i wasn’t going to respond to this, i really wasn’t. but now i am:
“Why would he? Robert ignored him. He would have beat him if I’d allowed it. That brute you made me marry once hit the boy so hard he knocked out two of his baby teeth, over some mischief with a cat…”
you begin losing your baby teeth when you are six years old. does this mean that joffrey was younger than that when robert hit him? yes the situation with the cat was bullshit, and really terrifying. does that mean that joffrey deserved to be beaten by his father?
not paying attention to a child, is, in fact, a very potent form of emotional abuse. it’s called neglect. and it is profoundly dangerous, both on an emotional developmental level and on a psychological level.
gif credit to the op, i’m reposting them because they are relevant:
#no it’s not because cersei spoiled him kids #it’s because every father figure he had #robert #jaime #tyrion #all fucking abused the shit out of him #cersei certainly didn’t help matters #but for fuck’s sake please look at joffrey’s abuse wholistically #it explains so much of his own later abuse #this is not a moment to be happy about or to laugh at or to be thrilled with #this is not joffrey being punished for being a li'l shit #this is joffrey being reminded that his father thinks he’s trash and that no matter what he does his father isn’t out to keep him safe #and doesn’t love him #and never will #does this justify what he does later? #fuck no #does it help explain it? #yes #child abuse is never ok #never ever ever ok
lastly, joffrey died when he was thirteen years old, he died responsible for death, destruction, chaos, mayhem, and physical and sexual abuse of his own. but pinning that solely on inbreeding as opposed to the vicious cycles of abuse that so many characters in this series are trapped in…please read the above and reconsider.