A kids' cartoon about a character with a giant penis that sparked outrage last year is back for a second season.
John Dillermand is a Danish animation aimed at four to eight-year-olds about a man whose giant penis can do everything from save lives to steal ice-cream from children.
Critics have slammed the concept as "normalising locker room culture", and some even say it panders to paedophiles.
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Even still, Mr Dillermand, the man with the longest penis in the world, is returning to Danish children’s television for a second season.
At five minutes per episode, length is never an issue when summoning up the required concentration, reports CPH Post.
The paper said the first season of the stop motion animated series when it originally aired in 2021 ended up being one of the most talked about TV shows of the year – overseas as well as in Denmark.
The Copenhagen-based paper says many ended up praising it for addressing and normalising body issues.
They point out it is made in association with the sex education association Sex & Samfund and wants to show children they should not be embarrassed for being or feeling different.
But there were others, the newspaper reveals, who felt it panders to paedophiles and is inappropriate given the recent #MeToo movement. The word "diller" is soft slang for penis in Danish.
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Morten Skov Hansen, the head of DR Ramasjang, told the paper: “The series is made for our target audience, consisting of children aged 4-8 and it must be at their level. The series is not about sexualising the body.
“I look forward to John Dillermand once again leading the way and showing four to eight-year-olds that being different can be a gift.
“We use the universe to mirror recognisable situations in children’s lives and to generate conversations about the body, gender, rules and postponement of needs.”
The second season has been made after consultation with children from the upper half of the targeted age bracket, the paper reports.
Christian Groes, an associate professor and gender researcher at Roskilde University, said last year: “It’s perpetuating the standard idea of a patriarchal society and normalising ‘locker room culture’ … that’s been used to excuse a lot of bad behaviour from men.
"It’s meant to be funny – so it’s seen as harmless. But it’s not. And we’re teaching this to our kids.”
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