December 24, 2017

"Last Christmas it was in nearly every panto in the land, including the Palladium, but this year it just feels wrong."

Said Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Pantomimes, "which stages dozens of shows around the country, [and] has dropped a routine based on a popular old TV comedy sketch - in which a male character looks up a female performer's skirt - from its production of Dick Whittington at the London Palladium" — reports the UK Telegraph.
“What I have not done and what I won’t do is change any jokes, as I don’t believe there is a link between sexual harassment and pantomime. Nobody touches anybody in pantomime. And as far as somewhere like the Palladium goes, of course the show is full of innuendo....”
An awful lot of stories will need to be changed. It's like the retirement of ethnic jokes.
The move comes after parents complained about "lewd and offensive" references to the human anatomy and adult humour in the current Manchester Opera House production of Dick Whittington, but Harrison countered this complaint by saying “do you believe you are going to come to the Palladium and see Dick Whittington and not have a joke about dick?”
Dick Whittington requires dick jokes?! I thought it was a children's story. Here's an 1859 illustration from the children's book:



Do you believe the caption is not "Here, grab my pussy"?

21 comments:

john said...

Ugh. To someone in his tighty yellowies no less.

mockturtle said...

Do you believe the caption is not "Here, grab my pussy"?

:-D Outstanding, Ann!

Darrell said...

They should come onstage and apologize to the audience for 55 minutes. At the conclusion, they can have all the females in the audience stand and take a bow. The League of Gentlemen--especially Legz Akimbo--can take over next year.

EDH said...

Monty Python would be a dead letter in today's climate.

tcrosse said...

Nix all those Are You Being Served reruns with Mrs Slocombe's pussy jokes. Burn the negatives of all those Carry On movies. Strike the name of Benny Hill from the histories. Cancel all the Pantos until this moral panic blows over.

zipity said...

As the Perpetual Outrage machine has us slouching toward the least common denominator, and vanilla is too spicy a description for the drivel that this will ultimately produce.

Etienne said...
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Big Mike said...

Turn again, Whittington,
Once Lord Mayor of London!
Turn again, Whittington,
Twice Lord Mayor of London!
Turn again, Whittington,
Thrice Lord Mayor of London!


The story of Dick Whittington and his cat may be an old wives’ tale but the man was real and very deserving of respect. The charity he established 600 years ago is still helping people today. BTW, he was Lord Mayor of London four times, not three as the story of the bells calling him back to the city says.

LYNNDH said...

Benny Hill would never be shown today. Things are getting brutal. Old Songs, Old Movies. Old Dead White Men, all are now triggering weak minds.

rehajm said...

I’m a mime!

William Chadwick said...

The "grab my pussy" thing reminds me of a funny photo cartoon I saw recently on one of the pro-freedom blogs (maybe Ace of Spades HQ, or it could have been IMAO). The photo is of a young woman reading a dark-covered paperback novel clearly supposed to be "Fifty Shades of Grey" or one of it's sequels. A word balloon indicates that the passage she's reading (with a smile on her face) is something like, "He told her with a sneer, 'I'm going to grab you by the pussy!" She's thinking, "God, I love this book!"

The irony could have been increased by having the young woman wear a pro-Hillary or Dump Trump button.

Oso Negro said...

Just a particularly virulent outbreak of Yankee Puritanism. Eventually the cult will die out like the Shakers, and the rest of us will get back to business as usual.

n.n said...

Traditionally, Puss in Boots, Dick and Jane, made sense. However, with the popular use of euphemisms, the Cat in the Hat, Richard the Lionheart, seem like triggers to something weird and depraved.

RigelDog said...

Can't help but notice that the pussy is smiling.

Sam L. said...

Oso Negro, it CAN'T be Yankee puritanism; not in Old Blighty! It be LEFTY puritanism.

Unknown said...

The Left accuses conservatives of being in favor of censorship, and the Left will censor everyone to prevent this from happening.

n.n said...

the pussy is smiling

The pussy is having a gay old time, which has relatively recently been appropriated by the male transgender/homosexual bands for their own purposes.

walter said...

"An awful lot of stories will need to be changed."

Dick Whittledown

Earnest Prole said...

That's not a pussy, it's a cranky old bearcat.

walk don't run said...

Ann, you obviously have never been to a panto. It is a uniquely British art form that appeals to kids of all ages. A panto wouldn't be a panto without lots of lewd statements. Just to make it a little stranger the lead male character such as Dick Whittington is always played by a woman and the buffoon is a female character always played by a large hulking male actor who obviously is not a woman. So when you are talking about looking up dresses it is always the dress worn by a man who is suitably shy and coy in a very male kind of way. In such a mixed up world of panto there is nothing you can be PC about unless you really work hard at it.

veni vidi vici said...

Beware the Panto of the Liano.