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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Be afraid, be very very afraid.

I swear I only think I need to watch The Today Show to get enough blog fodder to last me until the end of time.  

So I was going about my usual morning business this morning and was somewhere in between wiping the oatmeal out of El Destructo's wispy blonde-haired noggin and pouring another "skinny" pancake on the griddle for CR, and I glanced up to see what crazy current events my friends Matt and Meredith were rambling about and I saw the chyron that read:

"Parents afraid that one-armed television show host will scare children."

Or something like that.  You get the idea.

I had to rewind to catch the whole story.

So if you haven't heard, there is this female children's show television host in London who was born with *gasp* one-arm.  And before I show you what she looks like, make sure none of your small children are huddled around your computer.

Go ahead kiddies - run off and play!  Mommy will be with you in a minute!

Are they gone? Make sure they're gone.


Here she is:

Are you freaked out yet?  I sure as hell am!  What were the producers thinking casting this super duper scary chick to host a kid's television program?

Her name is Cerrie Burnell and she was uh, born with this one-armed situation. If your kids watch The Good Night Show on PBS Kids, Cerrie seems the equivalent of Nina who leads my kids through arts and crafts projects (which I am then forced to do) and yoga moves to help settle them down at night.

I saw a clip of Cerrie doing some yoga type breathing exercises with her uh, one-armed situation and it was nothing less than completely horrifying.

All I can say is thank God we don't live in London so we're not subjected to this kind of political correctness.  I, for one, do NOT want my kids to be having nightmares just so one disabled woman can feel "normal."


If you don't know I'm kidding then I'm just as scared as some of these crazy parents who think Cerrie is scaring their kids.  Who do you think I am??

When I was pregnant with CR, my first kid, the thing that depressed me the most was the thought of bringing a child into a world that I sometimes perceive to be filled with stupid people.  This story of Cerrie and knowing that ANY parent could feel they have a legitimate concern about their kids watching her ignites my depression all over again.

Boy, some people are just plain stupid.

If you want to read more, here's one story.


  1. Well, I'll be expecting CPS to be knocking on my door any moment since I willingly had my six year old watch this:

  2. Can I open my eyes yet?


    (You're right..unbelievably stoopid!)

  3. I was wondering who would post about this today. I almost did but didn't want to deal with the anger that would come seething out my body. I also had to rewind to watch it. Thanks for posting this - you handled it much better than I would have.

    Honestly, what gives me nightmares is someone showing my kids a craft and then my kids wanting ME to do the craft with them.

  4. It's beliefs like this that make me not want to get out of bed in the morning. But then again, it's beliefs like this that make me WANT to get out of bed in the morning...just so there's someone out there to refute them!

  5. unreal. or i guess, not. i swear, people NEVER cease to amaze me. not in a good way, either.

  6. What is this world coming to? What next...Maybe someone with a pimple doing the weather. I shiver at the thought.

  7. My BEST FRIEND'S son has an arm like that.

    We don't even notice.

    I need to kick some ASS.

  8. I caught the end of the story, but I'm so over Meredith, I couldn't bother rewinding. And I didn't really need another reason to shake my head at the TV these days.

    Stupid people, the world's full of 'em. Multiplying is just too damn easy for some people.

    And a huge, sincere apology - how was I not following before today!?!?! Please tell me you just added that feature - Em

  9. So what if she has a not fully formed arm?!?! This is taking the "hovering parents" synrome to a whole new level. I mean SERIOUSLY - what we can't show un-perfect people anymore? Do these idiots think you can catch it by osmosis?

  10. Are you kidding me?? This was seriously on the news this a.m.???? People are ridiculous!

  11. Holy crap!!!! What is this world coming too? I think I'm coming over to your way of thinking on this whole "stupid people" philosophy. Wow. Those who are afraid of Cerrie definitely qualify.

  12. OMG?! the world is going to heck in a hand bag! Really, don't these people have better things to do with their lives? Idiots!

  13. Being the mother of a child w/special needs (she has downs syndrome) I am the one who is afraid...truly afraid.

    How can you NOT teach your children that there are people who are "different" and have special needs.

    Absolutely insane to say it will "scare" your child. Perk curiosity sure, but then you as a parent may have to actually have a conversation w/ your little one addressing those w/ differences.

    So ask them who is really afraid?
    The child or the parent.

    Soooo I could rant 4-ever but thank you for bringing it to the table.

    I have to go make dinner now :))

  14. People will just make an issue out of ANYTHING. Sheesh!

  15. I just caught a smidgen on the Today show today and saw Kathie Lee totally use a product that was obviously there for promotional purposes and then diss on it. Like, a no-holding back DISS. Her co-host was shooting her the hairiest eyeball I ever did see on live television. And I've watched my fair share of nasty reality shows.

  16. I can just imagine what they would say if Cerrie had three arms...

  17. Oh yea. We need to round up people like this and lock them up. Because they are scary. Seriously.

    (Oh, wait. You knew I was talking about the people wanting her off of television and not one-armed, pretty blonde ladies, right? Okay, good.)

    Fer cryin' out loud.

  18. Really they are afraid for the kids, I am afraid for their ignorance.

  19. Her "one-arm situation" are hilarious. I absoolutely LOVE the way you write, my friend :-)

    PS. People ARE stupid!

  20. So glad I've been missing the Today Show these days...that would have made me crazy to see that on TV...

    There are some times I completely lose faith in humanity...

  21. I hate when children are given absolutely NO credit. My kids will ask when they see something with something..."different," for lack of a better word. They ask me politely, I tell them what the situation is, they say, "okay," and we go on with our day.

    That's it.

    Preach on, Lee...preach on. ;)

  22. No worries. I imagine the US version of the program will just CGI in an arm for the poor lady . . .

  23. I don't even know what to say... great job putting it into words without completely exploding! These parents who are afraid of/offended by this beautiful girl should be locked up - seriously I too fear for their children and the society at large for listening to them. Our kids here in this world should be so lucky to have disabilities be a normal and embraced part of everyday life, like the trusted host of their beloved educational programs!

    Okay I see I went from "i don't know what to say, into a mini rant of my own" - I'm done... for now...

  24. Okay, after much searching, I found a place on BBC's website ( where you can make a complaint - once you choose this you can choose "appreciation" - and then reference Ceebies and/or the USA today show episode. I wanted Cerrie and BBC to know that I support her and them for employing her and standing by her. I'd love to see the whole network FLOODED with appreciation and support. So try it out if you're up for it! :)


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