Monday, September 15, 2008

Beano is too PC, says former editor

Beano characters in action (Copyright DC Thomson)

Euan Kerr, former editor of The Beano, tells the Daily Telegraph today that he was asked to tone down many characters during his time at the head of the comic.

Political correctness, he says, is ruining the Beano and the Dandy. Amazingly, he had to stop Dennis the Menace's attacks on Walter the Softy in the 1980s amid fears that they encouraged "gay bashing".

You can read the Telegraph interview here.

A hat-tip for this link goes to the Forbidden Planet bog.

The PCO: British cartoon talent


John Freeman said...

I ran a story on this too ( on the downthetubes blog) with some more links and as cartoonist Lew Stringer points out, Euan still works for DC Thomson (he edits beanoMAX, so is this all just another canny PR job by DC Thomson?)