Andrew Doyle: ‘Culture warriors are now mainstream voices in society and have considerable power’

Andrew Doyle: ‘Culture warriors are now mainstream voices in society and have considerable power’

an article in the daily mail claims that the council culture mob are going after the popular children’s show paw patrol specifically the new movie version they quote a number of tweets from furious activists who call the show copper gander because it depicts the police in a positive light specifically they’re annoyed that the lead character is the police officer known as chase chase by the way is a german shepherd so at least the show is representing diverse nationalities now i’m always very wary of news stories that simply take a few tweets and exaggerate their impact a few idiots online complaining about paw patrol that’s not really news is it however this is the guardian’s review of the film it describes the paw patrol movie as authoritarian neoliberal propaganda attacks its gender essentialism and accuses it of gross right wingery and a sort of iron randian objectivism it’s a cartoon about dogs of course it’s not surprising that the guardian does this kind of thing this is after all their culture war the one its writers have been waging non-stop for the past five years while claiming that the culture war was invented by the right-wing press and the tories and look a recent study revealed which publication talks about the culture war the most oh look the guardian’s right there at the top with more than double the number of references than its nearest rival who’d have thought it it used to be the case that the culture wars were just limited to the dark recesses of social media but now it’s mainstream publications like the guardian that are taking up the mantle and getting all hot and bothered over whether cartoon dogs are sufficiently diverse it’s a bit reminiscent of the pink news who reported on the popular cartoon bluey critics wanted to know why they weren’t more disabled queer poor gender diverse and dogs of color in the show of course dogs of color have always been woefully underrepresented in children’s cartoons just look at the dogs in bluey i mean those dogs are oppressively white especially the blue one and it’s not just dogs this week the co-director of zero tolerance a scottish charity that has done some excellent work in the past relating to violence against women decided instead to go after children’s books in a gender and diversity audit of thousands of books in 21 nurseries in an interview for the bbc the charities co-director rachel adamson singled out the tiger who came to t by judith kerr for its problematic representation of gender stereotypes why isn’t the tiger gender-neutral she asked maybe because it’s a tiger and the notion of gender fluidity hasn’t really caught on in the big cat community adamson also drew a direct line between the representation of the father character who comes home at the end of the story and takes the family to t to the reinforcement of gender stereotypes that then leads to male violence and even sexual assault this is quite a claim isn’t it one not really backed up by any evidence judith kerr was an incredible woman she fled the nazis as a young girl she went on to sell over 10 million books and her story the tiger who came to tea has been a firm favorite with kids since it was published in 1968 you’d have thought a woman who’d achieved so much could be cut a little slack and if zero tolerance are really interested in tackling gender stereotypes maybe they should be talking to the snp who are pushing gender ideology in schools an ideology which rehabilitates outdated sex stereotypes and calls them progressive anyway there’s a lesson to be learned in all this i think when it comes to the culture war we do need to be wary of how the media represents it a few angry tweets from activists is not news and it can be safely ignored but when it’s coming from national newspapers like the guardian or from directors of charities being interviewed on the bbc that is worrying because it shows that the culture warriors are now mainstream voices in our society and have a considerable degree of power and although it’s a cliche it is important to hold the powerful to account
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Andrew Doyle: ‘Culture warriors are now mainstream voices in society and have considerable power’

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