Lydia and Beetlejuice are friends.
That’s right, because Lydia and Beetlejuice are friends. In other words, I don’t think a little girl hanging out with a grown (if dead) man would sit well with a lot of paranoid American (emphasis on the “American”; in America parents love to blame TV, as we know) parents who are afraid of their daughters meeting dirty old men over the Internet for sex. I could easily see a network turning the show down for that reason. Cover their ass kind of thing.
Now let’s assume somehow that relationship was allowed to happen. I am willing to bet you that Beetlejuice would not be allowed to call Lydia “Babes.” Again, the Internet pedophile (or in this case, hebophile, since Lydia is an adolescent and not a pre-pubescent child) panic. Ever notice, too, how so many things are said in that show that could be easily twisted around? Beetlejuice, for example, tries in at least 2 episodes to get Lydia to cut school to hang out with him (and he brags in one episode that he cut school all the time as a kid—sometimes into little pieces!). He also said in one episode that he can’t live without her. And in another episode, she says, “I could kiss you!” and he leans forward in anticipation (brandishing beetles between his teeth). And I could make an even longer list, but I’m sure you fans know all of them.
So what do you guys think? Would the show be allowed to be made today? Would Lydia have to become a boy (we irrationally associate pedophiles/hebophiles as men preying on girls, never on boys, or never women preying on children)? If Lydia didn’t have to become a boy, would she still be affectionately called “Babes?”
What do you guys think? Personally, I think that it would not be made. All of these things would make the suits uneasy.