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    Updated on Nov 21, 2019. Posted on Nov 19, 2019

    This Guy Refused To Stop Watching "Game Of Thrones" On A Crowded Plane — Is He An Asshole?

    "Don't watch porn in public places, no matter how critically acclaimed said porn is."

    There's a community on Reddit called "Am I the Asshole?" It's a place where users can post all the awkward, tense, or embarrassing situations they've found themselves in, and let commenters decide whether or not they behaved like a jerk.

    I have been reading the “I am the asshole?” (AITA) section of Reddit for truly...6 hours now

    And yesterday, user SCM2323 shared an airplane etiquette dilemma that has thousands of people arguing in the comments. Let's break this down.

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    As the original poster (OP) describes it, he was sitting in the aisle seat on a long flight, and had stored Season 1 of Game of Thrones on his tablet for the trip.

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    "An hour or two into watching, the woman two rows behind me tapped on my shoulder and told me that I need to turn it off immediately," the OP writes. "A little bit confused, I asked why."

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    The woman said that her son could see the tablet screen from two rows back, and asked the OP to turn it off:

    She told me that her young son could see the show playing on my tablet and it's totally not suited for such young children because of the sex and violence involved in it.

    The OP says he agrees that Game of Thrones is not appropriate for children, but felt like it was unreasonable to ask him not to watch it on a plane:

    I told her that I'm not going to turn it off. She then basically told me that I am an asshole for not considering other people around me. Is she right?

    And y'all...the internet is VERY divided over this.

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    Many people felt like the OP was Not the Asshole (NTA), since the kid was two rows back and the mom could have taken other steps to resolve the situation:

    NTA. Certainly GoT is not appropriate for a child but this is a rather unreasonable request. She is two rows behind you. It is not like it is just playing in the kid's face. She could have swapped seats with the kid or distracted him. If all else failed she could have politely asked if you would mind angling your tablet so he couldn't see it. Instead she jumped straight to telling you that you *had* to turn it off. That is entitlement right there. The world does not revolve around her child.

    Lord_Void_Of_Evil

    Some users pointed out that many airlines actually offer Game of Thrones in their in-flight entertainment systems:

    NTA. I flew from Paris to Arizona and watched half a season of GoT. Why? Because it was provided by the airline. If it bothers her so much she could switch seats with her child so they can’t see.

    Blab411

    And others said this was an example of parents acting entitled:

    NTA. As a person who has chosen not to have kids, I feel like people with kids are always expecting us to accommodate them because of their choice to procreate. It's so freaking annoying. Also, these people are the same people letting their damn kid blast "Baby Effing Shark" 10,000 times on repeat without earbuds on the plane.

    whatevscoundrel

    But many people felt differently, and commented to let the OP know that, yes, You're the Asshole (YTA):

    YTA. This is one of those cases where being kind and considerate would have made you kind and considerate, and disregarding other people for your own reasons makes you selfish and inconsiderate. I personally would agree that as a rule, in public, people shouldn't watch gory/sexual content out in the open.

    itsabeautifulsky

    Some found the issue to be a matter of common sense:

    YTA. It’s common sense not to watch sexually explicit shows in public.

    scarninscrantoncity

    Lots of folks pointed out that Game of Thrones has a whole lot of nudity in it:

    YTA. Don't watch porn in public places, no matter how critically acclaimed said porn is.

    VictorZiblis

    And while the OP may have *technically* had the right to watch it, many felt like it was in poor taste, given the circumstances:

    YTA. Yeah, technically you don't have to turn it off. But you're still the asshole. Just find something else to watch. That was pretty selfish.

    sassyrogue

    And more than a few commenters said the situation was a tie between the OP and the mom — Everyone Sucks Here (ESH).

    ESH. It's not considerate to watch a show like this in public. Not just because of kids, but many adults are bothered by violence as well. However...the parent should have tried to fix the situation (maybe with a blanket as others have suggested) or approached you in a more polite way rather than demanding that you turn it off.

    paperpieces

    So, what do YOU think? Is the OP an asshole for not turning off Game of Thrones? Is the mom an asshole for making the request? Sound off in the comments, and remember to be NICE.

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    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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