Wednesday, 3 July 2013

UK Supermarket Withdraws Horror Colouring Book

Tesco has withdrawn a horror film colouring book from sale after it was found being marketed to children.

Before we get into this, let me take you back to 1984, a Horror film is under serious scrutiny and protest for featuring a killer Santa and parents are not happy about it, the film was "Silent Night, Deadly Night".

The reason I bring this up is to show you that when it comes to certain parents they don't like things that are associated with their children to be messed with, especially by the Horror genre.

When I first heard the news about the Horror colouring book incident I laughed, mainly for 2 reasons:

1) I didn't understand the problem with it, I know plenty of kids that would love this book.

2) Ummm..... I want one for myself!

Funny thing is though, there wasn't many complaints reported, a guy called Chris Tuckwood found the book on sale while looking for a present for his seven-year-old grandson. He stated:

“It was advertised as being suitable for kids from five to eight - I don't think so! It is unbelievable that they can sell such a thing aimed at kids. I don’t think I have to say why it’s unsuitable, that is obvious. Who on earth are they employing that thinks this is OK?”

When I was young I craved stuff like this, I loved drawing monsters, I still have a picture poster I drew and coloured in of the one and only 'Freddy Kreuger' , complete with blood and slash marks. I was 7 years old.

The book's creator Mel Elliott had her own statement to make about the matter:

"The front cover of ’Colour Me Good Arrggghhhh!!’ features a drawing from the horror movie, ’Psycho’ in which a woman is stabbed to death in the shower, I believe that this one image is a fairly large clue that this is not a book aimed at children.”

And that's the point right their, as a parent it's your choice whether you buy it or not for your children, the cover alone should be the give-away of what it features.

To me, the fact this has made worldwide news is dumbfounding. Was anyone hurt or harmed? No, just a few people who felt the need to over-react to the situation and I can guarantee it won't be the last time something like this happens.

The people I truly feel sorry for in all of this is the kids out there who are just like I was at their age, I would've absolutely loved something like this and my parents never batted an eyelid at my drawings of monsters. They are the ones who will truly miss out because of the over-reaction of certain people.

The product has now been withdrawn from the store. I'm not off to look for the book myself, honest ;)

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