TV presenter Ulla Essendrop and Stine Live Johansen appeared via video link on Thursday’s This Morning where they appeared to defend the controversial cartoon which is about a man with the world’s longest penis.
The animation, which is aimed at four to eight-year-olds, has received a lot of criticism from parents for ‘sending out the wrong message’.
The programme follows animated character John Dillermand and his oversized penis, which often lands him in worrying situations.
In the show’s first episode, for example, John found himself floating over the city after balloons became tied to his groin.
Speaking about the topic on the ITV programme, Holly and Phillip questioned the experts who specialise on children’s use of media, on whether the cartoon is a ‘step too far’.
Is the cartoon a step too far? (Picture: ITV)
‘I’ve got young children,’ Holly began. ‘Children’s programming is brilliant at starting conversations, we’ll watch something as a family and we’ll go away and take about it.
‘I am just wondering what questions will be asked when they see something like this?’
Ulla, who has a three-year-old son went on to agree with Holly as she said: ‘It is a perfect conversation starter for children and parents to talk about all their curiosities regarding the body.
‘Regarding the fact we’re all different and not being concerned about what people think of your.’
Some parents have branded the cartoon inappropriate (Picture: ITV)
Phillip went on to question whether it’s a ‘good idea’ to make the enormous penis as a ‘bit of a hero’.
‘I don’t think you should think of this as a penis, it’s not a penis as we think of it as an adult,’ Stine replied.
‘Why isn’t it coming out of his knee?’ Phillip interrupted. ‘Why isn’t it coming out of his chest, why is it coming out of there?’
‘It’s out of control!’ (Picture: DR)
As Stine went on to say that it’s not the ‘penis everyone has’, Phillip weighed in again: ’20ft long and striped that’s not the penis everyone has.’
‘It is an absurd body part but it explores the curiosity that children have,’ Stine simply replied.
The discussion soon shifted to Holly quizzing them about equality as she said: ‘Parents who have got daughters have concerns because what they’ve said is “Here’s this man, whose got a penis and therefore has this superpower between his legs little girls don’t have that hang on a minute we’re already trying to address equality”.’
‘We need to be very careful not to take our adult views on gender and sexuality and put them into this absurd little narrative,’ Stine defended.
According to Ulla the creator of the cartoon are thinking about creating a female character which uses her genitalia for ‘miracles’.
‘I think in Denmark you’re much more open and I think have been praised in the past for programming for children that has been very open and actually, in many ways we have a lot to learn from you,’ Holly continued.
‘I think people are struggling because they see this right now with it being a step too far.’
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