Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Guess what? Yes -a story based on the Three Little Pigs fairytale has been turned down from a government agency's annual awards because the subject matter could offend Muslims. The digital book, re-telling the classic fairy tale, was rejected by judges who warned that "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".

The judges concerned also attacked "Three Little Cowboy Builders" for offending builders. (What about offending cowboys, HUH?) The CD-Rom digital version of the traditional story of the three little pigs, called Three Little Cowboy Builders, is aimed at primary school children. But judges at this year's Bett Award said that they had "concerns about the "Asian" community and the use of pigs raises cultural issues".

The book's creative director, Anne Curtis, said that the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was "like a slap in the face". As Curtis says, will Orwell's "Animal Farm" be banned because it too uses pigs?

Naturally the British government agency behind this dhimmitude is proud of its decision.
Cross-posted on A Tangled Web

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