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Automatonophobic mother fears daughter might buy a Muppet toy

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Bliffenstimmers, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if this is really worth posting, but here it is anyway...
    The link, of course, has some other details.
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, for the last several years it hasn't been that easy to find a Kermit toy in stores, though it was a bit more common when The Muppets came out (and hopefully for us there'll be more when Muppets Most Wanted comes out - or maybe she'll get her wish and there once again won't be much tie-in merchandise). Since 2004 it seems most Muppet toys have been available online or as exclusives at places like The Disney Store. She can just avoid those and stores that sell used toys. And it seems there's not many Fraggle Rock toys these days (even though there had been quite a few in the past decade). So she really only has to worry about Sesame Street toys.
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  3. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Well-Known Member

    I've seen a few halloween Kermits and Fozzies in Target, if that counts... but yes, the Sesame Street toys are more common. That's besides the point, though. Either way, this mother's scared of puppets, and somehow it's in the news.
  4. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    So let me get this straight...this lady's not afraid of ALL puppets. She's only afraid of the Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. Well, if only she knew about the SNL Gorch puppets, the Dark Crystal characters, or the Muppet Treasure Island pirates, all of whom are a great deal more scary-looking. Imagine what would happen to her THEN! :scary:
    I wonder if she is able to listen to Muppet music/records, since there are no visuals involved with that? I also wonder if there is a cure for this phobia, even though it traces a long way back into this woman's life. Perhaps repeated exposure might work... (whips out Seasons 1-3 of the Muppet Show and the SS Old School DVDs)
  5. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    This person should probably refrain from entering my room.
  6. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Well, if she ever visits your house, have a camera ready. I feel sorry for the poor woman, but seeing an adult screaming at a puppet would have me in hysterics!

    Seriously though, I do feel sorry for her. That must suck!
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  7. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Heaven help her if she walks through my front door to see this:

  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Is it alright to be offended by this?

    Fears are often irrational and if they aren't, it's some big deep seated trauma. I'm afraid of weird things. But this really gets under my skin. No, this isn't some creepy looking ventriloquist doll, it's not Chuckie, it's not some weird overly European looking Punch and Judy crap... it's the freaking Muppets. The Muppets! Where even the crazy, bomb and explosion obsessed creepy looking guy is outright adorable and hilarious. If they came to life, the furthest thing from their mind would be to kill you. Entertain you and force you to have a good time, yes. Jim and co created these guys to spread happiness and love. To be afraid of that is offensive to me. it's worse than the "I grew out of them before I was born" stuff. If the daughter wants to buy a freaking Kermit, get the heck over it. It's not a rubber spider, it's not a Skeletor figure (classic of 4 Horseman edition)... it's not even one of those nihilistic MacFarline statues from a decade ago. It's a smiling puppet frog.
  9. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    AAH! The horror! :scary:
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Why not? I'm pretending to be offended by McDonald's and pretending to boycott them for that Mighty Wings commercial of theirs where one of the players blurts out, "I HATE PUPPETS!" to show how overly sensitive people are today where ONE insignificant little joke "offends" them, and suddenly, the entire corporation behind it is "un-P.C." and needs to be boycotted. :p

    But I digress... in some small way, I can KIND of understand the fear this kid has... now granted, puppets don't scare me, obviously, HOWEVER, as a kid, there was something about generic, store-bought, stock pupppets (like those usually used for youth ministries, or school assemblies and such) that kind of unnerved me.

    I mean, just LOOK at these things:
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  11. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    This conversation is like, deja vu. ;)
  12. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Actually she should encourage her daughter to buy a Kermit doll. Exposure is a good way to conquer a phobia.
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  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Come on. Kermit couldn't hurt a fly....

    ...oh wait....

    Those basement budget Christian puppet shows are creepy all over. They're hamfisted and completely misguided in their message. A Far cry from Veggietales and 321 Penguins. There's also that terrible ventriloquist who's talking to his dummy about "dirty pictures" that... well.. let's just say he was looking at filthy pictures in real life that makes the sketch even more unnerving (as much of a Senor Cardgage vibe he already has). Then there's that Peppermint Park nonsense. That's frightening on to many levels (especially since some of the "kids" are puppets of ugly old men). THAT stuff I get. Even the original season 1 Sesame Street AM's with their dead eyes and unrefined eye placements are kinda unnerving. Heck, Skeksis are creepy (much as I freakin' love those guys).
  14. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    That is freakin' hilarious.
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  15. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    But look: technically, she associated the Muppets with that horribly ill old woman in the shop who was probably taking her last breaths right before the subject's eyes. Once you associate something with a traumatic experience, those two will always be tied together in some way, shape, or form. It's hard to get over something as unnerving as that, especially when the subject was only five years old. So as much as I respect your thoughts, I'm not exactly agreeing with you on this point. It's something she can't control, and didn't know how to control at that age.

    Again, in my opinion, the method of flooding is a pretty good idea. Force her to watch Muppet Treasure Island or something like that. Or Seasons 1-3 of the Muppet Show. ALL 12 DVDs. There is no known cure, but that just might work.
  16. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    What I'm more baffled at is the selfishness of the mother's part. If your fear is that crippling, why not seek help? To fear that her daughter will pick a kermit doll and her not being able to live in the house....I don't understand this logic. Yes, phobias can be serious, but they are curable with help. And this lady needs help curing it.
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  17. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    She definitely should get counseling, but she's not selfish. As you said these mental blocks can be pretty crippling and often sabotage your good intentions..
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Whoops, I misread the whole thing; I thought it was the daughter who had automatonophobia and her mother was concerned about it, not the mother herself who has it.
  19. WereFox

    WereFox Well-Known Member

    What about...fear of animatronics? :laugh:
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  20. WereFox

    WereFox Well-Known Member

    She be terrified.

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