Gather round, geeks and nerds...and while you're at it, grab your torches and pitchforks because once again religious fascists are sticking their noses into things that they don't understand. What could this possibly be, you might be asking?
I'll tell you!
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a rabid TMNT fangirl. I've loved them since I was a little girl, and I still love them now even as a 29 year old mother-to-be. The point is that I'm a fan, and I take great offense when something than I'm a fan of is needlessly attacked. It's doesn't have to be TMNT, it could be something else of which I'm a rabid fan. You don't believe me? You should see how incensed I get when someone attacks Phantom of the Opera, but that particular obsession of mine is not the subject of this post. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are.
As you can see below, three right-wing Christian fascists are sitting up in their ivory tower while attacking and passing judgement upon things that they simply don't understand. According to them, TMNT (not only TMNT, but also chocolate bars and fruit snacks in the shapes of musical instruments...oh, the horror!) is an evil propaganda that is designed to prey upon innocent children and not only corrupt them, but to turn them into lawless little psychopaths!
You think I'm kidding? Take a look at the video below. Trust me...this isn't the sort of thing you can make up!
Alright, now I know this video is more than a little dated (thank you 1980-something), but that doesn't make it any less disturbing...especially when you see how serious and adamant these three men are in their belief that TMNT is an evil franchise (notice how they blamed TMNT for three boys running amok at a nursery school?). Excuse me, but I watched the cartoons and the movies all through my childhood, and I turned out more than okay (and I grew up in an extremely Catholic household, but my parents had enough sense to know, that what I was watching was nothing more than entertainment, and not to mention both of my parents were actively involved in my life and daily activities. You know...actually doing their jobs as parents instead of letting the television raise me) so that particular belief of theirs holds no water. If they want to blame anyone for those kids acting crazy at school, then they should blame the parents because it was the parents who looked the other way while their children were acting up. It was the parents who fell down on the job and let their children act in such an inappropriate way. It wasn't the TMNT, so don't even try to blame them.
But besides that particular issue of theirs, there's something else that really bothers me. Right off the bat, these men bash TMNT because Splinter isn't a Christian. The fact that they call his beliefs Hindu is only further proof to just how blindingly ignorant they are. If they bothered to pay any attention to the story, they would know that before Splinter was a mutant rat, he was a Japanese man from JAPAN. He was NOT from India where Hinduism is the predominant religion! Being the Japanese immigrant that he was, he would have most likely been a practitioner of Buddhism. Yes, I'm aware that there are other religions practiced in Japan, but you don't ever see Splinter making the sign of the cross, lighting a menorah, dropping to his knees and praying five times a day (that's Islam for those of you who didn't know), or avoiding beef products (Hinduism), now do you?
But then of course, to those three bigots in the video, any religion that is NOT Christianity is wrong, so why bother learning the differences between them?
You know what? Scratch the rest of my rant. I'm going to focus on that little tidbit right there, because all of their other complaints are simply too stupid to argue against. Never mind the fact that they belittle the turtle's constant battle against evil (as censored down as it was for television), let's focus on the fact that these three men (whom I'm assuming are still alive if they haven't already been hunted down by a lynch-mob of angry nerds) are so wrapped up in their own fascist, Christian ideals that they are literally advocating the hatred of other religions and cultures. You know what happened the last time beliefs like that were touted and followed?
Oh, I don't know...just a little something known as the HOLOCAUST!
Now, please don't misunderstand me. This is not meant as an attack against Christianity. Rather, this is an attack against right-wing fascists who find fault in everything that even remotely questions their ideals. These people actively look for things to blame other than themselves when things in their family go awry. These are the people who say "Oh, it's the cartoons on T.V. that made my child beat up his classmate at school...it couldn't possibly be the fact that he's doing what he saw me do to his mother", or "It's the cartoons on television that make my child run around with scissors trying to stab people...it couldn't possibly be the fact that I let her do whatever she wants without consequences".
If you can't take five minutes out of your day to sit down and talk with your children and explain the fundamentals of right and wrong to them, then maybe you shouldn't be shocked when they turn around and blow up the school. It's NOT the fault of cartoons. If you want to blame someone, then look in a frakking mirror, because it isn't TMNT or any other cartoon that's the problem. IT'S YOU!!
*sighs* End of rant.