British parents are eschewing traditional fairy tales because of their “un-PC” and “frightening” tone. With Hannah Montana and the cast of High School Musical XXVIII being the icons of the ‘tween set, worrying about giving a four year old the creeps by reading to them about Hansel and Gretel becoming hors d’oeuvres seems a little counterintuitive.
Every parent wants their offspring to be special. There’s a seemingly worldwide view that every set of breeders gave birth to a unique little snowflake with the potential for greatness. Any potentially offensive messages, pesticide covered fruits, vaccinations, or audible swear words might squelch a kid’s capability to eventually come up with a cure for cancer, or become president. What child doesn’t like imaginative myths with fantastic creatures and weird occurrences? A boring child. And those are the real threat to society.
– Ainsley Drew