PANTO bosses in Leicester are replacing them with ‘friends’
“Once upon a time in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow were falling like feathers from the sky, a queen sat at a window sewing . . .”
Thus begins the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Unless you live in Leicester, where this year the pantomime is Snow White. Just Snow White. A Christmas panto where she’ll have ‘friends’, possibly seven, but definitely no dwarfs. “Dwarf,” a spokesman for the venue explained to a local paper, “is not a term that people feel comfortable with.” Hmm.
So, politically-correct panto bosses have given Snow White’s seven ‘dwarfs’ the heigh-ho… by replacing them with ‘friends’. This is the result of daft, left-wing political correctness, and the people of Leicester have every right to feel short-changed. Is no one going to stand up for all those in society who are vertically challenged?
And what about the Christmas concert, when children were ordered to change the traditional lyrics of the Christmas song about the little donkey said to have carried the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem because they were ‘too religious’. Instead of ‘Little donkey, carry Mary’, the youngsters were told to sing ‘carry Lucy’ for fear of offending non-Christians.
Next, we’ll have the race for the first Church of England vicar to tell some tiny toddlers Santa doesn’t exist, and the first local council to erect in the town square an edgy ‘seasonal, inclusive, celebratory installation’ instead of Baby Jesus in his crib.
All this amid news that an Italian headmaster has banned Christmas concerts and carols in his school near Milan in the name of multiculturalism. He triggered protests from parents and media flak by opting to postpone the annual Christmas concert for primary school pupils until January, and rebrand it a ‘winter concert’, which will not feature any religious songs.
He’s also, reportedly, not allowing two mothers to teach Christmas carols to the children during lunch breaks. This in Italy, a primarily Roman Catholic country!
Ah, with all this talk of political correctness, it’s already beginning to feel like Christmas. And a sure sign that Santa’s already having his sleigh valeted at Kwik-Fit. Happy Christmas!
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