The BBC have had 9 complaints have been sent in by people saying that CBBC presenter Cerrie Burnell she may "scare children." One father said that he wants to ban his daughter from watching the channel because he fears she may 'suffer nightmares'. I wonder how those parents feel about having a statue of a man with one arm in Trafalgar Square?
Cerrie Burnell told Sky News "It can only be a good thing that parents are using me as a chance to talk disability with their children," she said. "It just goes to show how important it is to have positive disabled role models on CBeebies and television in general."
There is a 1251 member facebook group set up already. They say:
For anyone without toddlers, Cerrie is new on CBeebies, the BBC's channel for young children - she's gorgeous and she's a brilliant presenter.
One of the crucial ways disabled people are changing the world, is simply by being seen in public roles and being ourselves. CBeebies in recent years has been exemplary in including disabled people - it is important that we have disabled people on kids TV.
This is one of the ways we grow a society which is not afraid of disabled people because they are kept out of sight. We change the minds of our youth by just presenting a truer picture of society and who is in it.
Firstly, let's show Cerrie that those who support her outnumber those who have a personal problem with prejudice.
Secondly, let's show the BBC that although a few people have complained, that we think Cerrie is a brilliant presenter and those of us who support her presence on kids TV outnumber those who would rather disabled people were hidden away in dark places.
Let's show the BBC that they get it right by being an equal opportunities employer.
Cerrie is helping show our youngsters that we live in a beautiful and diverse world and that it is great!
Please contact the BBC here and show your support, : http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/contact/forms/tv_form.shtml
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