evils of rock music.

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* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' is set in a small town where dancing is prohibited and we hear the pastor's sermons against the evils of rock music. Ren (Kevin Bacon's character) is able to work around it by appealing to the town by explaining the historical use of dance to celebrate life.


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* According to some people in 18th Century England, [[FelonyMisdemeanor rolling a hoop with a stick.]] Yes, hoop and stick, aka ''The Hoop Nuisance''. One of the most staunch opponents was CharlesBabbage, grandfather of the computer, who also hated [[TheNewRockAndRoll organ grinders]]. Imagine what he would think of [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 video games.]]

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* According to some people in 18th Century England, [[FelonyMisdemeanor rolling a hoop with a stick.]] Yes, hoop and stick, aka ''The Hoop Nuisance''. One of the most staunch opponents was CharlesBabbage, Charles Babbage, grandfather of the computer, who also hated [[TheNewRockAndRoll organ grinders]]. Imagine what he would think of [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 video games.]]

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