Punch and Judy

Council bans Punch and Judy show over domestic violence fears

The tradition of playing the Punch and Judy show at Barry Island’s annual summer carnival stretches back as far as the festival itself.

But in the latest act of political correctness, councillors from the Welsh seaside town have knocked the puppet show on the head because they fear it will promote and trivialise domestic violence.

Despite facing opposition from a number of local committee members, officials ruled that the performance was at odds with the council’s stance on domestic violence.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As a boy, I used to see them on (primitive) television and laugh out loud. It did not make me domestically violent.

    • Alain

      Nor did they cause domestic violence for over a hundred years.

      • AlanUK

        If Wiki is to be believed*, Punch and Judy goes back to the 16th century with each generation making its own variations to the storyline.
        *(I have no reason to believe the Wiki article is at fault on this subject!)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just turn them into Achmed and Layla. It’ll be fine.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I wonder what the reaction would be like if it were “Pali Kills a Joo”. Something tells me there’d be a contingent of coppers on hand to protect *that* from any interference.

  • Alain

    More little jumped-up fascists determined to control everyone else’s life describes these council members. Nobody appointed them God.

  • WalterBannon

    What happened to diversity and all cultures are of equal value. Guess that does not apply to OUR culture.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Of course not, silly!

  • V10_Rob

    Didn’t PETA also take exception to the use of a crocodile in these puppet shows?

    Or was that a gag piece by the Onion or some such?

    It’s hard to distinguish satire from reality these days.