Think of the Children

Dec 3, 2022 • Wikireadia

“Think of the children” (also “What about the children?”) is a cliché that evolved into a rhetorical tactic. It is a plea for pity that is used as an appeal to emotion, and therefore it may become a logical fallacy. The phrase was popularized as a satiric reference on the animated television program The Simpsons in 1996, when character Helen Lovejoy pleaded variations of “Will someone please think of the children?” multiple times during a contentious debate by citizens of the fictional town of Springfield.

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