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Im gon b honest, whenever people say "I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW" for moments in young people television that aren't even that graphic or disturbing, I feel like mentally rolling my eyes. With certain instances, like the murder/suicide at the end of Legend of Korra or the overt references to cunnilingus in that one episode of Cow and Chicken, it's like, yeah, okay, makes sense people would be shocked or surprised.
But in a lot of cases it's like, dude, some people are a little old to be acting like 'older' or more 'borderline' humor being pocketed into shows for younger people are anything novel. Such as when people react to shit that's really generic and not even explicit, like:
"OH MY GOD A CHARACTER FELL TO THEIR IMPLIED DEATHS I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SHOW FOR KIDS"
"OH NO A GENERIC VILLAIN WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH HIS GENERIC ARMY OF DARKNESS I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW"
"UH OH A CHARACTER THAT APPEARS TO BE 'TRIPPING' ON A G-RATED DRUG THAT'S MOST LIKELY SOME SORT OF EXTREME SUGAR PRODUCT HOLY SHIT DRUGS ALERT I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR CHILDREN."
"A CHARACTER MENTIONS THAT THEY'RE PREGNANT WHAT THE SHIT HOLD THE FUCK ON WE'VE GOT LITTLE BABIES WATCHING WE CAN'T HAVE THAT BECAUSE KIDS SHOW"

And a lot of that commentary is coming from viewers older than the target demographic. Dude. Son. I don't think it's the kids shows that are "messed up," I think you're just really sensitive to kids television and overreact because you're not the "lolz hardc0r3 ninetiez kid" you thought you were (or, in some cases, even somewhat older than that).
Shit is crazy.

edit: this wasn't really aimed at parents so much as it was talking about people in these fandoms in general, but I guess? parents work, too.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
When gone unchecked, the Getting Crap Past the Radar pages on TV Tropes get filled up with essentially this kind of thing.
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Creepiest Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like when people flipped their shit over "Don't stare at our crotches while we synchronize our watches!" on Regular Show. Or that one line from Pokémon: The Movie 2000. "You two don't need the opposite sex because you have each other." People all like "OMG THEY SAID SEX!!1!" I can understand kids responding that way, but adults? C'mon.
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drakken123 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
you must not have seen Invader Zim, a slightly old Nickelodeon cartoon. Aside from its general pretty gross base line there was an an episode where kids were gettin their organs stolen by Zim.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Except I've seen Invader Zim ages ago.
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drakken123 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Maybe you forgot when making your list then.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I never made a formal list in this journal, but even if there was, I wasn't aware there was an unwritten rule saying I was required to include every single questionable childrens show within.
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Rhapsody-Shaman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
It always amuses me to hear these parents bitching and complaining about how "violent and graphic today's cartoons are", and how their "precious little darlings" will be "corrupted and disturbed" by watching these cartoons.

Um, yes, excuse me? In the back? Yeah, hi. I watched my fair share of Blue's Clues and Veggietales and Looney Tunes, but from Kindergarten to second grade, my favorite shows were Digimon (I had a crush on Tai XD), Power Rangers, Dragonball Z (Vegeta was my favorite character), and Yu-Gi-Oh!. And I turned out just fine.

So stop your complaining and let your kids watch Adventure Time.
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Alpha621 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
THANK YOU!! Goodness, I want to slap people who overreact like that XD;; .
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Natt-Katt Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I guess the “issue” with pregnancy is that some parents are afraid children will ask them how pregnancy happens (but really, when it is between a shape shifting dog and a flying rainbow unicorn, can’t you just say you have no idea?)

I think the only animated series (not counting animated horror stories that is) I watch as a kid and was constantly horrified by was The Animals of Farthing Wood ._.
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digitaleva Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I look at the shows and go "I had it great!" I grew up watching Transformers, GI Joe, all of it. I mean, seriously! "I'll rip out your optics!" Sure, as a kid, I saw it as an idle threat, but looking back on the film now, That was Megatron making a very real, very serious threat at Optimus. Did I lose my mind over it? No. Have I been damaged because of all the times that Jerry beat the living crap outta Tom? No. Parents, as another user stated are refusing to do their jobs as parents.

My mother taught my brother, sister and myself the difference between reality and fantasy early on. I'm glad she did.
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greatcinalone23 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Have we been on Tumblr? There all the trigger warning/social justice things collide. XD

It's kinda annoying Tumblr's angry attitude, you come home from an awesome day planning and you find angry people being all "omg that's so racist!!11!!" and such. Normally I'm all for listening these things but they get me in such a sour mood they almost ruin my beautiful day.

Congrats for you tumblr, but you alone won't change the world with your sj bloggers.

Otoh...Makes me think of Young Justice the cartoon, when Cheshire (one of the main villains) mentioned she had a kid and we saw the babe. I thought that shit wouldn't fly past censors, considering she is a young woman/late teen and had the kid out of marriage...XD
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I'm all for people talking about and addressing social issues like race, gender, religion, etc.
But what really bothers me about tumblr is how their SJ community "handles" those issues. It almost gets to the point where they -look- for things to patrol, and instead of "educating," they judge, bash, and gather internet SJ mobs to spend time pointing out how "bad" a person was. If someone's been openly bigoted or hateful, that's another story, but most of the cases that have them up in arms involve people that were either taken out of context or genuinely didn't mean harm by what they were doing or saying. And then there's SJ bloggers who are just condescending, patronizing, self-righteous who act like self-assigned hall monitors, but I could go on for ages about SJ bloggers in general.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not gonna say much since my thoughts has already been stated below. I just lol'd at your caps block there because I've seen people irl say these things XD I just roll my eyes at them and ignore their hourly lecture of why they must cancel some show because "think of teh childrunz!". I've already seen a girl say she is wants to start a petition to cancel Gravity Falls for "satanic symbolism" lmao. XD I hope they make a shirt with the Pyramid thing that shows for a second in the beginning cuz I'd wear that just to bug people like her.

Also, after reading comments...RAINICORN IS PREGZ!?!? I didn't know! D:
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LazyPandaGurl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
It's all really simple. Parents don't want to actually do the work of being a parent. So instead of teaching their kids what's right and wrong, they go after the damn box they sit there kids in front of to not deal with them for two hours. Then when little Sally ask why this ponies eyes look weird the parents are to afraid to explain things or even do research on things. I can't tell how many times parents get mad at a show but, fail to read the description or rating. Sure buy Tommy Halo 3 but, never explain that real guns kill people and you don't get a respam after wares.

And if parents want to talk bad thing, THEIR CARTOONS WERE TERRIBLE. Smoking on screen, racism, sexism, bullying. Go watch some Looney Toons and shut up. I grew up in the 90's. Heck my dad let me watch the Simpson's with him and I grew up find.Why because my family taught me what was right and wrong and taught me that some people are bad but if I do this and that I can be safe. But I feel bad for these kids. The are going up in a box. I saw it in college, when they are let out of the box they go insane with power and craziness. I was talk not to drink and wait to have sex. I saw kids drinking till they were pass out. Kids find out they have a STD or two. I mean some people had ask our school nurse if they could tell if they were date rape.

So parents out there, if you are only doing it because your friend is preggers or those baby clothes are so cute STOP! If you aren't ready to show a new life both the good and evil in this world then put a rubber on, take a pill and stop forcing everyone else to do your job.
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EstrellaCorazon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I also recall someone on tumblr saying that the finale of Korra should have had a "trigger warning" because of Tarrlok's shenanigans and it was implied that Korra was contemplating suicide...
I know I may come across as a little insensitive here, but if you're that sensitive and you're watching LOK, which you know will be darker that ATLA, then maybe you ought to have a trusted someone screen ahead of time for you? We can't bow down to the whim and will of everybody who's ever had a bad thought about anything.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Weirdly enough, I never actually got the vibe that she was going to "kill herself," only that she was in a deep sense of despair and had nowhere else to go...or something to that effect. My issue with "trigger warnings" is that a lot of people want to change them into an "anything that makes me angry, upset, or uncomfortable" as opposed to a trigger that genuinely unlocks some deeply traumatic feelings. And instead people, especially on tumblr, want to use them to "safecap" or "childproof" every remotely negative thing instead of dealing with issues in a more mature manner.
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EstrellaCorazon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I recall someone on tumblr commenting about all the comments about "graphic" things on Legend of Korra, and this person made the hilarious point that these people complaining about LOK's "adult themes" are the same people who complained about the 4kids dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Well, maybe they weren't exactly the same and the blogger was just using hyperbole, but they summed it up in saying, "you've become that oversensitive, over protective adult that used to censor your shows and that you got mad at for doing so!"
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RustNSplinters Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, I mean for fuck's sake, I grew up watching "Ren and Stimpy" and " KA-BLAM" and I didn't grow up to be a perverted serial killer, or whatever those idiots think were supposed to happen to kids that watch 'innappropriate' kid's shows.
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amaterasu2314 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I don't understand that attitude. Like, there's some subtle things in children's cartoons (Finn fighting a physical manifestation of his fear, for instance) that make me appreciate the show -more- because they're dealing with topics in a mature manner. They're not being condescending and talking down to the audience. The sexual things they get past the radar are probably not going to be understood by the kids, and adults freaking out like their kids -did- understand it is ridiculous. I mean, yeah; hold the writers of a show accountable for things they've slipped in, but for the love of God, don't freak out like it's never been done before. "Animaniacs" and "Ren and Stimpy" did shit like that all the time. This isn't new and it shouldn't be treated like it is. *rubs temples* It's irritating.
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WikidWorx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Y'know it's funny. Back in the 80s/90s whenever there was a drug reference, it was as a PSA or had one slapped in there somewhere. Other than that, if the older generation is bitching about what kids watch now, did they suddenly land on their heads and completely forget about classic Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry or hell, 90% of all 90s cartoon shows!? Eek the Cat, Life with Louie, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Ren & Stimpy, Invader Zim...need I go on? :shrug: Good grief most of today's stuff is TAME compared to what we were exposed to back then and they're seriously wondering about what passes for children's animation now!? Get real! Stop bitching about what's on and actually pay attention to what kids really watch. Here's a hint: I promise you its WAY after their bedtimes.
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invaderrainbow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
LMAO it's like Regular Show. People are all like, "OMG THEY SAY THE WORD CRAP IN THE SHOW I THOUGHT IT WAS MEANT FOR KIDS"
"OMG INVADER ZIM IS SO GRAPHIC AND DISGUSTING AND DARK IT'S NOT MEANT FOR KIDS" (which is why it got cancelled)

But there is actually a Looney Tunes (with other cartoon characters) movie with drugs in it. :XD: I saw it off of Nostalgia Critic lmao.
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Teavian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Personally I think it's clever when they manage to sneak something in that a kid might not understand until they're older. I don't get the big deal with these people, haha.
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Omega23 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
But that's the fun part of kid's shows. More specifically, the actually adult parts that no child would ever get but every adult in the room does. It's more than half the reason I still watch kid's cartoons. (The other part of course being that I genuinely enjoy them)
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Btw sorry for adding all those 'Yous' in there. This isn't aimed at you; I guess I'm just rambling stupidly in regards to said people you direct this journal at...

I should really stop doing that :XD:
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
What complete bollocks!

Not this journal or what you bring to attention; but the fucking morons who spew that bullshit of 'I thought this was a kids show'

Seriously I'd love throw a chair in their faces! You want to leave yourself scrambling for an honest yet 'sensitive' explanation for something; have your kids watch a fucking nature documentary.

My eldest son bawled his eyes out when we were watching a David Attenborough documentary and he saw a polar bear get hold of a baby seal; and there really is no 'nice' way of saying 'this is what really happens; it's life; it's nature'.

I make it a habit of letting my kids know what really happens; all the bad as well as the good (without going into detail or anything of course). Kids are not stupid; and I think morons who spew that shit of 'this is suppost to be a kids show' need to go back under the rock they crawled from!

You keep babying kids (even adults) with innocence and flowers and sparkly shit; and hiding them away from some of the darker stuff in life; they'll fall in on themselves when the shit really hits the fan. And anyone who says the 'real life struggles don't affect kids because we protect them from it', grow the fuck up; seriously; you have no idea how kids work.

I'm not saying kids need to be exposed to all the twisted and dark stuff out there; but generally ridiculous things like a character saying they're pregnant; or a villain being a villain; honestly these people need to grow up themselves.

Also on a personal note; I'm really sick of characters 'dying but then somehow coming back to life' in one way or another. It's not fun trying to explain to kids that when something dies; it stays dead. It does more harm then good convincing kids that death isn't a permanent thing ¬_¬
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joejoeyjoy4 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Writer
CHILDHOOD RUINED!111!!!!
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
OH NO I REALIZED SOMETHING AS AN OLDER PERSON THAT I COMPLETELY MISSED AS A KID MY WORLD IS FALLING APART AS I KNOW IT
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joejoeyjoy4 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Writer
HOW WILL I EVER RECOVER FROM THIS TRAGEDY OF UNDERSTANDING A HIDDEN ADULT JOKE OR READING WAY TOO FAR INTO SOMETHING
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NotGregarLink10 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
The shit is cray cray.
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Hikari-Dareigan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank god my parents never found out I watched Courage the Cowardly Dog (one of the best CN shows in existence, IMO) when I was little, they would have flipped their shit. :lmao:
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rauj13 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Yeah, but then you have Star Wars: The Clone Wars where characters are dying on screen and the "heroes" are murdering people.
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Zzombieluv Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just read a thing about how parents were complaining about the end of Paranorman, where it implies that the football player is gay. "I don't want their lifestyle pushed on my children!!!1 I don't want to know who they r having sex with!!"

It said nothing about sex. It was a blink-and-you'll-miss reference that parents blew out of proportion. Since when is telling someone you have a boyfriend exposing all the details about your sex life?
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Because two characters of the same sex kissing or even mentioning they're dating someone of the same sex obviously implies graphic sexual interaction. OBVIOUSLY. </sarcasm>
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Zzombieluv Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, all gays do is have sex-it's their lifestyle. And they want to make sure you and your children are aware of this fact.

Some people... : /
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RandomPancake1108 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I hate that hypocrisy. People actually bash "Regular Show" and "Adventure Time" for getting crap passed the radar, but when "Animaniacs" and "Ren and Stimpy" did those, they were classics because they aired during their childhood. Take a good look at "Captain Planet" and you tell me with a straight face that your childhood was perfect.
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Lola-Monster Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't even begin to tell you how much this bothers me. Especially when the whole Legend of Korra suicide thing happened, and tumblr lost their hit because "it's a kids show omg!", and apparently just because it's a kids show means they can't have something dark or mature thrown in there.

Reminds me of how parents flipped their shit at ParaNorman, because the jock character, Mitch, mentioned that he has a boyfriend. And the whole thing with My Little Pony and Derpy was just ridiculous. Just because she has lazy eyes and is clumsy doesn't make her "omg ableist propaganda!!!!111"
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I know right. There are a lot of kids materials, especially books, that deal with death and tragedy so it's not like this is completely 'untouched, never-before-dealt-with' subject matter either.

I haven't seen ParaNorman yet, but I've heard great things. I heard Mitch didn't even state he was gay until towards the end. As for Derpy...seems more like SJers did a better job of self-righteously crusading and accusing others that were only trying to provide a treat for fans instead of actually promoting the 'equality' and 'tolerance' they claim to desire so much. Someone with lazy eyes =/= "mentally handicapped."
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Lola-Monster Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Basically.

I thought it was wonderful. I've been a fan of Laika since Coraline came out, so maybe I'm a little biased. But I thought it had a great mix of jokes for younger kids and jokes for older kids/adults. But yeah, Mitch doesn't even say anything until the very end, after Courtney spends the entire movie practically throwing herself on him any chance she gets.

Oh, don't get my started on the Social Justice nuts in the MLP fandom. They're so ridiculous. The thing that really pissed me off with Derpy, is that the SJ bloggers claimed that she was so obviously a stab at the mentally handicapped, yet wouldn't that be implying that all handicapped people talk with slurred speech and are ditsy or clumsy? Gosh, and I feel so bad for the writer of the episode, who has a disabled son.
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Jamiwami Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
What are these people complaining going to do if a pregnant woman walks past their child one day, like, shield the child's eye?? What the hell. I think people, adults anyway, underestimate kids. They are not that sensitive christ :/
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WiredandGaming Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I look back at some of the stuff I watched and I realize some of the stuff that went over my head at the time. So what? It didn't scar me for life.
Honestly, I got up at the crack of dawn to watch 80s cartoons on Saturdays, I watched anime(I was particularly into Cyborg 009, YuYu Hakusho and the occasional Ruroni Kenshin if I got home from school on time).

Boo hoo, Lady Rainicorn is pregnant. They're concerned about that, but no one raises the Moral Guardian hammer at the Ice King kidnapping young princesses? She's a Korean-speaking rainbow-unicorn hybrid that's dating a magic dog.
Mabel trips out on sugar. So? Candace from Phineas and Ferb tripped out on hallucinogenic moss before that.
I sort of like the added 'adult' humor or circumstances. You can go back to the show later and see everything you didn't notice before.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Plus, the tripping out thing has been done time and again (sometimes it almost feels like people just look for ways to put "acid trip" moments into their work, tbh). Examples include Dumbo, Regular Show (I think this one had an ep but I might be thinking of something else), and also SpongeBob, to name a few.

I don't feel that people should rally "moral hammers" at Ice King's kidnappings (I mean, it's obviously a 'wrong' thing to do, but it seems part of playing up the whole princess/hero/rescue trope or whatever), but the Lady Rainicorn thing was just overboard. I even saw people calling Jake a "hypocrite" for telling Finn not to go to Tier 15 and then doing it himself. Finn is 14, Jake is a 28-year-old talking dog with shapeshifting abilities. What is even the logic in that.
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WiredandGaming Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly, Dumbo's was a little terrifying. I didn't think alcohol made you hallucinate pachyderms to Sun Ra songs. I assumed it just made everything seem ridiculously funny.

No, I don't feel there should be moral hammers, but I find it funny how they pick and choose things. They nitpick and look for something to get mad about.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Oh, god, definitely. People are selective as hell when it comes to that stuff. some things can easily turn into What Was Missing all over again
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SaraaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that last "UH OH" comment is directed at Adventure Time for Lady Rainicorn getting pregnant. That caught me off guard the first time the internet exploded about it, but I didn't stop to think how many "THOUGHT THIS WAS KID'S SHOW" reactions it was getting. Jesus, it's not like there was in-your-face innuendo about it everywhere.

...I'm supposing the tripping out statement is for Mabel and Gravity Falls? :lol:
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
The "tripping out" statement -could- be applied to GF, but GF actually isn't the first or only case either. I think another current show, Regular Show, had something similar, and I know SpongeBob had a moment towards the beginning in the animated film.
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SaraaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that you mention it, I'm not surprised that someone believed Regular Show had something to do with drugs. (Then again, the very first short the creator of it made had to do with putting weed in brownies, so they may not be too far off.) It's still not the worst thing yet, however. I assume you've been hearing a lot of the "KIDS SHOW" comments lately?
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Sure, I've heard them lately, but it's def not the first time I've heard them. After a while, I just get weary of hearing them expressed again and again for trivial things lol. However, I think AT is probably one of the more recently known cases that people pick up on faster.
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Agreed. Also, "OH NO A GENERIC VILLAIN WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH HIS GENERIC ARMY OF DARKNESS I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW" has to be one of my favorite quotes from you, ever.
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Dude, I am serious. I HAVE seen people actually comment on things like that for real, no joke.
And thank u.
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Oh gawd. I'm terribly sorry for that. And you're welcome :lol:
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