Stacey Solomon has slammed a Danish children’s show about a man with the world’s longest penis, saying it sends out the wrong message to young boys.
The Loose Women panellists discussed the controversial show, aimed at four to eight-year-olds, which follows animated character John Dillermand and his oversized penis, which often lands him in worrying situations.
In the show’s first episode, for example, John found himself floating over the city after balloons became tied to his groin. Yep, seriously.
While Kaye Adams found the show hilarious, Stacey was less than impressed, admitting: ‘I do have a bit of problem, because in the cartoon [the penis] is out of control!’
The star, who is mum to three boys, said she always tries to combat negative stereotypes about masculinity, adding: ‘I do feel like raising boys, there’s this narrative that boys can’t control their sexual organs.’
Referring to scenes in the show, which see the character’s penis getting him into trouble, she continued: ‘What message does that send out? Does that not send out [a message] that men are not in control of their sexual organs?’
With Kaye insisting: ‘It’s funny!’ Stacey fired back: ‘It’s not funny! And also why is it stripy?!’
She added: ‘If you wanna show people a penis, there are so many ways of showing the human body not in a sexual way.’
Kaye pointed out that the humour of the programme might help to combat the narrative of ‘male genitalia being dangerous and sexual.’
However, Stacey certainly wasn’t convinced, hitting back: ‘What is more dangerous than getting it caught on a barbeque without your will?!’
Judi Love also agreed: ‘I think it’s a little bit too much for me personally.’
Nadia Sawalha read out a statement from broadcaster DR, saying: ‘The series is about being true to oneself including your flaws, about acting with good intentions.
‘The series also acknowledges children’s growing curiosity about the body, both the things that are embarrassing and the things that are fun.
‘Kids in this age group are very curious about what they shouldn’t do, which is why that’s the starting point for the series.’
DR also added on Facebook this week: ‘We think it’s important to be able to tell stories about bodies.
‘In the series, we recognise (young children’s) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.’
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that DR responded to criticism of the show by saying it could just as easily have made a programme ‘about a woman with no control over her vagina’.
They added that the ‘most important thing was that children enjoyed John Dillermand.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.