The BBC is reporting:
A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned by a government agency’s awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims.
The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that “the use of pigs raises cultural issues”.
Is the humanisation of pigs in the popular culture really so offensive to Muslims?
After years of passive exposure to Porky the Pig, Miss Piggy, Piglet, Orwell’s Napoleon and Snowball and, of course, Wilbur of Charlotte’s Web I may have become desensitised to the insidious threat that such characters pose. However, it does seem like something of an overreaction. In fact, it’s seems just the sort of overreaction by a government body that I’m sure others will cite as evidence of the “Islamifascistification of Britain”, “Eurabisation” or whatever the latest idiotic buzzword is.
But it’s not just Muslims whose feelings they are hoping to protect. It’s also that other much maligned, highly sensitive minority group — commonly known as the “building trade” — who may face “cultural issues” if not protected from this literature.
They also warned that the story might “alienate parts of the workforce (building trade)”.
The judges criticised the stereotyping in the story of the unfortunate pigs: “Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?”