I grew up on a lot of weird and random movies/TV shows. They range from action to horror. Musicals to raunchy comedies. My film and TV show tastes were all over the place as a child.
Not every movie and TV show I watched in my youth has aged well, though. So, I compiled a list of moments from my favorite things growing up that don't really feel appropriate (and some that are just flat-out awful):
Warning: This post contains discussion of rape, sexual assault, racism, and ableism.
1.Nute Gunray's accent in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is extra bad when you learn who voices him.
2.Saturday Night Live making light of Boy Scouts being sexually assaulted in the "Canteen Boy" sketch is really tasteless.
3.The jokes Borat directed at Kazakhstan take the film from satire into stereotyping.
4.The "just boys being boys" tropes in Grease make anything beyond the songs almost unwatchable.
The bullying of Gene and Patty. The treatment of the Pink Ladies. Kenickie pulling up Patty's dress as a "comedic" bit. I could go on and on. The movie itself idolizes the T-Birds, who, come on, are really just a bunch of degenerates.
The FBI should figure out which kids mooned everyone at the dance any day now, lol.
5.The love story in Big gets worse the more I think about it.
6.The brother, Warren, from There's Something About Mary is literally just a comedic punchline to make fun of people with disabilities.
7.The "manly love" bathroom scene in Dumb & Dumber is a double dip of terrible humor.
8.The "grotesque" dinner table in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom enforces biases against Indian food.
9.The way Libyans are showcased as bloodthirsty terrorists in Back to the Future just feels wrong.
10.The twist in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is so inappropriate, that it basically ruins what is a hilarious movie.
11.The depiction of the African tribes in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls are, shall we say, pretty offensive.
12.Even though Scare Tactics is scripted, it's totally mean-spirited and led to a wave of invasive "prank humor."
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I love horror, so growing up I obviously enjoyed every second of the prank show Scare Tactics. That being said, I think it became so popular that viewers thought overly-mean pranks were the way to go. In YouTube's early days, you saw prank accounts get huge using that same mean humor. The show itself was mostly scripted, which means even the "victims" were in on it. So, yes, the clips themselves are still hilarious, but the type of mean humor that trickled down from it is not my cup-o-tea.
13.In one episode of King of Queens, Doug likes his wife Carrie better drunk, so he introduces cocktail night...daily.
14.In a temporarily banned Seinfeld episode, Kramer stomps on the Puerto Rican flag as a visual gag.
15.Shallow Hal tries to say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" while leaning on every fat joke in the book.
16.Rush Hour 2 can be kinda cringy overall, but Jeremy Piven stands out.
17.The depiction of the singing crows in Dumbo are a little...nah, let's say very racist.
18.MXC on Spike TV dubbed Takeshi's Castle with all kinds of inappropriate commentary.
19.It's A Wonderful Life ends with a twist about Mary that is somewhat hilarious now (but, of course, outdated).
20.The way A Christmas Story plays Chinese restaurant workers' accents for laughs is wrong.
Are there any moments from shows or movies you watched growing up that now make you cringe? Do you disagree with any on this list? Comment below!
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