My 9 year old daughter loves to watch old comedies on YouTube. I thought this was perfectly fine as the standards of decency were higher then and the stuff she watches is mostly silly and innocuous.

Or so I thought.

Friday night I was driving her to a Father/Daughter dance and we got to talking. She told me that she needed to do a report on an African American who changed history because February is black history month.

“Good,” I said, “Who did you choose? George Washington Carver? Rosa Parks? Martin Luther King Jr.?”

“No, none of those people. Other kids in my class are doing reports on them.”

“So who did you choose?”

” I chose Gary Coleman.”

“Gary Coleman?!?”

“Yes. He changed comedy forever!!”

“Changed comedy forever? Whatchu talkin’ about?”