incest is gross. I am confident that I’m not alone in that feeling. I don’t remember the first time I’d ever heard of incest- I mean really, it’s a topic that should never come up since incest should be a dead concept because, again, it’s gross. However, I do remember the first time I ever heard of inbreeding. Not only is incest gross but it can result in inbreeding, which is just bad for a plethora of reasons. The children can look funny, have genetic defects, diseases or disabilities and a whole host of other problems. But it really all came into focus for me when I saw exactly what was wrong with inbreeding first hand.
My whole life I wanted a dog. My siblings and I pulled the classic- the only present I want for Christmas/my birthday/Earth Day is a puppy. So finally my parents caved and got us one of the cutest dogs I had ever seen in my life. Unfortunately, after about two days we realized we had welcomed el diablo into our home. I never saw the movie The Orphan, but I feel like it had to be a similar premise. My family determined that the dog who bit, pooped and growled every second of the day and gave my mom a nervous eye twitch was most likely a product of inbreeding. Really, our first clue should have been when we picked up the dog from the breeder and the husband came to the door wearing overalls and no shirt. But how could we say no to a face like this?
So after that scarring life event around the age of 12, I thought to myself, as if incest wasn’t gross and weird enough, I have now seen the best example via inbreeding to officially determine that it is totally screwed up.
Then I started watching Game of Thrones and found out I was wrong. Not about inbreeding, I’m still confident that I am entirely opposed to it, but that the prime example in my life NOT to inbreed turned out not to be my devil dog, but that little bastard (literally) Joffrey Baratheon. First of all, how insulted are you as an actor if you win the role of the inbred psychopath? It was decided that yes, you are so weird looking that just at first glance it seems like yeah, that kid might be inbred. And honestly, that actor is strange looking. Ouch. But beyond his looks, because remember looks aren’t everything, he is one of the most terrifying and disturbing characters on TV. I think the scene with the prostitutes will be something that haunts me forever, and there is no sarcasm in that statement. It was so uncomfortable that I had to fast forward. So heads up to anyone who hasn’t seen that episode 3 of season 2 yet, it’s sick. I can’t wait for the day when someone kicks that kids ass. My money’s on the hound.
So bottom line, if anyone ever tries to suggest to you that incest is any way, shape or form acceptable, all you need to do is make them watch Game of Thrones and they will immediately revoke that statement. And also forever fear that winter is coming.