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January 25, 2008

Three Little Pigs story "too offensive"

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Three Little Pigs story "too offensive"


A story based on the Three Little Pigs has been rejected by a government quango in case it offends Muslims.

The digital remake of the children's classic was criticised by Becta, the education technology agency, because "the use of pigs raises cultural issues".

Officials also attacked the story - called The Three Little Cowboy Builders - for stereotyping the building trade, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The comments were condemned by the computer program's creator as "a slap in the face"

The controversy was sparked during an awards ceremony designed to honour the best educational stories, programmes and teaching aids for children.

Dozens of companies submitted entries but Newcastle-based publishers Shoo Fly were shocked when judges told them that their interactive 3D book was unsuitable for children.

In a feedback form, Becta told the company: "Judges would not recommend this product to the Muslim community in particular."

The story for primary school pupils replaces pigs with "cowboy builders" as part of a light-hearted tale designed to spark interest in reading and design technology skills.

But its authors were also told that it portrays the building industry in a bad light.

Judges said "retelling a story" was acceptable, but it "should not alienate parts of the workforce", adding that builders should be "positive" role models for young children.

"Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?" the judges asked.

Anne Curtis, the founder of Shoo Fly, which won a prize at the prestigious Education Resource Awards for the story, said: "The feedback amounted to a verbal assault.

"I feel these criticisms aim to close the minds of teachers and young people to some issues."

Muslims criticised Becta's response and insisted that a computer program based on the Three Little Pigs should be welcomed in state schools.

Tahir Alam, the head of education at the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "We are not offended by that at all."

Yesterday, the quango stood by the verdict, which was made by 70 independent judges, mainly teachers.


Wild Thing's comment........

In this case its not the Muslims objecting, it's the bleeding-heart Liberal Multiculturalists. More preemptive dhimmi behavior from the British educational elite.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 02:55 AM


The '3 Little Hamhocks?" The Eurabian Union? Jihad Bond aka Oilfinger? The 'HAM' being removed from Buckingham Palace? "Allah save the queen?" So pork is offensive but blowing oneself up isn't? - And we're the infidels 2008?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 25, 2008 05:43 AM

Holy Porkbarrel!!!!!!!! Does "Get A Life" come to mind?!?!?! What a bunch of ignoramuses!!!! Sad thing is......I wouldn't have been surprised to have read that this story came from one of our own cities. Bunch of bleeding-heart puke heads!!!!!

Posted by: John at January 25, 2008 06:46 AM

This is my country, land of my birth...
This is my country, greatest of earth.
I Pledge thee my Allegiance.

If you don't like it, leave. No one said you have
to stay. If you don't like the story of the Three Little Piggies, then change it yourself to the Three Little Puppies or Kitties or Village Idiots. I don't care what you do in your own home, but stop bringing out where I can hear it. It just makes you look stupid.
The story is NOT about Piggies anyway--it's a bible story--build your home of bricks and stone on solid ground, bozobrains!

Posted by: Lynn at January 25, 2008 08:13 AM

John (above), I guess SFRAN dropped the bll on this one.

In addition, I don't recall anyone doing this for the Jews.

Posted by: Pork Rind Steve at January 25, 2008 08:42 AM

How about "Three Little Suicide Bombers"?

Posted by: TomR at January 25, 2008 10:37 AM

Watch the video in this story for an un-PC view of the Religion of Peace.

Christian 'infidels' to eat 'Muhammad'
Political TV hosts fed up with PC Islam will devour cookie with face of prophet

You can also click on the Flamethrower link to order the cookies for yourself.

Posted by: Les at January 25, 2008 05:07 PM

Darth, yes it is ok to blow up and kill people, no one should protest that kind of behavior. amazing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:05 PM

John, me too, it could be in any city in our counrtry we are surrounded by the bleeding hearts for Moslems.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:06 PM

Lynn, love it....."The story is NOT about Piggies anyway--it's a bible story--build your home of bricks and stone on solid ground, bozobrains!"

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:07 PM

Pork Rind Steve, ditto that. The lefties could care less about the Jews imo. They prove it with all their leave Israel alone, stop being a friend to Israel etc. that they say.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:10 PM

Tom, now that would be something. Someone to make one with that name and then set a timer on a clock to see how long it takes for the protests to happen. What a bunch of jerks and killers.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:14 PM

Les, hahaaha thanks for the link and information.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 25, 2008 11:17 PM

News flash from the once 'Great' Britain... 60% of their population is now OBESE! Perhaps they ought to eat PORK and give up their fish 'n chips? How about fish 'n chops, eh? - Miss Piggy 2008

Posted by: drstrangeloveb52isok at January 26, 2008 02:14 AM

thanks for the news flash. Fish n'chops heh heh

I love fish 'n chips.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 26, 2008 05:04 AM