Years ago when my kids were very small, I had a strictly controlled TV watch list. The television was normally turned off but when it was on, I rationed it to limited doses of Barney (the purple dinosaur) and Blues Clues (a blue dog). Recently on CBC Radio I heard about a new Danish children’s show creating quite a stir. It’s about John Dillermand who has an un-naturally long and uncontrollable magic penis which gets him into all kinds of trouble.
My initial reaction was “That’s a joke. Maybe a parody of a soon to be ex- president.” But no, a quick search found several other articles about the show.
Denmark’s flagship broadcaster (DR) has suffered blowback over its newest children’s TV program, “John Dillermand” — an animation starring a man with a penis so massive and flexible it can save children from danger, fetch objects from a river and operate as a pogo stick.Denmark debuts new children’s TV show about a man with a huge and uncontrollable penis. By Rob Picheta, CNN. January 7, 2021
Defending the show, however, is Morten Skov Hansen, head of DR’s children’s department, who insists the series isn’t about genitals but “about being true to one’s self — including your flaws.” He says the show also “acknowledges children’s growing curiosity about the body: both the things that are embarrassing, and the things that are fun.”Danish Broadcaster Defends Kids Show About Man With Superhuman Penis: ‘It’s as Desexualized as It Can Possibly Get’ By Elsa Keslassy. Variety. January 8, 2021
Watching this video made me slightly uncomfortable. But you know what? I watched a re-run of Barney and Friends and that made me uncomfortable too. There’s something creepy about a man in a purple suit playing with kids.
Maybe John Dillermand is not such a horrible concept. He’s a person who’s body does outrageous things but once he accepts his difference, he learns how to use his magic for good.
Still. I wonder what the female equivalent would look like.
I won’t be adding this show to my kids TV watch list, even if it is twenty five years later.
Not in Denmark. January 2021