Thursday, January 24, 2008

Faery Tales are offensive

Well it seems the ministry of truth strikes again.... only this time striking a blow for the fine arts.Apparently, the story of the three little pigs is offensive to Muslims. Yikes! Do we think so little of immigrants and Muslims in particular that they find our culture (western nations) so offensive? If so, why would they come here? For good measure builders could be insulted by the book too - but then I haven't personally met a builder I could offend. As Lleyton Hewitt would say C'mon! and as Dr Phil would say "Get real!"

A children's book based on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs has been rejected for a UK award amid fears it could offend Muslims. Judges for the Bett Awards criticised the animated virtual book, The Three Little Cowboy Builders, saying its use of pigs as the main characters raised "cultural issues". They also believed the book could offend builders.

"Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs," the judges wrote.

"The idea of taking a traditional tale and retelling a story is fine, but it should not alienate parts of the workforce. "Judges would not recommend this product to the Muslim community in particular."Ann Curtis, whose company Shoo Fly Publishing produced the book, branded the judges' criticisms unjustified."I felt disbelief, to be honest," she told The Times newspaper.
"As a small company we have a strong ethical and moral grounding."To be told that we cynically set out to alienate minority groups is a very narrow-minded view."


I think the only thing offensive here is that builders in general have been called pigs. (regardless of race, gender or class). Good one! Let me try - The police are pigs.... and for cultural sensitivity we should get rid of them in case they offend muslims too. (No really, lets get rid of the police state!)

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