The Pokemon/Harry Potter thread made me think a little bit about this. What were the major cultural controversies (books, movies, television shows, music) when you were growing up, that you specifically remember? We have a wide range of ages on the board, so if a lot of people respond, it will be fun to see what the bugaboos were during that era. There are probably a ton of them!
And no listing a controversial movie that was released when you were four.
Most people tend to exaggerate their knowledge of certain eras. Let's go with when you were anywhere from 7 to 15 or so.
I can only recall a few right now from the mid to late '90s.
Power Rangers -- I went to Catholic school and we were eventually banned from playing Power Rangers on the play ground. I was always Trini because I am Asian.
(I wanted to be Kimberly SO BADLY, though. But I was never the pretty white girl.)
Aqua's "Barbie Girl." -- I guess it was the racy lyrics in the song that got the parents up-in-arms where I lived. But we sang it and watched the video regardless.
Magic Cards -- I was a bit older when this happened, around 11 or so, but this caused a lot of hand-wringing at my school. The guys would play it constantly, and the teachers eventually confiscated all of their cards.
Archie Comic books -- this is very localized, but it became the fad one year to bring them into class. The students would sneak them into their desks and the teachers would just walk around and take them. I don't remember why these particular comic books stirred up so much trouble.
Tamagotchi -- enough said. Our parents worried that we were worrying over stupid beeping electronic toys, and we had them taken away from us when we decided to feed our babies during phonics class. Random beeping in the middle of exams was hilarious.