By now pretty much everyone has seen Jimmy Kimmel’s video montage of the reactions of children after their parents tell them they ate all of their Halloween candy. If you haven’t seen it, please take a minute or six to take a look.
Priceless and hilarious, yes? Apparently not everyone thinks so. Here’s some quotes from folks outraged at this horrible example of parenting.
“Is it just me, or does anyone else thinks this sort of borders on emotional and mental cruelty toward children?? It’s pretty darn close to bullying, isn’t it?” Commenter on NBC article.
“Cruel and potentially damaging.” Child psychologist Mark Barnett.
“Inappropriate parental behavior.” Psychologist Jane Annunziata.
That’s just a couple of the criticisms, but you get the gist of it. These parents are only out for a couple minutes of fame, and by participating in a prank, may be causing lifelong damage to their children’s psyches.
People? Get the fuck over yourselves. It’s funny. It’s CANDY, for fuck’s sake. They didn’t tell them Santa hated them, that the Easter Bunny didn’t exist, that their favorite teacher was actually an alien, that the dog was dead. They told them someone ate their candy. And they didn’t even do it! The kids got their candy back!
I’m just going to point out two things and then leave it alone. One – most kids that have parents willing to buy them a costume and take them trudging around in the rain for several hours trick or treating are probably reasonably in tune with their children and whether playing a prank on them is going to destroy their entire life. Two – if your kid reacts like some of them did, such as the two-year-old who called someone a bitch, they probably deserve a spanking a lot more than a bag of candy, anyhow.
Hell, I believed my dad built the Sears Tower until I was probably eleven. My cousin Carrie – who isn’t actually my cousin, MORE LIES, MOM AND DAD – was told that Santa vacationed with a bunch of girls in bikinis in the off season. The list goes on and on. We’re fine. These kids will be fine too. Get over yourselves.