Over the weekend, many NFL fans were shocked to see an incredibly frightening and evil-looking trailer for "The Exorcist: Believer" that played during the games. Is anything on TV family friendly anymore, Glenn asks? Because plenty of young children saw this ad while watching the games with their families. Glenn and Stu discuss how innocence has more or less disappeared from the entertainment world. Before, we had Disney and sports. But now, is there anything left that parents can let their kids watch without needing to monitor every second of it?
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STU: Oh, now it's starting to sound interesting. I will say, can I -- on the horror movie thing. You said you watched some football this weekend. Watched some of the Chiefs. Jaguar's game. Is that what you did, at some point?
GLENN: No. But my son talked to me about it.
STU: You didn't actually watch it. But you listened to your son.
A lot of these -- I don't know. I have kids right in that age of -- you know, they don't watch.
I don't have them watching all sorts of horror movies. Or, you know, like -- keeping them pretty much away from that. And people are saying, hey. You're keeping your kid in a bubble.
Look at this world. I want this bubble to be thicker. That's what I want.
GLENN: It's not a bubble. It's more of an actual wall.
STU: Yes. I built the wall.
I'm doing it as long as possible. My belief is, I remember this growing up.
And as you get older, you have plenty of time to do all the really bad things that the world offers.
GLENN: Oh, no, there's nobody there to nag you or stop you.
STU: No. You can do whatever you want.
So he will have plenty of time. My daughter will have plenty of time to do all the terrible things that the world offers. But for right now, I would like to keep them away from that.
And they're still young enough, in which, they're watching a horror movie.
They can get stared. I don't know what time --
GLENN: Sure. Twenty-four and 21.
STU: But like, seriously, I don't know. I remember moments from my childhood.
It seemed like moments from a Stephen King movie, and being terrified for weeks.
GLENN: Oh -- oh, I know what you're going to talk about.
STU: You do?
GLENN: Yes! Because I watched the Cowboys game.
STU: Yeah, right!
But they are running an advertisement for some exorcist sequel in the middle of these games.
GLENN: That looks scary as heck.
STU: That looks freaking terrifying. And like, as a dad, who knows, who will be the guy getting up in the middle of the night, if my kids are terrified about this.
Can you make it? I don't know, 80 percent less terrifying?
There's just like --
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. I saw it. I saw it.
I saw it like every commercial break.
STU: Yeah. Yeah.
GLENN: And I'm watching. What is happening? What is happening?
I thought, at first, because I was only half watching.
I thought this has to be a parody of something.
STU: Because you've seen Exorcist in such a -- it's been done so many times.
GLENN: Right. Everyone is like, no.
Hold on. I mean, I remember the exorcist.
I remember. I've been -- I never saw it. I -- you know, after I -- you know, after I moved out of my parent's house. Then I saw a little bit of it. But I never watched the whole thing.
I watched 15 minutes. And I'm like, I cannot watch this movie.
My sister went. She snuck out of the husband.
She was 16. She snuck out with her friends. Because this isn't the time when everyone was vomiting in the theaters and everything else. And she's like, I've got to see this. Then she comes at night. And she's too afraid to sleep in her own bed. So I have bunk beds. She sleeps in the bottom bunks for like a month. And every night, she tells me about it. And I'm like, I -- I'm like seven.
Mom, I'm afraid. What are you afraid of?
Demons. Why are you afraid of demons?
Not because they went to the exorcist, and told me all about it.
STU: You're the big brother, I can see.
Really, it's terrifying.
STU: Especially because we live in a world, in which basically the only thing you can safely allow your kids to watch are sports.
Like, everything else is terrible.
The Disney Channel has become terrible.
STU: Right? For your kids.
So you can put them in front of sports, mostly.
And most of the time, it's okay. And then -- but then occasionally, there will be a commercial, in which the devil's hand comes out of the screen. And grasps their throat. That's all.
And it's like, can you -- I don't know. Sentiment.
GLENN: There used to be an unwritten rule. First, I think it was an unwritten rule.
Then it was a written rule. The family hour. When the family is watching something together, can we make it something the family can watch together?
STU: Yeah. Yeah.
Now, again, if you're up in the fourth quarter. And it's 11 o'clock at night on a Sunday night game, Monday night game.
You know, I understand, you might have different rules there. But the NFL, how much money did they make?
How -- I mean, billions and billions and billions of dollars.
The networks all of the top-rated shows for the entire year, are NFL games.
GLENN: Do you expect us -- do you expect us to turn down money?
STU: Yes! No. I am not even asking you to have a standard.
GLENN: I'm willing to pay. What, my politics aren't good enough for you?
STU: Just take the money to somebody else. Take it from some other -- put cigarettes back on television.
GLENN: Oh, they're so much better than I am.
Wait. Do you even have a Satan button over there, do you?
GLENN: No. I don't know what are you're talking about.
STU: So that's all we're asking.
GLENN: Just don't scare the crap out of the children.
Quite honestly, and me.
I could see that face, in my head right now.
I don't want to see that face. I don't want to see that face. My gosh, Sara, look, think of that face.
Now look at Stu. Very similar.
STU: Very similar. Yes.
GLENN: And may I just say, you should brush your teeth occasionally.
STU: Occasionally. I think that big fluoride is already in the water.
GLENN: Toothbrushes are evil.