Every time I walk into my doctor’s waiting room, I see a television with Tom & Jerry cartoons playing. And it always makes me a little uncomfortable.
I watched Tom & Jerry as a kid, and I’ve never dropped an anvil on someone’s head. Nor have I set a cat’s tail on fire or strung up a mouse in a window blind. But I was never a huge fan.
And here is, I think, why. At the core of these cartoons is violence. OTT, ultimately fake, violence, but still violence. And why would I want to watch what is effectively torture in my free time? I can, but why would I?
I can’t say yet that I’ll totally ban Tom & Jerry from my house as BabyBoy and BabyGirl get older. But I’ll certainly not be encouraging it.