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March 20, 2010

Fat Balls

Filed under: Random stuff - uncategorisable — chriscroft @ 1:26 pm

I just read that Asda are going to rename those balls of fat that you can put out for the blue tits because people can’t cope with the name, finding it too rude.  The same with cock soup, apparently.  And I’m thinking, are people more easily offended nowadays, or more dirty minded, or just losing their sense of humour?

My analysis is that there are three reactions to fat balls and similar names:

1 – not notice anything untoward

2 – amused by it (that’s me by the way!)

3 – offended

and I think that the evolution of UK society has gone through these stages; the innocence of the 1950s and 60s, the fun of the 70s and 80s, and now the political correctness of the 90s and noughties.

But then I’m thinking,in order to be offended you have to notice it, you have to have that sort of mind in the first place, in which case, can you really claim offence?  Unless of course a type 2 tells a type 1 about it (e.g. kids laughing and pointing it out to their mum) and then the type 1 changes to type 3.

But I’ll be sad to see the little laughs in the supermarket gradually being stamped out by the PC brigade.

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4 Comments »

  1. Quite agree re Fat Balls, but please everyone, stop attributing every piece of stupidity to “political correctness gone mad”. PC has its place (fat balls=OK; fat poof=not OK). Double entendre’s not exactly new – the saucy seaside postcard man, who’s name escapes me, was censored for years. Presumably Jules and Sand got away with it because the type 3s didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.
    You wanted comments and I’ve just given you one, ooh er missus.

    Comment by steve thomas — March 25, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  2. I agree – though not sure who Jules and Sand are….

    Comment by chriscroft — March 27, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    • Jules and Sandy were the creation of Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick on the radio show “Round the Horne” c 1960s. Much of their dialogue was in “palare”, gay slang prevalent at the time. They were totally outrageous, and a brilliant foil to Kenneth Horne’s somewhat confused straight man.

      Comment by steve thomas — March 29, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

      • Aha! I always wondered why the Morrissey album called Picadilly Palare was called that! And yes, Kenneth Williams – totally hilarious!

        Comment by CC — March 29, 2010 @ 3:46 pm


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