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To think this 'comedian' on Radio 4 shouldn't have said this at 11.30am?

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Imchangingmyname Mon 19-Oct-15 18:37:44

In the car earlier with DD 3.5 and baby DS. Radio 4 is on, with a comedy-type show presented by Sue Perkins (who I love by the way), when some silly bint announces that all 5-year-old's should be told that Santa doesn't exist?!? All said very seriously, given it was supposed to be a 'comedy' show. DD didn't say anything but is the type of child who stores things up and mentions it later. Didn't want to say anything at the time as didn't want to draw attention to it.
AIBU to think she shouldn't have said it??

AnyoneButAndre Mon 19-Oct-15 18:40:19

Nope YANBU. Radio 4 is a channel for adults. They tend not to swear before the watershed but everything else is fair game. Have you never heard them discussing FGM on Woman's Hour?

AnyoneButAndre Mon 19-Oct-15 18:40:42

Oops, that should have been YABU of course.

JeanSeberg Mon 19-Oct-15 18:41:56

Yabu for referring to someone as a silly bint.

Kind of cancels out your R4 stealth boast.

DisappointedOne Mon 19-Oct-15 18:42:37

YABU. My 5 year old has never been told Santa does exist. More people should do it.

DisappointedOne Mon 19-Oct-15 18:43:38

(Much hilarity in car with DD yesterday when woman's hour was talking about a new range of washes and moisturisers for vaginas.)

Nohopeformethen Mon 19-Oct-15 18:45:07

Yanbu. I would be seriously unimpressed with that.

HarrietSchulenberg Mon 19-Oct-15 18:45:47

R4 isn't a children's station and it could resonably be assumed that any child old enough to understand its content would be at school. It can hardly be expected to cater for the sensitivities of 3.5 year olds.

Your slightly offensive "silly bint" comment could really be applied to someone who gets annoyed when a grown-up radio station broadcasts material for adults.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 19-Oct-15 18:47:37

YABU - surely your DD knows that some people don't believe - so you just say - oh someone wont be getting presents this year ...and move on

you are being a bit precious!

Snossidge Mon 19-Oct-15 18:48:15


Up to you if you lie to your kids but you can't expect the whole world to collude with you.

Ricardian Mon 19-Oct-15 18:48:57

AIBU to think she shouldn't have said it??

If you listen to Radio 4 with children, you need to be prepared to talk to them about adult topics. As you've just found out.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 19-Oct-15 18:48:59

oh and just for future reference - the entire world isn't going to conspire with all parents to pretend Father Christmas is real - so you may need to get some ideas of how to deal with it next time!

TurnOffTheTv Mon 19-Oct-15 18:50:22

Seriously unimpressed? Really? It's an adults radio station for gods sake. There is often swearing during the day as well. I don't have it on if the younger children are around, unless it's The Archers.

CinderellaRockefeller Mon 19-Oct-15 18:53:29

Really, mentioning radio 4 is something people think is a stealth boast?

LurcioAgain Mon 19-Oct-15 18:54:45

Just don't ever listen to reruns of I'm sorry I haven't a clue with Humphrey Littleton in the chair talking about the lovely Samantha, OP. Father Christmas will be the least of your worries. grin

titchy Mon 19-Oct-15 18:55:24

FFS it was Radio 4. What were you expecting? Special fluffy wuffy items just in case a small child was listening, no adult debates about FGM, no news, other than the nice story about a donkey who had his tail seen back on?

If you were listening to CBeebies you'd have had a point, but seriously, Radio 4? confused

Cookingongas Mon 19-Oct-15 18:57:35

Yabu. It's a risk you take with radio 4. I've had some very deep conversations with my 4 year old who learnt about chemical warfare whilst you and yours played in the kitchen. It's an adult radio station. With adult content. And they certainly swear before watershed, often!

AnyFucker Mon 19-Oct-15 18:57:49

It's not a child's show


Nohopeformethen Mon 19-Oct-15 18:58:47

I would rather my dcs heard the odd swear word which they do from me anyway than have the weeks of Santa work put in each year undone like that. And I would turn it off, or discuss in an age appropriate way, anything else that came on. I can't discuss "your parents have lied to you for years" half as easily!

Notgrumpyjustquiet Mon 19-Oct-15 18:58:47

Massively unreasonable. R4 is not aimed at kids is it? It was Josie Long I think, and she is anything but a silly bint.

ouryve Mon 19-Oct-15 18:58:52

YABU on so many counts.

And lacking in imagination if you're unable to come up with "oh what a silly, miserable woman, pretending there's no Santa. Bah Humbug!"

Though, since you described her as a "bint", it's probably best that you said nothing and didn't pass such an awful attitude onto your PFB.

TurnOffTheTv Mon 19-Oct-15 19:02:01

Josie Long is fabulous!

limitedperiodonly Mon 19-Oct-15 19:03:07

Santa doesn't exist?!!

Thanks a bunch OP. Why didn't you put 'sensitive' in the title? angry

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 19-Oct-15 19:04:37

YANBU, I wouldn't be happy.

Wolpertinger Mon 19-Oct-15 19:05:21

YABU - it's an adult radio station, most children could reasonably be expected to at school and calling another woman a silly bint says more about you than it does about her.

Also if you listened to what she had to say, she had a lot of valid points. The best thing that happens in your child's life really is that once a year you lie to them hmm Can you not create magic and love for them in any other way confused

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