The latest target of these close-minded individuals and trashy tabloids whose sales rely on getting their readers angry about one thing or another, is Dennis in Beano. The "Menace" part of his name has been dropped and some parents are apparently up in arms about it, with the leader of all things trashy, The Sun, going so far as to say he's been "changed into a softie". Laughable. If you read back on Dennis strips from decades ago he can come across as a bit of a school bully in his treatment of Walter etc., even though that was never the original intention obviously. But the world has moved on. This and the smacking of him with his dad's slipper are simply things which a child's hero can't be seen to be partaking in these days. This shouldn't need to be explained, but apparently for some it does.
Former Oink! cartoonist, and Beano contributor obviously, Kev F Sutherland was invited onto Sky News to discuss the changes that have happened to Dennis and he does a brilliant job of setting the record straight:
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Dennis is still the same mischievous character and I love the idea of Walter being the kind of person Kev describes here. It all sounds like the perfect modernisation of characters originally created in another time. I can fully understand nostalgia, but sometimes it's the harking back to simpler times and our own childhood, all of it and not just the comic/cartoon/character, that we're doing. Rose-tinted glasses are one thing, but getting angry over a children's comic character to the degree some have when it's no longer aimed at them is quite ridiculous.
To those people: It's not about you anymore. It's about the kids. Just as it always has been.
UPDATE: Lew Stringer has written a piece about this on his own blog which shows just how pathetic the British tabloids are and how easily people can overreact to something which has absolutely nothing to do with them. He also points out just how long ago this actually happened! Definitely worth a read!