Zoe wrote:I've pondered this and I think it's because of the difference in setting and the figure of the devil being used. I don't have a problem with people doing a parody of Corbyn, but repeatedly suggesting he is the devil in a children's show in a way that frightened a child is probably going too far, particularly when that message is reinforced by the media.
There is also a difference between saying someone is a witch (though I think it's really sexist to call Thatcher a witch, she was an evil Tory but it's nothing to do with her being a woman) and saying someone is the devil.
When you compare the two figures, the devil is a universal character that represents the underworld and all that is evil, whereas a witch is a fairly benign figure. This is why it has to be qualified as a wicked witch, as opposed to the good witch of the north. You don't get the good devil of the north and the wicked devil, it's just the devil.
I also think that parents shouldn't have to expect a highly politicised Punch and Judy. There are often 'baddies' but it's universal figures rather than anything too extreme.
Thebunhouse wrote:stop being so PC.
Zoe wrote:Yes, I don't see any reason to not be PC. Being PC is about respecting others and being polite and considerate, along with not being a bigot. What's so wrong with that.
Men are not called witches, it's used for women along with terms like old hag. I'm from a mining village and both sides of my family were miners. For us Thatcher was the enemy, but I still see no reason to be sexist about her.
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