Young Forrest Gump and Mrs Gump were out shopping, and walked right by Benson's furniture and appliance store. They came across a TV set playing Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" song:

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Mrs Gump: This is not for children's eyes.

Why did Mrs Gump feel that Elvis Presley's Hound Dog was inappropriate for children?

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    Watching Forrest Gump, you need a decent grasp of American cultural changes & history in the latter part of the 20th century, otherwise you just won't understand any of the references. This covers some aspects of it, though not all - screenrant.com/… This covers some more - looper.com/1176100/…
    – Tetsujin
    May 27, 2023 at 8:31
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    She was just echoing what many parents felt at the time. His early TV appearances only showed him from above the waist, so viewers couldn't see his hips swaying provocatively.
    – Barmar
    May 27, 2023 at 14:50
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    This short clip answers the question, but I don't think I'd get away with posting this as an answer.
    – Ken Y-N
    May 29, 2023 at 5:23
  • I don't know that she thought about "Hound Dog" in particular. If she recognized "Hound Dog" as an Elivs Presley song and thought Presley was in general inappropriate for children, why would she waste time on a particular song?
    – emory
    May 29, 2023 at 13:07
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    Wasn't that song the one the nickname "Elvis the pelvis" came from?
    – WoJ
    May 29, 2023 at 16:25

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Some people thought it was too 'sexually explicit' at the time.

From Graceland

Today marks the day Elvis famously performed "Hound Dog" on "The Milton Berle Show" and stirred up quite a frenzy. On June 5, 1956, Elvis set his guitar to the side and performed what came to be known as one of the most controversial performances in television history. The provocative hip-swinging dance moves caused a national scandal and set the stage for the King of Rock 'n' Roll's place in history.

His performance of "Hound Dog" drove the kids in the audience wild and disgusted the press and some of the adult viewers. His sexy moves and black-influenced sound was condemned by certain factions of the “morally concerned” establishment and the religious community, but his seemingly unstoppable popularity continued to grow to new heights.

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