The Daily Star, famous for its in-no-way contradictory support for race hate organisation the English Defence League and its deep concern about the portrayal of ethnic minorities in the media, has jumped on the 'Ban Rastamouse' bandwagon.
Today's paper tells us:
"PARENTS are demanding a Rastafarian mouse is banned from children's telly after claiming it is racist... Mums deluged the BBC with almost 100 complaints demanding that the show is axed as it might offend black viewers."
That's really not very many complaints, though the Star's newfound cultural sensitivity is to be applauded. Though the word "might" suggests The Star hasn't gone to the most rigorous lengths to understand the degree to which Rastamouse may have caused any genuine offence before backing a called-for ban.
The attempt to stir outrage though becomes increasingly desperate.
Bear in mind this must be the most critical, panicked quote The Star could find from any concerned parent, it quotes one mother saying:
"The thing that I'm most worried about is my daughter knowing/saying words like Rasta."
That's the thing you're most worried about, really? Lucky you.
Elsewhere in Fleet Street one can only imagine how conflicted that other champion of multiculturalism The Daily Mail must be about the whole Rastamouse thing. It's easy to imagine how keen they must be to commission another almost unfathomably witless Gary cartoon showing the final moments of Rastamouse as he struggles in the grips of Downing Street's new mouse catcher 'Larry' the cat, (the message of which would likely be a Daily Mail-style mind fart about the Coalition ending a 'free ride for foreign religions' or taking a stand on the spiritual and recreational use of cannabis.)
But then, the Mail has to leave Rastamouse alone because to ban him on race grounds, of course, would be 'political correctness gone mad' – and that really is the thing they're most worried about.