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The BBC has defended a decision to change the ending of nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.
A version used on the CBeebies channel was altered so rather than "couldn't put Humpty together again" all the King's horses "made Humpty happy again".
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
It goes far deeper than political correctness. The real message they're trying to change is that 'all the kings horses and all the kings men" (read government) was powerless. Think about the implications of that...
Originally posted by skjalddis
It all sounds rather silly but that simple rhyme conveys an important lesson to children in its original form and that lesson is lost with the change. If you smash an egg then no amount of power in the world is going to put that egg back together, once it is smashed it stays smashed. That rhyme is supposed to teach children that sometimes things just can't be fixed, that once they are broken they stay broken and that is a lesson that small children need to learn.
It is also rather sad that the BBC, with their all-encompassing politically-correct soppy-mindedness have either failed to understand this very simple rhyme and the lesson that it conveys or don't believe that children need to learn such things and will all grow up in a fluffy-bunny world where nothing ever goes wrong.
Originally posted by mikerussellus
reply to post by Merriman Weir
What was Humpty doing on the wall in the first place?
Shouldn't he have been doing productive labour for the state?
S&F just because I don't want to offend. . . . Being PC and all, don't want you to sue.