We all know the GB like to impose rules upon the rules... but did anyone else out there have parents that implemented rules upon those rules? Mine did. My mum tended to copy whatever the elders wives were doing and took it to the extreme. Therefore, i missed the following things from my childhood:
Ghostbusters - because it'll bring demons into your home
Rock music - because, apparently, one kid listened to a Marilyn Manson song and killed himself. Nothing was said of this persons mental state before listening to Marilyn Manson and the fact the millions of his fans haven't killed themselves. Not to mention the people who've killed themselves or others after reading the bible.
Michael Jackson - because he did the Thriller video
The X Files - because they investigate the paranormal? Or so i was told.
Grange Hill - (a childrens TV series here in the UK in the 80s/90s) because my mum said the kids were "cheeky"
Playing outside - because it'll "encourage gangs"
Playing out after school with my schoolfriends - because they dont worship Jehovah
Playing Goldeneye on N64 - because it's the same as murder (???)
"Violent" computer games - same as above
Star Wars - because it has the word "wars" in the title. I've still never seen Star Wars.
After school clubs - because i'll be mixing with non JW kids (like i do every day anyway?)
The internet - because it's full of "information". Seriously, that was their reason.
Watching WWF/WWE wresting - because it's violent
Reading any other religious book - because it'll bring demons into the house (how convenient)
The Beatles music - but only from the years 1966-1968 (?!?!)
The following bands were definately banned - Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, KISS, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Black Sabbath
Elton John was a grey area... my mum liked his music. My dad said "i would like his music if he wasn't gay"... (the hell does that even mean). It didn't help when i was 6 and the CO was at our house for dinner and asked what i wanted to be when i was older and i said "i want to be Elton John".