Brits are forced to talk to their children

There’s this belief that the British are somehow less moronic than Americans. (I’m not saying that Americans aren’t morons – I’m just challenging the notion that they’re smarter than us.) Then the story of a disabled children’s show host comes along. Cerrie Burnell is the host to two children shows on BBC. Burnell was born without a right hand and this has led to complaints to the BBC and on the internet. My favorite is the following:

In one chat room, a father lamented that Burnell being on the show forced him to have conversations with his child about disabilities

Oh the humanity.  Being forced to talk to one’s kids about something other than Big Brother.

  • John R

    Some people are amazing! What a great opportunity to talk about the wonderous differences between people. Perhaps if parents were more open to speaking about people with disabilities, there would not be such a stagma associated with and fear of persons with disabilities.

  • Ayda Yilmaz

    I totally agree with what Ms. Burnell said: Kids with disabilities need good role models. And able-bodied kids also need role models like Ms. Burnell to understand that a disability a person may have does not necessarily interfere with one’s life. People without arms, hands, legs, etc. are just like any other person with arms, hands, and legs. Children need to understand that there is no need to treat people with disabilities differently. I am so confident that BBC values her work as a children show host not by someone who is missing a hand.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ the fixer

    On average, Brits are smarter than Americans.
    In fact, most countries are.

    Check out where we rank in terms of math, science and literacy as compared to the rest of the world.

    It sure explains how we wound up with President Dumb-Ass for the last eight years.

    The people elected someone they could “have a beer with”.
    Good plan.

  • Spencer

    Not really the point. Just saying that the Brits sometimes have the capacity to be dumbasses just like us.