Thursday, January 24, 2008
Nanny Bans Three Little Pigs
You know folks, initially I had thought of awarding my prestigious "Prats of The Week" award to this shower; but then quickly realised that this is far worse than mere "pratism", it goes into knobhead territory.
What am I talking about?
I shall explain.
Do you recall your childhood days, when you read the story of the three little pigs who built houses of straw, twigs and brick in order to fend off the evil wolf?
A nice, harmless story.
Not so in Nanny's eyes.
For you see, dear reader, the word pig is offensive and evil.
As such, Nanny's thought police in Becta (Nanny's educational technology agency) have banned the story lest it offend Muslims.
A digital book of the tale depicts the pigs as builders, and was up for a book award run by Nanny.
The book "The Three Little Cowboy Builders" is published by Shoo Fly. The BETT awards are run by Becta, Emap Education and the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa).
Needless to say, the judging panel, consisting of Nanny's finest brain dead thought police, didn't like it one bit. They said that "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".
Pass the sick bag someone!
What planet do these knobheads come from?
The judges refused to shortlist the product which, by the way has already won awards, and for good measure said that "The Three Little Cowboy Builders" might also "alienate parts of the workforce (building trade)".
The judges, in a remarkably patronising and divisive tone, said that they had "concerns about the Asian community" and insisted "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".
As a result, they "could not recommend this product to the Muslim community".
They also had a go at the stereotyping in the story of the pigs:
"Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?"
-Do these knobheads live in the real world?
-Do they actually know any Muslims or builders?
This absurd ban does nothing to improve "cultural" relations, and further isolates Muslims by tarring by association them with the intolerance and narrow mindedness that clearly the judges of this panel are wallowing in.
I have nothing but contempt for this judgement.
Where first you burn books, next you will burn people.
Here are the names of the joint chairmen of the judges:
Director, Education Content, Becta
Here are two email addresses where you can write to the BETT knobheads to give them your views on this subject, please make sure that you do:
Future BETT awards should be boycotted by all publishers.
Here is Christopher Walken reading the original Three Little Pigs.