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Hm, Rolf Harris has now fallen afoul of the Yew Tree. There seems to be no end. One wonders how many former idols will fall and who will be next? Has the british showbiz elite done nothing but entertain the nation and abuse the nation's youth all those decades?
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I have been given to understand that there is currently a discussion going on in some part of the internet about whether or not "The Sun" should discontinue Page 3. This made me laugh because scouring my inner databanks I found myself convinced that they had done just that ages ago. It would appear that I was mistaken. Possibly I was thinking of "Bild", the German "Sun"-equivalent, equal in all ways except that their breast-b(e)arers were on page one.
I don't know. For some reason I cannot get worked up about this issue. It's not so much "Ah, come on, it's just a bit of harmless fun!" but more "If I were to look at what I don't like about The Sun, there would be some considerably more important aspects before I would think of the naked women on page 3".
Don't get me wrong: Now the articles have made me think about it, I am more convinced than ever that Page 3 is a relic from a bygone era to be left behind post haste but then, so is The Sun.
And what scares me most of all is that anybody could consider that shitrag a "family newspaper". Children need to be protected from filth like this!
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The other day, while doing our weekly shop, I bought for my two children Benjamin and Ofelia, a packet of Haribo Maoam lemon-and-lime confectionery. It was only after I was leaving the checkout that I noticed the appalling illustration on the packaging. This consists of a lemon and lime locked in what appears to be a carnal encounter. the lime, who I assume to be the gentleman in this coupling, has a particularly lurid and distasteful expression on his face.

I demanded to see the shop manager and during a heated exchange my wife became quite distressed and had to sit down in the car park.

I was told to register my complaint with the manufacturer. I'm glad I spotted this before my young children, who are both very sensitive.

My wife and I have always tried to maintain their innocence - and to think our years of careful parenting could have been wrecked by, of all things, a sweet wrapper makes me livid.

I received a reply from the company saying that the wrapper design had been introduced in Germany in 2002 with a view to making the fruit figures 'more modern and lively' to 'better appeal to the consumer.' It said 'at no point was it intended to create sexual images.' It had been shown to a number of children and adults of different age groups, none of whom has made any comments referring to sexual content.

I consider this response to be less than satisfactory. As a member of our local church, I'm now urging other members of our flock to boycott Haribo products until this illustration is removed.

SIMON SIMPKINS
Pontefract, West Yorkshire.


http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/nw.htm#Bitter_and_Bonkers_3952

How terrified do you have to be of sex to see something filthy in cartoon fruit? And think that it will corrupt your children?

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