Perusing my way through the hustle and bustle of Camden Market the other day I came across a second hand book stall and boxes of childrens annuals out the front. Flicking through the box, of what could quite easily have been from my childhood, I came across Rupert Bear.
I was shocked. Rupert, smiling proudly on the cover, had a brown fur face and human (yes, HUMAN!) hands. I thought I remembered him as a lovely, cuddly, fluffy, pure white bear with paws as bears should have. I mean, yes he was a fairly anthropomorphised bear, but he was 100% bear nonetheless, no human body parts. What are we trying to teach children if this classic kids character is a mish mash of species?!
The best example I can find of this utter inappropriateness is this plush character:
I’ll let you decide whether you want your children playing with this.