It's a classic scenario. You have a wicked awesome idea for a speech: say, a persuasive. A particularly controversial persuasive. You plan out your three points. You're working on a thesis statement. You've almost got your opener down when you decide to run the idea by your parents. Bad idea. At least, that's what you think later. Because your parents squished that speech idea like someone might squish a spider in a piece of toilet paper. It's disgusting. There go all of your hopes and dreams. Squish.
It could happen with debate cases. All it takes is one judge, one judge who does not appreciate an edgy case. Hey, plans have to be debatable, right? Isn't that the point? But there goes that one. Squish.
We like doing controversial stuff. I am no exception. My first OI had the word "bloody" in the title. My second taught that money can buy happiness and/or love. My humorous "made fun of Christians," according to some judges. My DI didn't even have a death scene! Ok, my pieces haven't been too terribly controversial, but unique to be sure. Well, my duo kinda was. And a persuasive I wanted to do next year. It got squished.
You're homeschooled, and that's probably a controversy in and of itself.