So what do you think about it?
A young child might have trouble understanding the mature humor.
A young child might not fully understand that certain language isn't always appropriate, and get in trouble at school or at a friend's house.
Some young children (like a cousin of mine) are traumatized by mild conflict or violence, even in Disney movies designed for them; South Park would give such children nightmares.
This all applies to young children, in the single digits age-wise. Once a kid is close to entering middle school, I think it would be fine... Perhaps as young as eight or as old as twelve, but that would depend on the child.
That's why there's ratings.
skurtz wrote:nwt000 wrote:Get your trolling ass out of here!
I'm more friendlier drinking some espresso.
Zazaban wrote:Depends on the kid, depends on the episode. But by the age of twelve it's probably futile trying to stop them if they want to see it, and they probably know all the 'bad' stuff already anyway.
I think so too.
In my opinion I think it's wrong to tell children not to curse or to be careful not offend anyone. Idk, I don't want kids myself in the future, but if I did have them this is the first thing I'd show them instead of the bs kid stuff that's out there rotting their brains.
However, you get to the episodes that are either incredibly dementedly violent or involve a lot of sexual functions that just isn't really what kids need to know at a young age. I don't want to have to explain urban dictionary terms for crude sex jokes to a pre-teen. They can look that up when their curiosity and hormones drive them toward legitimately caring.
And then there is the reality that I doubt a young child of this era would really get the point of many of the episodes. The themes behind the poop and fart humor is often far more complex than anything a child will comprehend. And then there is the abundance of pop culture references that will fly over the heads of anybody who cannot remember the era in which the episode is made. Would a kid really get why their portrayal of Barbra Streisand is hilarious much less who she or Robert Smith is? Rosie O'Donell? Jokes about old 90s internet memes getting paid in the fictional internet economy? I'd have to keep explaining the jokes they would have no hope of getting and if you have to explain the joke, it's ruined.
It's like someone watching the original Muppets show. It's awesome, but even with me in my early 30s, a good number of the guests are well before my time. My hubby in his late 30s fares a bit better because he can remember the 70s to some degree. If I try to watch that show with someone several years younger than me though, the writing seems entirely dated and while certain humorous aspects hold up well, the culture references is entirely foreign to them.
Yeah, like it or not, one day South Park is going to be old fashioned humor that old folks watch as they grouse about the talentless hacks currently writing for shows.
But again, only in a perfect world.
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Sharon: What is it honey? (gasp!) My baby's killed again!
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But Woodland Critter Christmas... Best not to let your kid see that one.
(ugly)Bob wrote:yes. but only when they know its wrong to rip on people and shove gerbils up their arses.
One of my uncles is a big South Park fan and he has two boys that are now out of high school. His policy regarding his kids was an outright prohibition until they were in high school. Then he let 'em watch some of the tamer episodes and kind of eased them into the South Park universe. So by the time they were graduating, my cousins were watching new episodes with their dad and are fans of the show.
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