Since I have joined, I have seen a lot of comments, in a variety of threads, where people had to keep quiet about being a fan back in their youth. I do remember them getting heat for being "squeaky clean". I think most people have stated that they faced backlash while during their high school years. I was in elementary school when they were at their peak. I never experienced this. The parents, teachers, and students all loved the Carpenters. We even had their songs within our school shows. I would like to read more about what others experienced in school, while the Carpenters were in their heyday. Maybe there is a difference between older and younger fans (generational thing) from the 1970's.