Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Source of All Our Evils

Everyone has heard that violent video games, gangster rap, and pornography are the roots of all crime. Before the electronic era, morons were reduced to blaming comic books and jazz. Of course, to Professor Henry Hill it was pool. But the award for the most idiotic reason to blame for juvenile delinquency and crime in general has to go to Mrs. Sarah Trimmer.

Trimmer lived from 1741 to 1810 and crusaded against fairy tales. She especially hated Cinderella which she claimed encouraged "envy, jealousy, a dislike for mothers-in-law and half-sisters, vanity, [and] a love of dress." I'd bet she would be a huge fan of Tomb Raider.

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