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To think that this is political correctness gone mad???!!!

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rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 10:44:55

elc have removed the pig from the happy land farm set as it may offend some religious groups!- i.e muslim and jewish. so am i wrong to suggest that maybe we should not have farm sets because it could offend veggies, the cows could offend hindus and maybe the sheep could offend the welsh???

this is bloody stupid... our town renamed christmas as fucking winterval!!!!!

rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 10:45:23

oooh this morning man as just said cows for hindus too.. get me!

Serendippy Tue 16-Nov-10 10:46:23

YABU to imply that sheep could offend the Welsh, why would they? grin


bumpsoon Tue 16-Nov-10 10:47:02

you are surely joking at both the pig and 'winterval' ,please tell me you are shock

AnnieLobeseder Tue 16-Nov-10 10:47:05

What? I'm Jewish and I love pigs! Just not to eat. I'm offended by them being taken out!

Chil1234 Tue 16-Nov-10 10:47:16

YABU It's ELC's product selection team going a little mad... nothing more. Almost every time these stories crop up there's some misguided fear of causing offence behind them. And the people supposed to be offended are anything but. Relax and read better newspapers

LindyHemming Tue 16-Nov-10 10:47:31

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mrsoliverramsay Tue 16-Nov-10 10:48:00

Things like this really winds me up. Sick of it really. I would complain

SkeletonFlowers Tue 16-Nov-10 10:49:13

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EvilEyeButterPie Tue 16-Nov-10 10:50:12

TBH, I seriously, seriously doubt this has actually happened. Sounds very like the "OMG we cnt evn sing ba ba blk shep anymoor cos of the pakis an that!!!!!11!1!!1!" brigade.

rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 10:52:17

should stop reading the sun!!! but it was just on this morning does that make it viable??? grin

yes it is winterval here in the midlands, for our town anyway altho i think the conservative council may have stamped that out this year!

CrankyTwanky Tue 16-Nov-10 10:52:34

Nice bit of publicity there for ELC then, eh, skeleton?
They never had to change a thing, just a couple of press releases.
And so close to christmas too.hmm

Sarsaparilllla Tue 16-Nov-10 10:53:45

I refused to belive it ever happend, except in Daily Mail gone mad land

chaya5738 Tue 16-Nov-10 10:54:12

I agree with EvilEye - it just sounds like another way to vilify Muslims and Jews. Not only do Jews drink the blood of Christian children but they keep them from playing happy farms too!

If the pig has been removed it is probably so that the company can sell their product to Muslim and Jewish parents more easily - ie: it is a straight up and down commercial decision. Not as a way of avoiding "offence." The manufacturing has to make some decisions about which animals to include or not so why not make those decisions based on want animals would or would not be more increase sales.

NotShortImPomBearSized Tue 16-Nov-10 10:55:59


Complete and total utter madness.

And it is true but they have now agreed to put said pigs back again!

chaya5738 Tue 16-Nov-10 10:56:24

I like the idea of Winterval, TBH. Like Festivus in Seinfeld.

EvilEyeButterPie Tue 16-Nov-10 10:58:27

Festivus - doesn't that include the ritual airing of grievances? I like that

capricorn76 Tue 16-Nov-10 10:58:52

I really don't understand why people still believe these stories unless they really want to. I will bet my bottom dollar not one single Jew or Muslim has complained. Its just an excuse to bash minorities and I'm sick to death of it. If the pigs have been removed its because of a commercial decision in that they are ot selling well etc not because the 'effnicks' have an issue. Get a grip.

rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 10:59:40

Chaya i find it very difficult to explain the religious symbolism of winterval to my 3 year old. because there is none and the public holiday of christmas is a religious festival. we would not dare feel it necessary to change the names of other religious festivals that are not chrsitian so that other children from different religions can feel involved, instead we embrace them for being important to those religions.

ccpccp Tue 16-Nov-10 11:00:46

Ha ha - it doesnt fit into your worldviews so it never happened

I'm sure it did happen but whatever PC liberal drone made the call obviously wasnt acting on company policy, thus the retraction.

rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 11:01:30

i take my dds to a fram once a week at least where they see pigs, if i buy them a farm to play with how do you suggest i explain the absence of the pigs? Its like buying them a toy garage without the cars

AnneBowling Tue 16-Nov-10 11:01:38

Without wishing to out you, the winterval thing was a bit of a right-wing myth from about ten years ago

rdmommy Tue 16-Nov-10 11:01:53

meant farm blush

ShirleyKnot Tue 16-Nov-10 11:02:53

"maybe the sheep could offend the welsh"

What the JEFF?

NotShortImPomBearSized Tue 16-Nov-10 11:03:06

Link to story if interested

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