CEO Blog – July 2018
There has been some controversy recently around what has been called ‘a harmless traditional kids show’. Did you know that the character who became Mr Punch made his first appearance in the UK back in 1662? Punch and Judy has been around for a long time, and it’s easy to see how the bright colours and grotesque visual comedy might appeal to children and even some adults. But the colourful characters and distorted voices mask a dark secret, with a subliminal message.
The Punch and Judy show portrays violence against a number of people including domestic abuse and that isn’t something we should be promoting to children or adults. Domestic abuse is a very serious matter and not an issue to be used for comedic purposes. Modern thinkers know that children see and hear more than we often give them credit for and they don’t always have the thinking skills to distinguish between the behaviour they should be replicating, and the behaviour they shouldn’t.
Encouraging anyone to laugh as abuse belittles the impact it has on victims and that is just not acceptable.