posted on Sep, 13 2008 @ 05:07 PM
It was a bookstore that made the decision. They can sell or not sell whatever they want.
I think this brings up a larger issue, though: kids are not 'little people'. They are children. They need protection in many cases from the things
that adults take in stride. I know better than to stick my finger in a light socket or onto a hot surface. Small children do not always have this
As such, cartoons, which children oft see as their own domain, can be particularly hazardous to children if they are intended for adults. At one time,
I thought of anime movies as more or less children's movies. After all, they are cartoons, and Saturday Morning cartoons were always children's
shows when I was younger. I wonder how many parents still believe this? I'm just glad that I watched a few anime movies before making the decision as
to whether or not they were appropriate for my kids.
Now, I am not bashing anime, I am simply using them as an example. Other examples could be the prime time adult cartoons, such as The Simpsons,
Family Guy, South Park, or the now (thankfully) forgotten Beavis and Butthead. Not all of these shows are 'evil', but all of
them are definitely adult-oriented in a genre that has traditionally been seen as child-oriented. Anime pops into my mind because of the
anime-inspired cartoons which are marketed at children: Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Dragonball Z (the last one I actually had to
forbid my son to watch at one time).
I don't believe in censorship at any level, and mean no intent to remove any of the books or movies that are based on cartoons but either written
with adult themes or are improper material for children. What I would like to see, however, is a bit of truth-in-advertising, such as a warning or
age-appropriateness code on the media to alert parents who may not be as 'hip' as the authors/producers. We have similar things in the US on theater
movies and video games, but they seem to be lacking on books and direct-to-DVD movies.
I salute this bookstore for taking action to hopefully prevent more needless deaths.