You know times have changed when the Three Blind Mice are no longer sight impaired. Call me old fashioned, but I just don’t see them getting Lasik surgery. Yet, my children received a Mother Goose book recently that has turned generations of treasured nursery rhymes into diluted, politically correct versions of their former selves.
Three young mice, three young mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all ran after the poor farmer’s wife
Who has been afraid of mice all her life
Did you ever think you’d see such a sight
As three young mice that create such a fright?
It’s not just this Mother Goose rhyme which has been censored and edited. Other nursery rhymes have also been toned down because the original verses were either offensive to certain ethnicities or too violent.
For instance, Baa Baa Black Sheep isn’t black anymore. So as not to discriminate, the sheep are rainbow colored.
Humpty Dumpty escapes a shattering death fall and lives to sit on the wall another day.
Are we really taking ourselves that seriously as a society? How sensitive do you need to be in order to misconstrue something as innocent as a children’s nursery rhyme?
Next thing you know, Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat Where Have You Been will be deemed vulgar.
Vent amongst yourselves…
- J.otto Seibold: Mother Goose Meet ‘Other Goose’: 7 Classic Nursery Rhymes Re-Imagined (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mother Goose – A Great Children’s App for the iPad Updated (themactrack.com)
- Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes, by Albert Jack – review (guardian.co.uk)
- 4 Websites That Help you Read Nursery Rhymes (housewifesutopia.com)