“What I do hope is that children will cling on for as long as possible to their innocent sense of fun and laughter without interference from a few ‘woke’ folk.”Berwick Kaler, Britain’s longest serving pantodame.
An exhibition at the York Dungeon tourist attraction in that ancient city has come under fire for using the name of the famous 18th century highwayman, Dick Turpin. The name ‘Dick’ (an abbreviation of Richard), is also used ‘up North’ as a slang term for (a) someone who has done something stupid, and (b) nationwide for male genitalia.
Now a group of liberal hand-wringers have objected to the name as the word is too rude for their kids. God help the poor little darlings when they go to school. Dick has been used as an abbreviation of Richard for centuries.
It’s a pity that these concerned parents didn’t come and object to the freak show touring the country called the ‘Drag Queen Story Hour‘. A ‘drag artist’, well known for his inappropriate images and comments about homosexuality, indoctrinated children between the ages of 3 and 11 on the subject of ‘diversity’.
One parent welcomed the dungeon’s decision to refuse to change Dick’s name, saying: “Well done to York Dungeon for not succumbing to the small minority of cancel culture parents! He’s always been a Dick, and long may that always be the case!”
Britain’s longest serving panto dame has also defended Dick Turpin’s good name from the ‘woke folk’ who want it changing to Richard.
Berwick Kaler starred in Dick Turpin Rides Again at York’s Grand Opera House last Christmas and has previously starred in pantos at York Theatre Royal featuring Dick Whittington.
“I’ve never met Dick Turpin or Dick Whittington (nor his cat for that matter), so I can’t say if they preferred Dick to Richard!
“What I do hope is that children will cling on for as long as possible to their innocent sense of fun and laughter without interference from a few ‘woke’ folk who need to ‘wake’ up and get their sense of humour back.”
Turpin became the subject of legend after his execution, romanticised as dashing and heroic in English ballads and popular theatre of the 18th and 19th centuries and in film and television of the 20th century.
Not content with cancelling many of the favourite TV shows of the 70s, 80s and 90s because of their content or language, the woke brigade are now trying to throw names down the memory hole* to fit in with modern sensibilities.
*The alteration or outright disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records. Its origin comes from George Orwell’s “1984”, in which the memory hole was a small incinerator chute used for censoring, (through destroying), things Big Brother deemed necessary to censor.
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