Soccer Mom Brigade

June 28, 2011 by Noah
The latest US news is that California attempted to ban violent video games, and instead, video games are now protected under the First Amendment.

I love it when the law blows up in the face of the Soccer Mom Brigade.

"Soccer Mom Brigade?" It's a term I made up to describe the sort of person who complains about this sort of thing. Dumb people (usually overbearing parents who don't know anything but think they need to have an opinion about their kids' lives, hence, "soccer mom") find something--no, they seek out something to bitch about, and they write angry letters to whoever they need to in an attempt to get the thing banned for everybody.

If the target of the complaints doesn't ban it straight away, the soccer mom goes on a crusade, gathering up all the other soccer moms in the neighborhood and forms the Soccer Mom Brigade, where they become very loud, very obnoxious, and make their point heard across the country, usually getting the media involved. And then stupid stuff gets banned for stupid reasons.

Example I can think of offhand: the Pokémon episode "Tower of Terror" (where they visit the Ghost Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town), because the Soccer Mom Brigade thought their little 5-year-old would relate the title of the episode to the September 11 attacks. And they succeeded. Bullshit.



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