Hanna-Barbera shot first

Daphne BlakeSo this five-year-old boy wanted to go out on Halloween as Daphne from Scooby-Doo, and parts of hell — not “all hell,” fortunately — broke loose. “Inappropriate!” clucked various Moms. (For some reason, the local Dads weren’t heard from, or at least weren’t quoted.)

I find myself falling into the Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That camp, for the following reasons, and perhaps some others:

  • He’s already once portrayed the Scoobster, which suggests he’s well-versed (for a five-year-old, anyway) in the series canon.
  • Not everyone can aspire to Velmahood.
  • What’ll you bet he has his very own Mystery Machine?
  • If some girl dressed up as Shaggy or (God forbid) Fred, nobody would have said a word.

Besides, as his mom notes, the kid rocks that costume, especially the wig.


  1. Rob »

    4 November 2010 · 2:28 pm

    Psht. I’m outraged that he picked such a bad cartoon. Being “well-versed” in Hanna-Barbera is like animating a short-bus plunging off a bridge. Real 5 y/o chutzpa woulda been wanting to dress as Ranma 1/2.

  2. CGHill »

    4 November 2010 · 2:50 pm

    I think the scariest aspect of this is that I recognized the character without having to hit the link.

    A lot of Ranma in cosplay, but I don’t think it’s filtered down to the pre-K bunch yet.

  3. Nicole »

    4 November 2010 · 6:12 pm

    What a great mom! Poor kid. No one should have to face that kind of scorn over a costume. Or over anything that doesn’t hurt anyone else, come to that.

  4. CGHill »

    4 November 2010 · 8:29 pm

    This got Farked later in the day; right now they’re carrying over 13,000 comments, or about what I get in two years. :)

  5. Terry »

    4 November 2010 · 11:26 pm

    I really felt for the kid. If this was what he wanted to do, more power to him. But from the post it seemed to me that the mother set him up. He repeatedly told her he didn’t want to wear it because he’d get laughed at, and she kept pushing it. I ended up feeling it made her point rather than his.

  6. CGHill »

    4 November 2010 · 11:32 pm

    You can’t blame the youngster for having second thoughts. On the other hand, those farging costumes are expensive. (At least, that’s what I’d have been told had I been in this predicament at age five, quite apart from the cultural differences of the 1950s.)

  7. unimpressed »

    5 November 2010 · 8:12 am

    I borrowed a wig, bra and dress from my Mom some time around 1985 -and she helped with my makeup; lipstick, eyeshadow, lashes, etc.- for a party. It was one of the very few times I’ve been in public without a mustache since I could grow one. FWIW, NO ONE recognized me. I had a blast.

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