Mr Rude will be French & smelly
(Image from the Sun)
Nothing to see with advertising, but sometimes you come accross something that leaves you speechless. I used to love the Mister Men. I had them all when I was little.
But come on! Why so much hatred? Did one of the creators have his girlfriend cheating on him with a French dude? Is that a cheap shot at revenge?
Are French people the only target that is still considered as politically correct to poke fun out?
A Five spokesman said: “The fact Mr Rude has a French accent is meant to be light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek, and no offence to the French.”
The character even invites children to pull his finger – and then breaks wind.
Let’s remember the target audience here:
“Mr Men is a comedy show for four to seven-year-olds.
It’s true that kids nowaday are a lot more mature than they were in my time and I’m sure a 4 year old will be able to understand the subtelty and the second degree of it all, and that it’s in no way a real representation of how French people really are (ahem).
But they were apparently right to do so, they have a very good excuse indeed:
The show’s makers Chorion said the English view of the French as impolite was well-known.
Alright then! That’s ok to be a little racist, but only if everyone thinks the same. I guess Mr Drunk, Mr Chav and Miss Asbo would have been harder to market.