Parent Lets Child Take ‘Stranger Things’ Merchandise to Criticized Christian School
A parent has been slammed for allowing his daughter to take a Hellfire Club-branded water bottle from stranger things to a religious school.
The parent sought advice on UK-based internet forum Mumsnet, under the username flightofthesevenmillionbumblebees, as they explained their 10-year-old had bought himself merchandise inspired by the hit Netflix show.
They wrote: “Dd (10) likes stranger things and this w/e bought himself a bottle of Hellfire Club water. She goes to a Christian school. The bottle says Hellfire Club and has an image of the devil’s head (like in the program).
“Aibu [Am I being unreasonable?] to let her use that water bottle as her school water bottle? ? We are not a religious family and I personally think this is just something out of a TV program (not in any way about devil worship or anything actually devil or religion related – in these circumstances, I might consider it insulting to Christians), and it’s really no different for her to take a bottle of water which is Harry Potter thematic or star wars etc.”
They explained a few weeks ago that their daughter had drawn Satan in class, which a teacher criticized, saying “it was not appropriate to draw a devil in a Christian school”.
“I personally don’t see anything wrong with her having that water bottle (or the game!) and I’m happy to let her have it tomorrow.
“But if her teacher tells her she can’t have it, then I’ll discuss it with the teacher or should I just give up and tell dd she can’t take it?” they asked.
The post has garnered nearly 150 responses since it was shared on Sunday.
People wondered if a 10-year-old should watch the show. For example, Dudsville wrote, “That seems like a potentially offensive thing to do.”
Sirzy said: “Why would you let her take something that you know would cause problems because it goes against the values of the school. It’s a good opportunity to discuss with her the different beliefs of the others.”
Bussty pointed out, “It doesn’t really matter whether you’re religious or not. You’re religious enough to send your child to a religious school. If you want to use a religious space, you have to respect their beliefs and their religion. . The same way you expect people to respect your values back home. This is not an appropriate bottle.”
Winewolfhowls said:stranger things is absolutely not suitable for ten-year-olds, it’s really scary, not just horror, but general adult themes.”
Purpleforthewin replied, “Yabu. I’m a Christian and not offended by this, but I still don’t think it’s appropriate for a primary school lunch bottle.”
And change for the better3 felt: “If the teacher had a problem with the drawing, I imagine the same would apply to the water bottle. I would leave it at home, it’s not worth it for me or my dd.”
Hoppinggreen added: “I am not a Christian but you are very provocative. I also agree that your child should not watch stranger things.”
After receiving backlash, the parent sought to defend themselves, saying in the comments, “I guess, as I said in the op, that because the bottle is based on a Dungeons and Dragons club in a program , and not on a devil-worshipping cult or like, that should not be offensive to a Christian.
“Of course, that’s my point of view, so asking here was to hear other people’s because I’m of course aware that my point of view is not the only one that matters in the world.”
As the parent explained, the series’ Hellfire Club is based on the popular board game, Dungeons & Dragons.
The show’s latest season, which was recently released on the streaming site, appears to have prompted increased searches for the fantasy game, which was first released in 1974.
The game is a central theme for friends going to school in the 1980s in the series, with Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke), Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) , Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) using character names for the actual creatures they face.
Website FandomSpot.com analyzed data in the 90 days to July 4, covering the release of Season 4, and saw searches in the US for ‘Dungeons & Dragons Online’ jump 400%.
Similarly, searches for “Dungeons & Dragons character classes” have increased by 350% in the last 12 months, while the site claims that global searches for Dungeons & Dragons have increased by 35% since 2016, when the show started.
A fifth and final season of the award-winning show has been confirmed, with creators the Duffer Brothers stating: “Seven years ago we planned the full story arc for stranger things. At the time, we predicted that the story would last four to five seasons.
“It proved too important to be told in four, but, as you will soon see for yourselves, we are now racing towards our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season and Season 5 will be the last.”