Disabled woman “too scary” for TV according to some parents
Louise Livesey // 25 February 2009
Oh yes, presenter Cerrie Burnell has been slated by some parents – did she go topless in storytime? Did she eat a live animal on TV? No she was born with no lower right arm and apparently that makes her unsuitable for children’s TV according to some bigots.
some of the vitriolic comments on the “Grown Up” section of the channel’s website were so nasty that they had to be removed. “Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?” wrote one adult on the CBeebies website. Other adults claimed that their children were asking difficult questions as a result.
Here’s a hint to any parent struggling with this – 1. get over yourself and 2. tell your kids the truth, some times some people are born with disabilities and sometimes they develop them in later life, it’s unlikely your child doesn’t know someone who’s asthmatic, diabetic or who becomes temporarily disabled by injury – does that give them nightmares too?