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.