Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nerf guns? WON'T SOMEBODY *PLEASE* THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!

Farhad Manjoo at Slate brings an unbelievably angsty editorial about Nerf guns:

Over the past few weeks I’ve been playing with some of the new Nerf guns, and I’ve tied myself in knots thinking about whether ultrarealistic weapons are just harmless fun or whether they reveal something terribly wrong with modern American boyhood.

Holy hell, dude--unclench before you sprain something.

Given that previous generations of American boys were running around with BB guns and learning respect for and proficiency with real .22 rifles, I agree: the proliferation of "ultrarealistic weapons" made of bulby, primary-colored plastic that shoot bits of foam in a short arc does indeed reveal something terribly wrong with modern American boyhood.

3 comments:

  1. Why the @#)$)@(*#)$(@#)$(@#*))(@$*#*( Does someone named Farhan Manjoo get to lecture on what is or is not wrong with american boyhood?

    What's wrong with boyhood in most countries where people have names like Farhan Manjoo: you get regularly ass-raped by a tribal elder.

    SMH.

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  2. I'm not especially concerned with where somebody's DNA comes from; my heritage isn't Anglo-Saxon, either. Based on my name, you'd expect me to be a nanny-state pussy, too. But my ancestors adopted the character of the land they arrived in, and Farhad Manjoo evidently didn't.

    So I'm not going to judge every Manjoo by this callow excuse for a human. But this particular Manjoo? Obviously not much of an American.

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