Sunday, November 09, 2008

Christian Martyrs Sold Seperately?

OK, here's a new low in children's toys: the Playmobil Roman Arena. Yes, it includes lions. Exactly how lacking in knowledge of history does one have to be to recall that Christians were routinely cast into the arena where they could do battle with lions for the entertainment of the masses? Though there are only armored people (plus the Emperor or herald at the top) and the lion pictured, I can't help wondering if there is a nice accessory kit complete with unarmed or lightly armed Christian martyrs just for entertainment's sake. Sheesh...

4 comments:

The Vagabond Priest said...

Hi there. Not sure how I happened across your blog, but interesting to see. I'm a Gen Xer myself. Of course, I work in emergency services (chaplain) so I have a very twisted sense of humor. There's a crazy part of me that would find this to be an interesting addition to my "Tacky Jesus" collection. Unfortunately, it'll have to wait- I'm holding out for the action figure Jesus that features a spring-loaded cross that sends our Savior leaping off the hard plastic into um... resurrected life. :-) Not kidding- I saw it on eBay!

On a serious note, I'm sure that the toy manufacturers were going for a "Gladiator" vibe based on the popular movies/HBO. I wouldn't know. I haven't had cable in two years.

writing_here said...

Imagine if they'd done the late 1930's Germany or the Deep American South in the 1920's (the heyday of white people walking around in hooded white robes)? Target stores would already be surrounded with protesters!

Somebody somewhere needs some serious historical cultural education. The Romans were not the nicest people, what with allowing slavery and persecuting/executing people for their religious and/or political beliefs and all.

FIXED BAYONET METAL SOLDIERS said...

both the writer and the answerers are full of crap. its like your saying kids cant play with historical toys , what a bore.what a whimp. what pseudo intellectuality, get lives

Tom Sramek, Jr. said...

My point isn't that kids can't play with "historical toys", just that it seems more than a mite tastless to make a toy that celebrates a means of persecution and death.

BTW, your method of expression is not calculated to win friends. :-)