No Stooges?

I should preface this story with the fact that things are a little…well, tense around the house lately. Will has stopped sleeping through the night. He wakes up at 11 p.m., 1 a.m., sometimes 3:30 a.m. and then he’s up for good at 6 a.m. The dogs are out of their minds lately and the cats have taken to pissing all over our couch and our blankets for some reason. We also bought a play yard because the Pack n Play was getting too small for Will. The downside of this is that there is absolutely ZERO room in our house for anyone. Seriously, it’s like an obstacle course going around the pack n play and then hurdling the play yard to get to the kitchen.

But I digress…

I was taking some time to actually unwind on Sunday morning, watching TV with Will. Then, much to my delight, The Three Stooges was on TV. I happily put down the remote, turned up the volume and settled on the couch with Will as I explained to him all about one of the greatest TV shows ever created.

Then out of nowhere, the Fun Police showed up in the form of an angry wife who furiously demanded I change the channel. And make no mistake, she was PISSED. I was taken aback because I had always watched Moe, Larry and Curly and just assumed that it was no big deal. But MJ launched into this diatribe telling me how irresponsible it was of me to expose Will to the Stooges, how violent the show was and then she concluded her rant by informing me that he would NEVER watch the show again.

You can imagine how well I reacted to that.

What ensued was a heated debate about morals, decency, violence in the media and the right/wrong way to raise children. All because of The Three Stooges.

She claims that it’s much too violent. She talked of studies (which she couldn’t pinpoint I might add) that proved kids who watch violence on TV are more prone to replicate it in real life. But what irked me even more was when she said “Plus, the Stooges are just dumb.”

Dumb? The Three Stooges dumb?? On no she didn’t!

The Stooges are a staple of manhood. Sure it’s violent, but you have to teach children they shouldn’t always copy what they see on TV. After all, lots of things on TV are violent. Football is violent, Tom & Jerry is violent…if we had to ban violence he’d never be allowed to leave the house for God’s sake. The kids who start beating on each other after watching a show like the Stooges probably don’t have parents who explain the difference between fantasy and reality to them. I will.

Plus, it’s tradition. Sunday mornings and the Marathon on New Year’s are a time to get back in touch with your Inner Stooge. I watched the Stooges with my Dad (no Shemp episodes though!) and it was all in good fun. And nothing MJ says is going to stop me from watching the Stooges with Will.

I don’t ask for much, but I’m not bending on this one.

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9 thoughts on “No Stooges?

  1. Again, I must side with MJ. The Stoogies are really not that funny unless you are pissed drunk. As far as violence on TV, it’s different when you watch Tom and Jerry do it, than if you are watching real people do it. We don’t need Will poking his friends in the eyes.

    I swear, I like your wife more and more everyday!

  2. I don’t know that at Will’s age that he would completely understand the “violence” in the stooges-but recently I have learned that Sponge Bob can create bad behaviors in a 3 almost 4 year old “I’m gonna kick your butt!”

    Now, where the actually line is funny in the show, it’s not funny when your son says it to a classmate or to you.

    And yes, I can correct that behavior and perhaps watch Sponge Bob WITH him as opposed so I can take-ahem, go to the bathroom by myself, it’s just so much easier to not let him like it in the first place.

    Go for Noggin-sports even…just NOT purposeful violence. Although, I am now just learning how this all works in the mind of a youngster as David is now expressing it-it’s almost impossible to ignore it all…his friends are into WWF etc and his first day of school got a taste of choke holds-so-really pick your battles!

  3. Yuk yuk yuk…

    The Three Stooges are funny as hell! They are as American as apple pie! They are an integral part of any normal childhood!

    You don’t know something is wrong if you have never seen it. The Stooges are actually a good life lesson. You learn about loyalty, friendship, and following the rules. All this politically correct crap is so silly – whatever happened to good old fashioned fun?

    Wooo-wooo-wooo-wooo-wooo-wooo….

  4. I agree with the Old Guy on this one. (Sorry, CCG!) These “studies” that MJ is referring to are know to be inherently flawed and are not based on the Three Stoges type of “violence” but more the Law and Order SVU type. TV ad Clips for R rated movies are often more violent than a show that even small children know is supposed to be silly and a joke.

  5. I agree with you. He is a boy. Even if you dressed him in dresses, painted his nails and made him watch Princess shows on tv all his childhood, I can bet you he will still haul off and punch some other kid in the eye one day. or wrestle or play rough. Its inevitable. And on the flip side, I bet if MJ actually sat and watched the marathon with you, no matter how stupid the show is, and it is, its still funny. And I bet Will will be laughing his ass off when he sees one of them poke another in the eye. lol lol lol lol

  6. So, I guess I shouldn’t get Will his own copy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail until he’s 21, huh?

    The three stooges brand of comedy is no different than the antics of clowns at the circus. It’s slap stick. I let my kids watch Tom & Jerry but the other night we watched an episode where Tom got piss ass drunk while Jerry manipulated food from him and another one where he was chain smoking, lol. I can deal with that. Spongebob however is not allowed in my house. Not after seeing an episode where they go on a panty raid with Mr. Crabs (because there’s no underlying connotations there) and end up in his mothers bedroom. I was horrified.

    You can never discount the influence that media has on a child’s mind but how they process that information and use it depends on how their parents raise them. I just watched Weird Science the other night, lmao. I immediately called my mom and berated her parenting skills for letting me watch that (and others just as bad) when I was 10 or 11.

    I lived through questionable cartoons, sex laden movies and ‘gangsta rap’ and didn’t become a degenerate because of it. I do have a completely F’ed up sense of humor though, lol.

  7. My 3 1/2 year old watches Tom and Jerry and I have had some of the same concerns. I explained to her the differences and just home I’m not screwing her up. But hell, I grew up on that crap and I’m fine. Right? Well perhaps that isn’t the best example.

  8. While I agree with your wife on one thing (the Stooges are leaning a bit toward dumb) and I sort of agree with her on another (I don’t let my kids watch anything but educational kids’ tv) I do disagree with her about the correlation between television violence and violence in children/teens. I was allowed to watch horror movies when I was really young and it is still my favorite genre. I even have “issues” but I have never once actually entertained the idea of driving my hand into someone’s chest and pulling out his/her heart. Not really.

    In your defense, I’m pretty sure that the stuff on the Three Stooges isn’t any more violent than the stuff young kids (boys in particular) come up with on their own during regular rough-housing. So meh. Just make sure he only watches it when she’s not around. ;)

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