Can’t Watch This

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

I can’t remember exactly the last time I closed my eyes because 1. I avoid truly scary movies like the plague, and 2. cringe-worthy things are fascinating; no matter how gruesome or disgusting something is, the more my eyes are peeled open. Why else would I love shows like Dexter, Bones, and Castle? I promise I’m not crazy.

The last time I really remember closing my eyes was when I was watching Star Wars: Episode II with my family. I was maybe seven or eight at the time, and my brother around five or six. At the part where Anakin and Padme kiss for the first time, my little brother and I did what we always did at a scene we deemed “too inappropriate” for our innocent eyes: we covered each other’s faces and giggled the whole way through.

I guess the main reason I find this story funny is because that kiss is so kid-friendly compared to what goes on in TV shows and movies nowadays. You could say my brother and I had sheltered childhoods, but boy am I glad I never ran into something like Dexter way back then. I’m also glad Star Wars: Episode III came out when it did, because I don’t think my eight-year-old self would’ve been able to handle that scene when Anakin is crawling out of the lava. Ten-year-old Siena could handle it though. No need to cover my eyes that time.

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