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something to think about

    Wed, 2008-01-23 21:23 — lorenzodamarith

    hello,

    ran across this a while ago (bbc news). just wondering if the crowd here has an opinion about this sort of thing?

    Three Little Pigs offensive to Muslims and builders

    A story based on the Three Little Pigs 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".
    Becta, the government's educational technology agency, is a leading partner in the annual schools award.

    The judges also attacked Three Little Cowboy Builders for offending builders.

    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".

    'Cultural issues'
    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 Three Little Cowboy Builders has already been a prize winner at the recent Education Resource Award - but its Newcastle-based publishers, Shoo-fly were turned down by the Bett Award panel, run the government's technology agency.

    The feedback from the judges explaining why they had rejected the CD-Rom highlighted that they "could not recommend this product to the Muslim community".

    They also warned that the story might "alienate parts of the workforce (building trade)".

    The judges criticised the stereotyping in the story of the unfortunate pigs: "Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?"

    Animal Farm?
    Ms Curtis said that rather than preventing the spread of racism, such an attitude was likely to inflame ill-feeling. As another example, she says would that mean that secondary schools could not teach Animal Farm because it features pigs?

    Her company is committed to an ethical approach to business and its products promote a message of mutual respect, she says - and banning such traditional stories will "close minds rather than open them".

    Becta, the government funded agency responsible for technology in schools and colleges, says that it is standing by the judges' verdict.

    "Becta with its partners is responsible for the judging criteria against which the 70 independent judges, mostly practising teachers, comment. All the partners stick by the judging criteria," said a Becta spokesman.

    The reason that this product was not shortlisted was because "it failed to reach the required standard across a number of criteria", said the spokesman.

    Becta runs the awards with the Besa trade association and show organisers, Emap Education.

    Merlin John, author of an educational technology website which highlighted the story, warns that such rulings can undermine the credibility of the awards.

    "When benchmarks are undermined by pedestrian and pedantic tick lists, and by inflexible, unhelpful processes, it can tarnish the achievements of even the most worthy winners.

    "It's time for a rethink, and for Becta to listen to the criticisms that have been ignored for a number of years," said Mr John.

    thanks

    KibunInc's picture

    Damn pigs....could some on pass me a pork chop. :cool:

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;18003 wrote:
    Damn pigs....could some on pass me a pork chop. :cool:

    hello,

    only with a side of bacon and a ham sandwich!!!

    mmmmmmm. hungry suddenly.

    thanks

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    kaperisk's picture

    well i find it offensive to have any religion at all used in any type of story. so THERE! i also find it offensive that guys get to be depicted having sex with hot girls (who could very well be my girlfriend given the chance lol) in movies.

    in fact i want all stories that are not 100% fact banned. you know what scratch that... i want all stories even if they are true banned!!!!!!! im offended BAN IT!

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    kaperisk;18029 wrote:
    well i find it offensive to have any religion at all used in any type of story. so THERE! i also find it offensive that guys get to be depicted having sex with hot girls (who could very well be my girlfriend given the chance lol) in movies.

    in fact i want all stories that are not 100% fact banned. you know what scratch that... i want all stories even if they are true banned!!!!!!! im offended BAN IT!

    hello,

    you know what is REALLY REALLY offensive???? underpants. everyone knows those things are dangerous.

    they deplete ozone. they clearcut rainforests. they drive drunk. they club baby seals. they smoke in public. they start gangwars. the bunch up at inconvenient moments.

    there you have it. underpants should be banned!!!!

    hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    lorenzodamarith;18125 wrote:
    hello,

    you know what is REALLY REALLY offensive???? underpants. everyone knows those things are dangerous.

    they deplete ozone. they clearcut rainforests. they drive drunk. they club baby seals. they smoke in public. they start gangwars. the bunch up at inconvenient moments.

    there you have it. underpants should be banned!!!!

    hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    thanks

    Actually only girls underpants should be banned.

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    dinocastle's picture

    KibunInc;18144 wrote:
    Actually only girls underpants should be banned.

    Only if mini skirts are mandatory.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    surely noone could possibly be offended by this? of course not!

    thanks

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