Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Sor, erryone dem talkin' bout de mouse nem o Raaaaasta, seen? Cbeebies must think everything is IRIE!
What's the big deal? He's a crime fighting rodent; it's all been done before with the fantastic Dangermouse right? The trouble is that this time the hero is, DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUH Jamaican! Shiiiiiiiiiiiiat!
I remember the fury over the Teletubbies when they appeared on the screen. The worried parents believing their babies would lose all control of their tongues and only be able to mutter EH OH! whilst eating custard from a hoover and carrying a handbag. Then came the rumours that the programme was written ON ACID (probably all purchased from the same dealer who supplied The Magic Roundabout) and that Tinky Winky was a perve, ( possibly in cahoots with the depraved Captain Pugwash crew).
I hated Teletubbies. I found their voices really, really annoying. That was until I became a parent and my son took to them like no other programme. I realised that actually, they are educational (for their target audience) and innocent and lovely. Waagwaaaan!
I must say that I find In The Night Garden so unbelievably boring but that seems to have offended no one. Maybe that speaks volumes! You have to be dull to get by 'un-Daily Mailed'!
Anyhoo, back to Rastamouse. I don't think the Yardie's are using this to recuit our young just as I don't think it's a vicious stereo type by the NF to portray the black man as a rat.
My kids have watched it and last time I checked, they were still all-white, (ooh there's a comedy sketch right there! Kids gradually turning into the characters they're watching)! Same as Teletubbies hasn't made my son effeminate and I didn't turn into a benefits fraudster after watching Mungo, Mary & Midge, (they lived in a tower block - this concerned my mum).
Bob Dylan wrote,
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticise
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Basically, anytime anything a bit different comes out, we panic. It all looks different to the younger generation and even more so to our elders. Just lets all get on with it and have a laugh as it all amounts to sh*t in the end. I think we should just kick off our flip flops, feel the sand in our toes, take a nice fat swig of wood rum and chill man.