Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Am I the only person...

...who isn't amused by this rather horrible trick (played by US parents on their children as a kind of challenge)? I think it's very cruel. Does anyone else agree? Or have I just  lost my sense of humour (Christmas sometimes has this effect)?

(Nothing to do with Christmas, I know, but I was speaking to someone who told me about it.)

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  1. You are right, Frances, it was a nasty, cruel thing to do. But I love the little guy who said, "You must have a bellyache."
    – Kay (Alberta, Canada)

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  2. I'm not sure which is crueller - to deprive them of their candy, or to make them so dependent on it in the first place. I think the latter.

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    1. I'm not sure they were all dependent, Tim. My kids weren't spoilt, and only had sweets once a week, but kids live in the moment, and mone would have been very upset if their weekly treat had been sabotaged! (Tat should have been "mine", but this device won't let le make corrections...)

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  3. It's a weird society that provokes tantrums and bad behaviors and feels it's justified and interesting to get it on film. I don't much like the children, or the parents:(

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    1. I just wonder how the parents would have felt if the kids had pulled a stunt on them, like pretending to drown? And filmed it, and played it to an audience...?

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  4. I am happy I live in the UK. It may bee far from perfect but at least we don't have to suffer this rubbish.

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  5. To me this just demonstrates what eating loads of sugar does to people; deprive them and they become monsters.

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    1. I agree, but think there's a bit more to this, as I said in my reply to Tim.

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  6. It is not funny. Not at all. And that's really laughter I can hear in the background from the audience, isn't it?
    And it's not about the candy or being sugarholics or anything. It is about taking something away the child justly believed to be his or her own.

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    1. Exactly, Meike. Ad then exhibiting their disappointment for entertainment. Horrible.

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  7. I think it is wrong in so many ways.I couldn't watch more than a couple of minutes. Spoilt kids with too much " sugar", and parents who cannot be trusted by their children anymore. I am not a fan of " trick or treat" either..nasty US import!

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    1. I agree about trick or treat, Frances. It's creepy.

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  8. I detest everything about this - have never liked people playing tricks on others and it's even worse when it's against children! But then, I don't have that sense of humour.

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    1. And making entertainment out of it, Rosemary. Just plain unkind.

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  9. We might have teased them about it and ate a few pieces but no tricks or cruelty. People are strange, as my once favorite singer once sang.

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  11. Very cruel. I hate teasing. Isn't it bullying in the weirdest way? Most of their reactions showed how spoiled they are even though it was still cruel. I loved the children who said it didn't matter. Obviously more well adjusted children.

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    1. Just plain nasty, I think. Btw, I loved your drawing on FB! You really should start up your blog again.

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    2. Thanks Frances. I looked for you on FB but couldn't find you. Think I need one of the kids to help me start up my blog again. Once you cancel google it doesn't seem to want to let you back in!

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    3. I'm Frances Stott on Facebook, but very rarely put anything on it.

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  12. Can't see anything funny about that.

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    1. I think we're all on the same side, Patsy.

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  13. I think, as you said, we are all broadly agreed on this one Frances. The trickery is stupid. The ways it's been used is despicable (I wonder how many of the children were asked if they wished their parents to show them on YouTube in this way). The children (so far as I went although Maggie May's comment indicated they were not all like this) demonstrated a degree of crassness beyond belief ( except the youngster who calmly said that "You must have bellyache" and appeared to be the most well-adjusted person in the part of the video I saw.

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    1. I think the worst thing about this is the exploitation of their children's very genuine distress by parents who just wanted a bit of publicity. Thanks for the comment, Graham.

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  14. Extraordinary thing to do to one's child ... anyone's child !

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