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Oct 21st 2018 at 10:14:30 AM •••

I would like to request an edit. On Real Life > Tabletop Games, where it reads:

\"In 2003, Brazilian TV show host Gilberto Barros made some TV reports for his TV show Bom Dia Brasil, claiming that the games Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering were Satanic, calling Yu-Gi-Oh! \"The Devil\'s Card Game\".\"

The name of his show was actually Boa Noite Brasil (there is a Bom Dia Brasil, but it\'s a newscast program, entirely different altogether).

Jul 29th 2018 at 11:16:18 AM •••

Requesting edit, to fix a redlink:

  • The Watchdogs in Marvel Comics are an extremist satire. A terrorist organization at least partially led by The Red Skull, they oppose pornography, obscenity, sex education, abortion, homosexuality, and the teaching of evolutionary theory, but choose to express their beliefs through morally questionable (and outright evil) methods, including vandalism, arson, intimidation, assault, kidnapping, brainwashing, and murder, Most often they are foes of Captain America.


  • The Watchdogs in Marvel Comics are an extremist satire. A terrorist organization at least partially led by the Red Skull, they oppose pornography, obscenity, sex education, abortion, homosexuality, and the teaching of evolutionary theory, but choose to express their beliefs through morally questionable (and outright evil) methods, including vandalism, arson, intimidation, assault, kidnapping, brainwashing, and murder, Most often they are foes of Captain America.

Until next time... Anon e Mouse Jr.

Nov 14th 2017 at 11:42:30 PM •••

The very last entry ends with "we won't get a Derpy episode" of Friendship is Magic. She actually did get an episode of her own later, Slice of Life, with a third voice and the character renamed "Muffins". They simply made it clear she's not disabled, just... quirky.

Jul 3rd 2017 at 3:07:44 AM •••

Can someone please update the section for The Lion & Lamb Project as soon as possible? I tried checking the link earlier this month, and it seems that the site now directs to a site for a Nordic/Scandinavian video game site. I can provide specific details for anyone who needs me to, but just check the link provided on the page.

Feb 23rd 2017 at 4:20:41 PM •••

Me Me Roth and other anti-obesity/junk food/sugary drinks activists probably have blamed obesity, junk food, and sugary drinks for every damn problem save for AIDS, global warming, and the common cold.

Oct 26th 2016 at 1:05:05 PM •••

Can I get this added to the page?

     Fan Works 
  • Deconstructed in the First Try Series. Sarutobi found out that the rising censorship in the Academy texts contributed to the rising Genin decline. It's a really bad idea to sugar coat the education of soldiers. Averted when he reverses the censorship to better illustrate the dangers of being a ninja.

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Jan 2nd 2016 at 8:20:50 AM •••

I think there should be a group to stand against Moral Guardians. to put an end to them by humiliating them and emotionally crushing them. to try to take our rights like that. I say they should be given a bitter taste of their own medicine. some one should make an Anti Moral Guardians group. down with Moral Guardians.

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Oct 13th 2015 at 6:20:43 AM •••

Could someone add Collective Shout to this page? They're an Australian group obsessed with how women are represented in media and their go-to approach to things that offend them is to demand that they be banned outright.

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Sep 21st 2015 at 6:03:07 PM •••

I'd like to suggest that the following be added to the end of the Comics Code Authority item: "And people have been complaining about the sexual content of DC's output ever since."

This is true. DC's dropping of the CCA happened not long before they rebooted their universe and launched the New 52 comics, and ever since one of the biggest complaints I have heard repeatedly is over the sexual content. (One of the very first Batman comics featured a graphic sex scene with Catwoman that would never have been allowed under the CCA. And I remember reading comments to the effect that some fans wished the CCA was still in place because of it.)

Jul 28th 2015 at 3:55:42 PM •••

I would have wanted to add that the Children Internet Protection Act was withdrawn on 1 July 2004 because of a supreme court ruling in 2003 (American Libraries Association vs. United States Inc.) that annotated that the Children Internet Protection act violates the rights laid down in the First Amendment. More details can be found at (p.194 - p.243) . If you want you can read some of the content or let me write a snippet about it. You choose.

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Apr 11th 2015 at 8:19:13 PM •••

I think that the Real Life section should be its own subpage of this trope, because the examples are large enough to that capacity.

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May 20th 2016 at 1:01:22 PM •••

Seconded. Plus it would justify unlocking the main page for less controversial edits.

Nov 10th 2014 at 3:29:46 PM •••

On Modern Warfare 2, the Japanese version also gave a game over for killing civilians, but it also unintentionally tried to trick the player as well because Makarov's 'Remember, no Russian.' line was mistranslated as 'Kill them; they are Russians.' because of technological limitations. Should this information be added?

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Nov 10th 2014 at 11:29:07 PM •••

I am not seeing what it has to do with this trope, really.

Sep 28th 2014 at 9:59:28 PM •••

Does anyone even LOOK at this page, an example I put almost two years ago still hasn't been added.

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Sep 29th 2014 at 3:39:59 AM •••

No, edit requests should not be posted here. There is a thread linked on Locked Pages where you can ask for edits.

Sep 28th 2014 at 1:54:25 PM •••

This page is highly biased and should be edited to be objectionable.

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Sep 28th 2014 at 2:55:05 PM •••

I think you want "objective", and it is about the media stereotype, not the Real Life versions.

Nov 16th 2017 at 4:44:47 AM •••

I think it's better to point out that this isn't The Other Wiki. There is no rule here that there must always be a Neutral Point of View. I would say there is a bias here in favor of letting creators create, because people here love good entertainment and Moral Guardians' restrictions make that harder to do well, and as such I would say that this bias is a good thing. I agree with most (though not all) of the biases on this site, enough that I like the site a lot. If you don't, then fine— go elsewhere and create (depending on whether your gripe is from the left or the right) either an ultra-PC version or a religious fundamentalist version.

Sep 2nd 2014 at 10:01:15 AM •••

Point of accuracy: under Radio, The Mary Whitehouse Experience. Just to say it wasn't just Newman and Baddiel, although they're best known: there were four guys in the group. the other two MWE members, Hugh Dennis (sitcom Outnumbered) and Steve Punt, went on to do a TV series together and then went onto individual careers in comedy. I'd slot in a brief line if the page wasn't locked.

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May 24th 2014 at 10:24:10 AM •••

Under Real Life/ Internet, it would make sense to have the closest to home example; this very site.

  • Tv Tropes has had multiple run ins with moral guardians, resulting in being cut off from Google advertising at least once and widespread self censorship and elimination of sex oriented tropes, media, and discussion. Since guidelines put into place after one incident exempt PG-13 movies and Teen rated games and below from inspection, it can be said that the site itself is now rated PG-13. As is usual for the trope, there has been no corresponding response to violent media.

May 19th 2014 at 4:26:59 AM •••

Hey hey, Derpy is back.

We should probably add that to the Real Life - Western Animation section, replacing the "We can forget about a Derpy episode" part.

Apr 9th 2014 at 2:09:02 AM •••

If possible, I'd like someone to add this addendum under the Pokémon Black and White entry

  • Which, ironically, PETA completely missed the point of in one of their shock site/flash games Pokémon Black and Blue, idolizing Team Plasma as heroes while sending the players out to rescue them from their trainers. Interestingly whoever designed the game had obviously played the real one all the way through, as they knew Ghetsis' true intentions well enough to leave him as the villain.

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Apr 9th 2014 at 4:41:42 AM •••

Eh, that looks like natter and not really pertinent.

Apr 9th 2014 at 10:05:31 AM •••

Fair enough, I'll hunt around for a trope that fits it better and fix it up (if there isn't already and example about it), cheers.

Sep 18th 2013 at 1:10:52 AM •••

ignore this - duplicated post.... said the same here a year or two ago. My bad and short-term memory...

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Jul 28th 2013 at 5:05:45 AM •••

Ummm... is this (from Real Life section) really an example of this trope?

  • "Shit Reddit Says", a group on Reddit that links to and makes fun of posts they consider bigoted.

I mean it sound more like people collecting troll / weird / fringe shit for Bile Fascination not "Think of the Children! - let's ban it!!1!1eleventy!!1!" to me. But then again I'm not on Reddit.

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Jul 28th 2013 at 5:44:29 AM •••

Yeah that sounds like a "point and laugh" group, what are they even supposed to be 'guarding'? Doesn't seem to fit at all.

Jan 3rd 2016 at 4:36:14 AM •••

Seconded. Moral guardians are defined by their desire to censor media, not poke fun at fringe extremists. By that logic, sites such as [Fundies Says the Darnest things] should be on this list.

Jun 22nd 2013 at 4:37:12 PM •••

Could we add in the 2013 Penny Arcade 'controversy'? A few people started accusing Krahulik of being transphobic because he said all women have vaginas.

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Apr 22nd 2013 at 4:14:03 PM •••

The Dilbert character "Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light" bears some mention on this page, since he was created because Scott Adams' editor thought introducing Satan as a character (which was Adams' original plan) would get the strip pulled from newspapers, as revealed in the book "Seven Years of Highly Defective People".

Feb 9th 2013 at 8:32:24 PM •••

Just wanted to correct a couple misspellings of "satellite" (shown as "sattelite"). They OFFEND me!!

Jan 30th 2013 at 7:45:07 PM •••

Could someone please add some spoiler-tags to the pokemon Black and White example?

Jan 20th 2013 at 1:12:02 PM •••

New In-Universe example, belongs in Western Animation, when possible add it in.

  • In Moral Orel, Miss Censordoll leads a group of these in protests of various things around Moralton. The objects of their ire can be...rather odd. (Protesting The Greatest Story Ever Told because it's so long that it'll distract audiences into whoring? Weird. Protesting wedding receptions? Hilarious once the bride herself joins in the protests.)
    • One episode specifically deals with Orel joining them and then leading a protest against eggs, causing an inner conflict with Miss Censordoll, due to eggs being her favorite food. She joins them in protesting rather than be seen as a hypocrite, and later gets eggs on the black market.

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Oct 16th 2012 at 10:08:52 AM •••

IIRC, in the Philippines, Diablo III was pulled out of the shelves because the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines) thought it was, for want of a better term I could think of, evil.

Oct 10th 2012 at 4:10:56 PM •••

That KFC advert where people try to sing with their gobs full of shite KFC almost-chicken? Nothing to do with moral aspects or bad table manners - we wanted it banned because it was fucking disgusting to watch. Some things are pretty absolute, and some scrote of a chav with their mouth crammed with food trying to speak - or worse, sing - and churning it up visibly or spitting it all over the place - absolutely fucking sick-making disgusting.

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Mar 14th 2013 at 3:28:33 PM •••

From a certain point of view. I thought it was funny.

And seriously, disgusted? How are you on the internet then?

Jun 11th 2012 at 1:06:38 PM •••

  • Interestingly, Disney has been accused of this practice themselves, either forcing certain films to be released by other companies or outright refusing to allow them to be released at all. Only Yesterday, Kids, Dogma, and Lucio Fulci's The Beyond come to mind.

Normally, I wouldn't post this here, except a couple of punks thought it would be a good idea to trope us (which, for those wondering, is NOT a good idea).

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Jun 2nd 2012 at 6:44:23 PM •••

Hold on, it's racist to call Jacob from Twilight Indian? I usually don't use it, but only so as not to confuse it with people from India. It's not racist to call someone an Indian. Looks like whoever wrote that it was racist for them to call Jacob that is themselves a moral guardian.

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May 9th 2012 at 2:33:44 PM •••

Can someone bring up these points in the Portal 2 section?

- It was spoken by G La DOS, a callous AI that has lied to you and tried to kill you, both multiple times.

- It was brought up in the first game.

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Mar 3rd 2012 at 12:03:22 AM •••

Isn't Kirino Kousaka 14 years old and not 12? I googled it and couldn't find anywhere that said she was 12. I haven't read the light novels however so I'll ask rather than change something in case I'm wrong.

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Mar 3rd 2012 at 12:05:02 AM •••

Yep, she is fourteen in the light novels.

Feb 26th 2012 at 11:36:02 AM •••

Changed the opening page so it doesn't just go off easy on left-wing examples. Of course modern people don't agree with racism, but a left-wing moral guardian sees racism and sexism in almost any work, using trivial, typical things like superhero outfits or The Chick as "evidence" of sexism, a non Canon Sue portrayal of a woman or minority is "racist" or "sexist", and they try to censor the word black and say Real Women Never Wear Dresses. Again, that's just defining what a left-wing moral guardian is like and that's an extreme example, of course, we seem to be more willing to talk about the right-wing version. I'm just trying to improve the page. I apologize if there's another way to make it look even-keeled, which I'll work with others here on doing if they think it needs it.

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Feb 26th 2012 at 11:11:44 PM •••

Not really a critic just a question: Why on earth is this considered left-wing? Extreme moral guardian Political Correctness Gone Mad yes... but left wing? "Down with the (big or any if we go to the far-far left) enterprises!" "Consumerism is the DEVIL!" "The original sin was the first human who said MINE. We should have lynched him!" kinda stuff is extreme left-wing. :) My best guess is that this probably the American (mis)use of the word... I mean they seem to believe that the Democratic party is somehow left (moderate right if someone asks me). But it's still weird.

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Feb 14th 2013 at 5:39:00 AM •••

Whether you like it or not, women are people, and, actually, about 50% of all people are female. Denying this by defining a character solely by "she is female" IS sexist. As is the lack of female characters in the media.

If it wasn't sexist, the trope would not be called "The Chick",obviously.

Mar 6th 2010 at 2:35:55 PM •••

It's a new discussion system, and I still have some questions. To pull straight from my old post:

1. Why do we have the Erich Fromm quote as the definitive quote for Moral Guardians? It's not like "hate or envy" is uniformly the cause behind moral indignation — most people have good intentions when they try to keep kids out of Pulp Fiction.

2. Most "Moral Guardians" types I've seen don't even claim "memberships", let alone vast ones, and Completely Missing The Point with a completely out-of-context-quote is rarer still. It sounds like someone had a few specific bones to pick and used them to define the entire category.

3. To expand on that, is it me, or does the page seem to have become "moral guardians I don't agree with"? For example, there are Troper Tales stressing how old the troper in question is, as if that's the qualifier for this label.

...or is censorship in all its forms (all of them) evil and I'm just the last to know?

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Apr 2nd 2010 at 7:34:36 PM •••

1. Because, even if they don't know it, they are acting like asshats, and this is more about trying to ban Pulp Fiction from everyone because censors don't like it

2. Thats for the groups and it is depressingly common, even if you don't notice it.

3. This is about the over-the-top, nothing I don't agree with is moral type Guardians

For the record, I think censorship is wrong. You can simply not watch/listen/read/play what offends you, and even if there weren't censor limits, common sense dictates that people wouldn't be showing Pornography or Violence 24/7. Besides, whatever happened to responsibility or art?

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Apr 3rd 2010 at 7:00:01 PM •••

I don't see how being a Moral Guardian necessarily implies that a person must be an asshat. It just means you're trying to guard the morals. The name alone doesn't say anything about whether it's overzealous or not. That's how I've understood the term even on this wiki, where the general population is much more likely than not to complain about Moral Guardians.

Apr 17th 2010 at 10:43:37 PM •••

The phrase Moral Guardians usually refers to people how are overzealous and think that they are the absolute purveyors of the Moral code

Jun 19th 2010 at 12:20:46 PM •••

(Late again to one of my own topics.) Can we clarify exactly what kind of nuts we mean on the main page? Between the description (which used to be more vindictive but basically described the same thing) and the way it's sometimes used, it sounds like anyone who objects to a piece of work on moral grounds is one of those contemptible Moral Guardians.

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Jul 13th 2010 at 9:02:23 AM •••

That is a good point.

I'll see about better clarification of the nutjobs this refers too.

Dec 3rd 2010 at 10:08:39 AM •••

anyone remember the time when comic books where sold at wal mart? no? thats because this moral guardian saw Emma Frost on an xmen cover and flipped out. And for all you MGs out there, if something offends you, don`t be a killjoy, or you'll be the subject of hate on ALL TROPERS UNITE!!!!!!!

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Dec 30th 2010 at 7:11:15 AM •••

You people SAY that this is about the over-the-top moral guardians, but it is not. It's about anyone you people think get in the way of your gory, swear-filled, sex-fest fun. It maybe harsh to say that, but I have a feeling that could be an ulterior motive.

Every example of people trying to protect kids is labelled as moral guardian-esque. EVEN censoring swear words and putting age ratings on films, which is a complete contradiction of what you people are claiming about moral guardians. Do we really want to subject and desensitise our kids to this crap? There are some views out there that is it mentally unhealthy to watch violence all the time so much that we adults are desensitised to it, anyway.

The main problem is, we seem to be living in a world that says 'Sort yourself out. I'm not going to help you.' Instead of doing our best as a society to protect our children (and everyone else, for that matter), we leave parents to it, and blame them if it all goes wrong, while we revel in gore-fest videogames, fanservice-filled shows and the like. I still don't know if it is truly a problem, but I don't think it's good to saturate the market with all this crap (and if you're going to start about realism, then don't even bother - it's not about realism and you know it).

So, I'm spoiling your fun, am I? Esacpism is important, but are we living in it too much?

... Moral guardians are a bunch of adults, usally parents, who think they know better. Tv tropes is full of a bunch of young nerds, most likely childless, who think they know better. Who is really right(?

(Here's a fun game. Guess my age.)

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Dec 30th 2010 at 7:25:50 AM •••

Who gives a shit about your age?

And I love the "you people," crap you keep coming out with. This is just another dopey, self-righteous rant from someone who feels they, and they alone, know what "really" is.

Let me say to you, good sir or madame, whatever your age: Get over yourself.

Jan 11th 2011 at 3:28:36 PM •••

Maybe we should split this trope into two: one for reasonable objections to "objectionable" content, and one for extremists? Maybe a new trope for people who wish to censor or do whatever to "offensive" content because of some objectively reasonable issue, and keep Moral Guardians for people who wish to censor or do whatever to "offensive" content because OH MY GOD!!! DON'T LOOK AT IIIT!!!

One thing's certain, anything that falls under "Moral Guardian" is associated with mindless extremists trying to protect capable people from reality. The problem is when some legitimate reasons to restrict content end up here. Consider A Clockwork Orange (the book) . . . it shouldn't be read by grade schoolers. I can make a logical argument why, but this post is long enough as it is. Anyway, I don't think the book is bad or evil or whatever (it's one of my favorite books), just that grade schoolers shouldn't read it.


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Feb 18th 2011 at 12:55:17 PM •••

Creating separate categories may actually be a pretty good idea. The problem is that there will inevitably be YMMV problems regarding what exactly constitutes as "objectionable" or "acceptable".

As for the anonymous poster above; I understand your concern, but there is definitely a difference between implied sexual activity (or in some cases, something misinterpreted as innuendo) and an explicit "sex-fest". There is difference between saying the words "suck" or "shut-up" and stronger words more deserving of an R-rating. Just as 1984 (book), Catcher in the Rye (book), and vast others were threatened to be censored or removed from the public due to their "impression on the public/or youth"; we hope that by keeping track of the vast missteps of censorship, we can become a more mature, educated society that understands the difference between using the "think of the children" argument, and a work of literature or film that deserves to be analyzed in its own context.

Mar 20th 2011 at 12:30:29 PM •••

True. It just seems like this trope has become a license to whine about censorship to the point of being a "bad" trope, which is a problem. Two parts probably wouldn't work, but maybe a three part split is the answer: something along the lines of a Moral Captain Obvious ("A Clockwork Orange has too much rape to be read by grade schoolers"), something like a Moral Templar ("A Catcher in the Rye has f-bombs! It must not be read!"), and a nice big YMMV section. A lot of examples that are already here would fit easily into one of the two extremes, or just drop out.

And to clarify, I'm not saying to look at the books/video games/movies/etc. to see if they're "objectionable" or "acceptable" (it's not my place to do that), but that we look at the Moral Guardian reactions/overreactions to see if they're justifiable or not.

I'm interested in seeing how the "in universe"/"in real life" split works, though.

Jan 7th 2013 at 12:38:04 AM •••

The page could do with a comment regarding Politics Ensuing for two sets of moral guardians vociferously opposing what each other advocate.

Dec 21st 2013 at 9:52:29 AM •••

Regarding the section ending with "upper male nudity", this arguably says more about society's standards for nudity between the sexes than it does about the insanity of his system, which appears logically consistent. I'd like some reference to this to be made, if you deem it neutral enough.

Jan 30th 2015 at 10:12:16 PM •••

Actually, I would like to note some people who are saying "Do you want our children to be desensitized to this crap?" are completely wrong. You CAN be desensitized to it, but oversensitizing people to it is even worse. We SHOULD get to enjoy our gore-fests, so long as we know that in real life, it shouldn't be like that. Children will only be desensitized if you teach them to be. We were all children once, remember? If I was taught "Okay, go murder someone, it's fine" then I would follow it. I'm not saying Moral Guardians are monsters, stupid, or mean, but they do tend to overdo it. People should be able to do anything they want to in our movies, games, books, etc. as long as we know it's wrong in real life. Now I know you'll probably say "But dude, you stated on your page you're a kid!" Well...not exactly a KID, but that WOULD mean I know things about the subject. The Slender Murder attempt: Those girls may not have been taught it was wrong. Most likely, something about them was already... off. The game was not to blame. Children won't be desensitized, traumatized, or anything due to exposure to it, it's not being taught it's wrong that will cause that. And I used to be a Moral Guardian myself, claiming that Slender SHOULD be banned for the murder attempt, but I now see where I went wrong, and I'm writing this to show the other people that they're both wrong. Moral Guardians are not stupid, they have a place in our society, but if we JUST go by their word, most kids would never know anything taboo in their lives. And that would cause a serious drop in population. I ended up having to find out a lot of these things were wrong MYSELF, mind you, because I was always simply told "Don't play Team Fortress 2! It's rated M!" without a reason. Well, now I do play these games, and I'm revealing hidden depths in a speech about this that hopefully resolves this thread, so I sure as the nether haven't gone Ax-Crazy from it yet.

So there's what I say. Neither of you are exactly right, neither are exactly wrong. Moral guardians deserve their place, but mindlessly following them is not the answer. The children will only be desensitized if you teach them to be. Only be traumatized if you teach them to be. It's not going to be Minecraft's fault when they start swearing, it's because they've gotten to the point where it's no longer considered that taboo anymore. But if you teach the, swearing is a crime worse than genocide, then, well... They'll never tell the difference between right and wrong. We should get to enjoy our gore-fests, so long as we know they're not right in real life. Hope that's that and we can get past this.

Jan 31st 2015 at 2:48:59 AM •••

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