Cerrie Burnell, the one-handed host of the CBeebies show on the BBC is apparently causing quite the controversy among our neighbors across the pond.
According to the CNN.com article, their chat rooms are going bonkers!
Take one dad who “lamented that Burnell being on the show forced him to have conversations with his child about disabilities.” Sweet jumping jellybeans! Not an honest and open conversation with your child about the diversity of people in the world around us! How will either of you ever recover?
Is it me, or does this just make you angry? I appaud both Ms. Burnell and the BBC for putting a strong, positive disabled role model on television for children. Not only will disabled children watching her show be inspired and experience a part of themselves mirrored in the larger world, but non-disabled children will benefit from learning more about the disabled and having (hopefully) discussions with their parents about people with different abilities and the importance of treating everyone with love and respect.