BBC’s Yoke of a Humpty Dumpty Rewrite #Fail

Humpty Dumpty’s yoke isn’t all over the wall anymore. No sir’ee.

You got it folks, apparently the BBC has decided to rewrite Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme and well, they are defending their decision.

As we all know, or should know, the end of the original tale goes something like this: “…all the king’s horses, and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Well, now the new BBC version goes something like this: “…all the king’s horses and all the king’s men made Humpty happy again.”

Apparently, a fragile egg cracking, with yoke’s drooping is too violent for kiddies these days. And this new version is a ‘sanitized’ account of the classic children’s tale.

You know all those people who are saying that Gen-Y and alike are way too positive, that some of us don’t just get that the world isn’t a fluffy-carebear of a place, and that we need to get a reality check. I would like those same people to think about what they just did with their new Humpty Dumpty retelling. It’s looks like moves like this are setting the stage for a new, more sheltered breed of children.

So while, I’ve had my life skewed with false promises of perfect hair by Disney and fairytale pink romances by Barbie, the next generation will be way more skewed than I am.

Isn’t that comforting?

Heaven forbid there is a tale out there, without a fairytale ending.

Image belongs to Disney.

Does this mean that those of us who grew up with the original story are umm…scarred for life? So if Humpty came out in 1803, that’s over 200 years of folks scarred for life because of an egg.

On a similar note, what does this say about media censorship? Since when was this fairytale so violent, or so terrible that it couldn’t be read to children? Is Alice in Wonderland next? We all know that was written as an LSD trip and covered up a a kiddies tale. Between the Red Queen and the Cheshire Cat, I don’t know who is on a bigger trip…

Little Red Riding Hood perhaps? No attempts on her life by the big bad wolf?

Oh, dear.

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the ‘Little Pink Book’ delivered to your Kindle.

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Comments

  1. According to the wonderful world of Google, “Humpty Dumpty was a colloquial term used in 15th century England to describe someone who was fat or obese”- so if the BBC REALLY wants to be politically correct, they should just change the whole thing so that children know to lead a healthy lifestyle and not become obese.

    As for those of us who have apparently be scarred with the original tale, I think the BBC should start a support group.

  2. haha, well said Sheema, well said!

    🙂

  3. haha, well said Sheema, well said!

    🙂

  4. According to the wonderful world of Google, “Humpty Dumpty was a colloquial term used in 15th century England to describe someone who was fat or obese”- so if the BBC REALLY wants to be politically correct, they should just change the whole thing so that children know to lead a healthy lifestyle and not become obese.

    As for those of us who have apparently be scarred with the original tale, I think the BBC should start a support group.

  5. haha, well said Sheema, well said!

    🙂

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