Parent Alert:New Children's Movie ParaNorman Introduces Children to Homosexuality
Posted Aug 31 2012 7:53pm
I haven't even heard of this movie until today. I'm glad I came across this post so that we can be prepared what to expect and what to avoid as far as new children's movies. While we have had to deal with the issue of homosexuality and 'two dads' recently, I would rather limit the exposure my kids have to this lifestyle if I can help it. While I won't be able to shield them forever, I'd rather raise them in as innocent of an environment as possible according to our Christian beliefs. I don't need my kids exposed to anymore than they already have been at such a young age. Have you had to deal with this topic with your children? At what age and how have you dealt with it?
Parents who take children to the new movie ParaNorman might have to answer unwanted questions about sex.
ParaNorman centers around an 11-year-old outcast Norman who sees ghosts everywhere and must stop the dead from rising. (This is related to a witch’s curse put on his hometown hundreds of years ago, making him the only person to save his town.)Zombies, ghosts, witches… how can a parent go wrong?
There are reportedly two scenes parents need to know about. In one scene, the dad asks his son what he’s watching. Norman responds, “sex and violence.” These irritating one-line remarks frequently pop up in kids’ animated movies, a wink-wink from the producers to the invariably bored parents. Normally, kids don’t notice them and parents get a chuckle.
However, the second scene involves one of the subplots. Norman’s sister has a crush on a kid she tries desperately to impress throughout the movie. After she fails to turn his head, she finally asks him out.
“Sure,” he responds. “You’re gonna love my boyfriend. He’s like a total chick-flick nut.”
My friend saw the film in a “red state” and she reported that “you could hear the gasps in the theatre from parents” at the unexpected line. “I should have known something was up when the theatre manager made a huge disclaimer and offered refunds if we did not like the movie,” she wrote.
This line might not raise parental eyebrows in larger cities, but I thought I’d let parents know about this sexual orientation “reveal” at the end in case you want to avoid these types of conversations in the car on the way home.