Monday, October 19, 2009

BBC Changes "Humpty Dumpty" to Make It Less Violent

The British Broadcasting Corporation, the world's most trusted source to not jack around with the news is now facing some controversy after jacking around with Humpty Dumpty.

They changed the end of the nursery rhyme for the CBeebies channel so it said all the King's horses "made Humpty happy again."

According to the story in the Daily Express, the Beeb said they made the changes for "creative reasons rather than trying to give a soft version of the rhyme for children."

An unnamed spokeswoman told the Express, "We play nursery rhymes with their original lyrics all the time and the small change to Humpty Dumpty was done for no other reason than being creative and entertaining."

Tom Harris, the Labour MP for Glasgow South, told the London Independent (official motto: "I can do it by myself!"), that this was "pathetic" that CBeebies rewrote Humpty Dumpty not to upset children. He believed CBeebies has begun sanitizing a lot of their content for young viewers.

"For goodness sake. Obviously children will find it far too violent, distressing and horrific that Humpty should not be put together again," he told the Independent. "This is what happens when adults try to make these kinds of judgments."

Harris recalled another episode where Little Miss Muffet made friends with her spider antagonist, rather than running away.

The unnamed spokeswoman said they made the same change for more creative reasons.

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