We went to see Ice Age 2 recently. We'd really been looking forward to it since we all liked the original. It was a bit of a let down. The kids liked it, but they like anything. I won't give you a detailed review because what I really want to talk about it one teeny tiney bit of dialog.
It seems that Manny and Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifa) are the last mammonths on the face of the earth. You can imagine the direction that takes with implications of reproduction.
So, Manny is trying to charm Ellie and she is putting him off in complete Latifa style. Then there is a pause and one of the wiley possum brothers rolls his eyes and shouts out, "Pervert!" at Manny. It's not uttered under his breath or a side note in the action. It's right out there loud and clear for everyone to hear and ponder. Then Claire, who is almost 7, said to Jeff, "What's a pervert?"
I was so frustrated and disappointed and angry, really. Jeff told her a pervert is someone who does something weird. Which is a pretty good response on the spot in the middle of theater. But, of course, that's not really what a pervert is.
Here's a definition.
One who practices sexual perversion.
Ok, so what's perversion? Well, I guess that's your business in your own bedroom. But, I think we can all agree that procreation is not a perversion.
But, the point isn't even what the word means. It's that it's totally inappropriate content for children in an age where real perverts prey on children every day and our concept of sexuality is so twisted that 7 year olds are having birthday parties where they dress up as "rock stars" (or strippers...) and trot about in skimpy, glittery clothes.
Maybe that's a digression. I don't know. I'm just doing the best I can to raise my daughter to be well-rounded and informed, but "pervert?" I don't consider myself a prude and I'm certainly not a conservative, but I do wonder how the makers of this movie decided to go that direction.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who thought it was pretty misguided. Read this. Or this. Or this.