Wednesday, 23 January 2008

The world has gone mad I tell you, MAD!

Via Raphael, we learn that an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs is offensive to Muslims, Asians and construction workers. Wow. Quite the wide swath of society. And I thought Barney the Dinosaur set a new level of offensiveness.

But wait, it gets worse.

I had to google this story to see how this insanity started. And I found this "In the past, Baa Baa Black Sheep has become Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep to satisfy race relations, the Seven Dwarfs have been axed from Snow White to avoid offending the vertically challenged and the ending of Humpty Dumpty has been censored for fear of upsetting sensitive children."

Sweet mother of mercy. What the hell is wrong with people? Rainbow Sheep? When was the last time you saw one of those. Farmers, hide your black sheep, they might offend somebody by being, umm, black? A colour is offensive? Well, I'll give you puce. No more dwarves? How the hell did LOTR make it to theatres then? The thought of Humpty Dumpty breaking upsets sensitive children? Better hope they never watch the news or use the Internet or read a newspaper. That would make them downright suicidal!

To play it safe, my children will no longer be told classic stories that might be offensive to someone in some weird tangential kind of way. Tomorrow night I'm going to regale them with tales of "There once was a man from Nantucket". No room for uncertainty there.

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