"It ruined my childhood": College Humor video lambastes millennials for common phrase (VIDEO).

College Humor Reminds Us: Stop Saying Hollywood “Ruined” Your Childhood

College Humor Reminds Us: Stop Saying Hollywood “Ruined” Your Childhood

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Jan. 7 2015 3:51 PM

College Humor Reminds Us: Stop Saying Hollywood “Ruined” Your Childhood

A statute of Donatello is seen at the premiere of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on August 3, 2014 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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I’ll admit it: In the past, I’ve bemoaned an unnecessary reboot or remake with some variation of the knee-jerk phrase no doubt familiar to all millennials, “It ruined my childhood.” Well, College Humor rightly wants us all to stop using the hyperbolic, unfounded expression—and it’s hard not to agree when it’s shown in as scathing and funny a light as it is here.

Lesson duly learned: If you start to think that Hollywood’s allegiance to Michael Bay, or 3-D and CGI, is “destroying” the memory of your younger days, it’s probably best to keep such thoughts to yourself.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.