Posted by Dom
Shocking news in the papers today; Dennis the Menace’s harmless brand of anarchy in The Beano has been toned down since the late 1980s, over fears that his treatment of Walter the Softie could be classified as ‘gay-bashing’.
‘It’s political correctness gone mad!’ is now a massively clichéd and over-used phrase, but it does seem apt here. John Midgeley, co-founder of The Campaign Against Political Correctness, sums up the anger: ‘It’s a great shame that in recent years this national institution has been watered-down to placate a tiny minority of humourless, do-gooding adults’.
The censoring of Dennis prompts another question: what other popular classics have been watered down and altered without our knowledge over the years?