why not make Dennis gay?
Oh I forgot the BBC would never allow a gay to be butch and sporty they can only be the Graham Norton stereotype.
Dennis is no longer a menace then is he? Far from getting an ASBO he’s likley to get a good conduct medal. If you gave him a silly ‘street’ accent, a knife and a bag of crack and made the dog a Rotwieller it would be more believable……
Hold on hold on hold on. By doing this the BBC are just pandering to the typical stereotype that gay men are pathetic wimps who’ll get bullied. What a load of cock. We should revolt. No wonder they hate us…
Hahah! We want to combat homophobia so we’ll give him a girl friend! Walter is ex-gay!
Another Idiotic move against common sence. Last time it was Billy Bunter, in case he was responceable for children eating too much!
Local Councils must not say we are all reading from the same hymn-sheet in case it upset the atheists!
@Abi1975 said: “why not make Dennis gay?”
BBC doesn’t acknowledge the existence of gay people on children’s TV. In fact words such as ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ are completely banned these days, I believe.
Why do my comments always get deleted????
great idea! another couple of characters should be outted too- if minnie the minx isnt a lesbian i dont know who is…
are you serious?! if thats the case hen something needs to change. now!
Pathetic. The next generation of kids will grow up to be namby-pamby soft little wimps protected by cotton wool because of all the nasty bullies, paedophiles and big kids out there.
The children of today are going to turn into a nation of “Walters”.
I read Dennis the Menace as a kid, and all the others, kids like to be anti-social and rude and anti-establishment and making fart noises behind teachers backs. You haven’t grown up until you’ve had a scrap and a bloody nose.
I think they should give Walter a hot boyfriend. And let Walter kick the s**t out of Dennis, as well as insulting his hair and fashion sense.
RobN that sort of attitude/behaviour end in the kid in prison as an adult or blown up as a 18 year old in Afghanistan or just another drunken thug at the weekend.
Yes unfortunately I am serious about this. In fact things are even worse. The BBC used to have a message board for kids who are bullied. The problem is that messages about homophobic bullying – one of the most common forms of bullying – weren’t allowed through. When I drew attention to this fact BBC management shut down the message board altogether for new posts. If you want more details check my Memorandum (E65) to the House of Commons Equality Bill Committee
Abi1975: A bit of boyish pranks and hijinks never hurt anyone. I was just waiting for some prat to blow the whole thing completely out of proportion and throw the usual PC spanner in the works. Thanks, you admirably rose to all my expectations.
It’s people like you that ban kids playing conkers in case they brain themselves falling out of trees, or panto actors from throwing sweets into the audience in case they twat some kid in the eye with a toffee.
RobN I bet you read the Daily Mail LOL ;)
Abi1975: No I don’t, but I bet you read telephone directories.
Yep, kids need to learn to fend off paedophiles by themselves. Every time they fail, it’ll just want to make them try harder at protecting themselves the next time.
The children of today are going to turn into a nation of “Walters”.
And? Walter’s a nice guy, well-educated, too. Dennis is a little shit. An entertaining little shit, but still a little shit nonetheless.
You haven’t grown up until you’ve had a scrap and a bloody nose.
I’d say you haven’t grown up until you’ve stopped treating such things as a badge of honour.
And it’s people like you who thought the Jews should’ve stuck up for themselves better against Hitler. AHAHAHA LOLOLOL EXAGGERATIONS!!! I’M SO CLEVER!!! Muppet.
“And it’s people like you who thought the Jews should’ve stuck up for themselves better against Hitler. AHAHAHA LOLOLOL EXAGGERATIONS!!! I’M SO CLEVER!!! Muppet.”
Whether it’s an exaggeration or not, you’ve still brought a very, very serious subject into a ‘debate’ that did not call for it in the slightest. It’s about ‘Dennis The Menace’ for God’s sake!
The Jews in Nazi Germnay isn’t something to be trivialised and used willy-nilly by people who just want to sound clever.
That was my round-about way of invoking Godwin’s Law – that the longer an argument goes on, the more inevitable a comparison to Nazis becomes. I was doing it to mock RobN and his tendency to fly off the handle and make wild accusations all the time, not just about Dennis the Menace, but about any old topic that comes up.
I can be pretty vicious at times and I forget that it’s not just me and the person I’m arguing with in the room. I actually thought “wait, this sounds really offensive”, but then decided it was RobN I was talking to, so it doesn’t matter (he wouldn’t care). But it’s not him that’s going to be offended, is it? Selective blindness, I guess. I’ll try to be less volatile and more considerate in future.
Crumbs, aren’t we all supposed to be on the same side here? Let’s calm down a bit.
Ah, I feel a bit of a t*t now. Sorry I went a bit ‘off’ then Pumpkin.
I agree that Children’s BBC stays well clear of gay issues, but one programme seems to have slipped passed the censors – Each episode of Bear Behaving Badly ends with Barney Harwood (who is totally hot in a cute sort of way) and Nev the Bear going to bed together! That Nev is one lucky bugger!
“if minnie the minx isnt a lesbian i dont know who is…” I think Beryl the Peril is! Is she from Beezer or Topper? I can’t quite remember!
So we all feel like offensive twats on here now? Oh good. I don’t. And anyway, was Dennis the Menace Jewish? Who cares? The holocaust was all a bit of an Israeli publicity stunt anyway, we know that never happened.
Incandescent yet, Pumpy?
I’ve told you a hundred thousand times before to stop exaggerating.
Haha! No worries! If it makes you feel better, I apologised because I knew what I was doing was wrong, but did it anyway for whatever reason. I had unresolved guilt issues that you merely reminded me of. Better?
So we all feel like offensive twats on here now? Oh good. I don’t.
It would just be out-of-character if you did, of course.
Give Walter a boyfriend.
If anyone looks at ‘Dennis The Menace’ and is over the age of ten, then they deserve a good kick up the silly arse and told to stop being so bleedin’ stupid!
Tom had a great idea. Tom said they should give Walter a hot boyfriend. And let Walter kick the s**t out of Dennis, as well as insulting his hair and fashion sense.
But I think I can improve on that idea. I think Walter should have a hot boyfriend who is the top jock in the school. Walter is far too soft to do anything to stop Dennis, so whenever he gets any hassle Walter’s hot boyfriend beats Dennis to a pulp!
It fits in with a certain stereotype that gentle, non aggressive people who like stamp collecting and other “effete” activities are undeniably gay.
That’s prejudice I’m afraid, dear BBC.
Dennis was born in 1951. He is too old to go Gay Bashing.
So just how did the Teletubbies get away with Tijnkey Winky if the BBC is not so gay friendly. Is it because they thought people would not notice that he is a male? Makes me laugh to see him put on the ballet tutu and street wise Dipsey runs away and refuses to wear it (prefering Karate moves instead!) Yet they all love one another and have big hugs so thats alright……
Well now after all Dennis the Menace isn’t real any more than Noah and the Ark or Jesus Christ or for that matter I rather doubt Mohammed was either, so we are getting all up in the air over some imaginary little boy who is only found on paper. But I can see the point of having a story line where the main character attacks a stereotype gay character whereas undeveloped minds will take it as reality (after all aren’t they programmed to believe God, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are real as well?)and go out and attack gays.
Dennis the Menace isn’t real any more than Noah and the Ark or Jesus Christ or for that matter I rather doubt Mohammed was either
Actually, I’m pretty sure Muhammad is almost certainly real. He was a tribal leader who had dealings with and corresponded with many verifiable historical figures. There’s much less evidence for the existence of other religious founders, such as Jesus and the Buddha, but I think there’s a good chance they really did exist.
Why would an atheist like myself think that? Well, it just makes sense, logically speaking. It’s MUCH easier for a real person to start a religion and then to have their lives embellished by later storytellers than it is for people to invent a character and try to convince everyone that not only was he real, but that he should be worshipped, too. Even mythical figures like King Arthur are thought to at the very least be amalgams of various historical figures.
Then again, characters like Noah are definitely fictional. Still, when there’s the POSSIBILITY that they might be real, I’d be willing to bet on it (so long as there’s some good evidence for it), if only because it’s easier for real people to influence others than it is for fictional characters.
Totally off-topic, but sorting historical fact from fiction is something that interests me.