FWD: Disabled presenter scares children
- Disparaging comments by adults about a children's presenter have led
to an angry backlash in support of Cerrie Burnell, the 29-year-old
CBeebies host who was born missing the lower section of her right arm.
One man said that he would stop his daughter from watching the BBC
children's channel because Burnell would give his child nightmares.
Parents even called the broadcaster to complain after Burnell, with
Alex Winters, took over the channel's popular Do and Discover slot and
The Bedtime Hour programme last month, to complain about her disability.
And some of the vitriolic comments on the "Grown Up" section of the
channel's website were so nasty that they had to be removed.
"Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on
CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?" wrote one
adult on the CBeebies website. Other adults claimed that their
children were asking difficult questions as a result. "I didn't want
to let my children watch the filler bits on The Bedtime Hour last
night because I know it would have played on my eldest daughter's mind
and possibly caused sleep problems," said one message. The BBC
received nine other complaints by phone.