Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Paging Dr. Richard Kimble...

Remember when society found it acceptable to hide all of its "freaks" away behind closed doors so that nobody would have to sully their precious eyes by gazing upon their twisted forms? It appears that many in England would be quite happy with a return to that era:

A disabled CBeebies presenter has been the victim of a disturbing campaign after parents complained that she was scaring toddlers.

They claimed that host Cerrie Burnell - who was born with one arm - is not suitable to appear on the digital children's channel.

Miss Burnell and co-presenter Alex Winters took over the popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme last month.

But the decision to hire her has prompted a flurry of complaints to the BBC and on parenting message boards, with some of the posts on the CBeebies website becoming so vicious that they had to be removed.

Incredibly, one father said he wanted to ban his daughter from watching the channel because he feared it would give her nightmares.

Others claimed that they were forced to discuss difficult issues with their young children before they were ready.

One blogger wrote: 'Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?

'I didn't want to let my children watch the filler bits on The Bedtime Hour last night because I know it would have played on my eldest daughter's mind and possibly caused sleep problems. And yes, this is a serious post.'

Some even accused the BBC of hiring Miss Burnell, 29, because of 'political correctness' and solely to meet employment quotas.

One notice board comment read: 'What is scary is the BBC's determination to show " minorities" on CBeebies at every available opportunity!

I don't know what disturbs me more about this story: the outright prejudice directed towards this woman because of her disability or the fact that so many of these parents find it so difficult to have an honest conversation with their children about the human body and other people who are different from them. And before you dismiss them as a bunch of uptight Brits ask yourself this question: were we Americans any less hysterical when Janet Jackson's dirty, dirty tittie flopped out during her Super Bowl halftime show a few years back? We as a society need Tyler Durden and his penis pictures now more than ever before.


JoMala "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Screw them Limy assholes JBW. One hand is all you need.

Van Zan said...

...and I wouldn't mind even if it was HER one hand.

The BBC is the public broadcaster. No commercial network would have the guts to hire her.
And I agree totally with JBW's observations.
What's going to happen when the kid comes across an amputee or some equivalently challenged person in their local supermarket? Is the parent going to demand the supermarket ban amputees from shopping?