Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Humpty Dumpty

The Daily Mail reported about how the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty was given a happy ending by 'politically correct' BBC .

The Cbeebies show - Something special (The one with that rather annoying Mr Tumble!) has changed the words to the rhyme to make a happier ending. Instead of 'Put Humpty together again' the new lyrics claimed all the King's horses and all the King's men 'Made Humpty Happy again'

It makes me angry how things are changing in fears of getting complaints & being sued. I'm only 21, What's the world going to be like when I'm 41? In 20 years time! Are my Grandchildren going to be hearing completely different versions of this Rhyme all together .. Will Humpty no longer be called Humpty?

I wonder what will next have to be corrected?!

It didn't do any harm to me and I've known the rhyme & the lyrics to it since I was a little girl. Has it had any harmful effects? No!

Well I defiantly wont be singing this new version to Oli, He will be taught the traditional one with which I grew up with.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!


  1. 20 October 2009 12:58

    This is the kind of stories I tell my kids;
    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, along came mummy, cracked him open and made scrambled eggs for tea. The End. *L*

  2. 20 October 2009 13:14

    well and if people remembered the reason behind the rhyme, it wasn't exactly PC to begin with and that was the point

  3. 20 October 2009 13:22

    This isn't new - take Disney, for instance. The Disney Cinderella version conveniently leaves out the parts about the ugly step-sisters cutting off heels and toes in a vain attempt to fit into the glass slipper, as well as the birds who pecked their eyes out as Cinderella married the prince (I've read the original German fairy tale). The Grimm Bros. version was indeed grim! But I understand where you're coming from. I'm 41 and I used to love to watch Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, but those cartoons were deemed too violent and can't be found anywhere. It's sad. And stupid. Most of the crap on TV today for kids is mindless - not half as clever and entertaining as it was when I was growing up.

  4. 20 October 2009 13:23

    P.S. Stopping by from SITS to say hello!

  5. 20 October 2009 13:43

    That's ALMOST as bad as Sesame Street changing the Cookie Monster to the Veggie Monster... Almost.

  6. 20 October 2009 13:44

    Just to mention that Bugs Bunny et al can be found on Boomerang.
    I love Humpty Dumpty, when Bel was 3 she used to say wouldn't instead of couldn't which made it "Wouldn't put humpty together again!!)

  7. 20 October 2009 14:05

    I am most certainly with you. It didn't hurt my kids...I will be singing the same song to my grandchildren.

    Blessings, andrea

  8. 20 October 2009 17:46

    I'm with you on this one! These are the stories and rhymes that we all grew up with, and it is a shame to change them!
    Would Bo Peep have a cell phone because she lost her sheep! It just doesn't fit in!

  9. 20 October 2009 17:59

    I hate how everyone is always changing things for whatever reason. Nursery Rhymes and school holidays use to be fun. Now kids can't do anything in school in anymore.

  10. 21 October 2009 14:17

    Remember that song, "Hush little baby don't say a word?" I remember as a kid complaining that it didn't have a happy ending. My mom asked why and I said because in the end, the baby gets nothing but just being the "best little baby in town." I guess I was materialistic even at 6 years old!