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Madeleine McCann info shown before Shrek, anyone else cross about this?

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WideWebWitch Sun 01-Jul-07 20:00:11

I was. I have chosen NOT to tell my nearly 4yo about this. I haven't discussed it in detail with 9yo ds either I CHOOSE not to put the news on in our house. I really resent this being shoved at my children before a U cert movie. Completely inappropriate imo.

jojo234 Wed 04-Jul-07 14:21:57

I came to this forum after reading in the newspaper that angry parents had objected to the advert about Madeline McCann being shown before the Shrek movie.

I couldn't believe there were people happily sitting with their kids who after watching this ad were so angry that they took the time to complain to the cinema and ad standards. Whatever offence you or your children may have experienced from being exposed to this ad is absolutely suger plum fairy stuff compared to what the poor McCann's are going through and God only knows about little Madeline. Please people, if this ad has made you see red, look at your beautiful children that are still with you and say a 'thank you' to whatever higher being you believe in.

That poor family, having to apologise for 'offence caused', must be hurt and dazed by this selfishness.


NKF Wed 04-Jul-07 14:02:38

Nobody has said they want to keep bad news from their children all the time. I don't need to check back to know that nothing so silly and unachievable was said. People have chosen a different way of managing news with their children to you. In order to win your point, you are exaggerating and ridiculing their position into some extreme form of mollycoddling.

slim22 Wed 04-Jul-07 13:59:24


haychee Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:56

A public gathering raises awareness, keeps her image in the public eye. Id certainly want my daughter to be shown everywhere to everyone until she was found

NoodleStroodle Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:43

Well done tree!
I came too early...

magicfarawaytree Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:27

was it me?

MamaMaiasaura Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:25

Hathor please dont be a dick

SueBaroo Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:23

and edging ever closer..

magicfarawaytree Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:10


NoodleStroodle Wed 04-Jul-07 13:58:00


MamaMaiasaura Wed 04-Jul-07 13:57:59

Sorry type - should have said @we are not neerssarily'

Hathor Wed 04-Jul-07 13:57:38

Nine hundred and ninety 5

MamaMaiasaura Wed 04-Jul-07 13:57:26

Haychee - We are necessarily keeping it secret. [sigh] Some of us have told our children what we feel is suitable. The advert takes the chioce away from the parents of how much they want to say. I am suprised, giving that you have gone away to think about it, that you still cannot see that our argument is that we we not given a choice. I had already told my ds but I didnt tell him she was snatched from her bed. Unecessay and scary detail for a child imo, neither did the advert make it clear the childrne did not have their mum or dad around them.

{sigh] you seem so stuck in the I am right you are wrong attitude you cant actually see what people are trying to say.

magicfarawaytree Wed 04-Jul-07 13:57:13

does it count to cheat to get to 1000!

haychee Wed 04-Jul-07 13:57:07

No im not! There are parents who have written here that there is absolutely no way they want their children to find out, they want them to be carefree. Read back and will see them there.

ELF1981 Wed 04-Jul-07 13:56:11

How is a public gathering going to help?

Do you really think that if we gather around in a big group that the person(s) who have taken her will just say "oh right, okay, I'll just give her back then".

Besides, that's going off the point of the thread.

Kids need to know about safe sex and drugs as well, but it doesn't mean I'd be happy seeing an advert for the like before a U film.

Time and place, and all that.

Hathor Wed 04-Jul-07 13:55:30

Nine hundred and ninety two

NKF Wed 04-Jul-07 13:55:12

Good afternoon rather.

NKF Wed 04-Jul-07 13:54:48

Good morning, Haychee. There are no parents who think they can keep all the bad news in the world a secret from their kids. You are arguing against a point of view that exists only in your imagination.

haychee Wed 04-Jul-07 13:50:46

It appears that we do not all have the same view. This is most probobly because we all have very different children who would react enitely differently.
I want to say very good luck to those parents who think they can keep all the bad stuff in the world a secret from their kids, but im certain this tactic will backfire! I read here that one parent is certain that their child of 7or8 has no idea of madeleines plight. This astounds me! Surely this 7or8 year old attends a school with other kids?! I know for certain that madeleine has been bought up at my daughters school assembly and they have prayed for her safe return.
It is quite obvious that some parents are outraged and they are entitled to have the choice as to how and when such an issue is released to their children, but surely 60 days+ is enough of a timescale to have been able to have done this?!
Of course there is the issue of age and the abilities of a 2year old and a 8year old to be able to fully comprehend the ad. That is why us as parents should be able to be confident about talking openly to our children at a level which suits their own individual emotional stability. I know how to approach my children with regard to such a topic and those parents who are worried about their children finding out need to be able to find that level which suits their child.
Noone wants to have to upset or unduly worry their children, but some are just feisty, strong and think they are invincible. When of course we all know that there is danger everywhere in society and some kids need that reminder!
Having written on here yesterday i am now far more aware that some kids will be upset and worried about madeleine and i can understand how that inturn makes parents want to keep it a secret. But, realistically how can you shield them from the news? By turning off the tv and radio? What worries me the most is when a parent chooses to keep it all hidden from the children, what happens when they find out snippets of information in the playground? Maybe they will imagine the missing gaps and make it up in their head or will they dwell on it quietly and suffer in silence? Id prefer to have got it out in the open and discussed it with my children, that way they have the story straight and they will not be shocked by overhearing or seeing something youd prefer them not to know.

As you may have guessed, i am fully backing the promotion of madeleines campaign at any outlet that seems appropriate, and any public gathering would seem highly appropriate to me.

NoodleStroodle Wed 04-Jul-07 13:48:52

Didn't see it at Kingston Odeon on Sunday (but we were a bit late). Would have been furious as I took DD's friends and I have no idea what their mothers would have thought plus having to answer lots of questions...

Show it to an audience that aren't then going to be scared out of their wits i.e. adults not those viewing a U cert.

I expect it was all planned and done in good faith but perhaps without consideration to who the actual audience would be.

WaynettaWiggumSpice Wed 04-Jul-07 13:48:07

Are we there yet?

NKF Wed 04-Jul-07 13:46:42

The advert hasn't been stopped, just restricted to films for people
over a certain age. Sorry, bit pedantic I know.

Hathor Wed 04-Jul-07 13:45:56

Power to the people.

Amaris Wed 04-Jul-07 13:43:47

Stopping this advert has made the front page of our local paper - article linked from here - it says "The move comes after hundreds of complaints were posted on the website Mumsnet about the clip being shown before the children's film, Shrek the Third"

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