Toy manufacturer Playmobil has released a new play set that is really getting under the skin of anti-gun activists. As a part of Playmobil's "City Action" series, the "Bank and Safe" set features a lady bank robber sticking up a seemingly helpless bank manager. Although, said bank manager sure seems to happy about it.
The bank manager is big on positive gender roles.
Speaking to The Mirror, the chairman of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime Danny Bryan (not the wrestler) said “We don’t want to be encouraging young people to look at these sorts of things. I think it is horrendous that young people are given all these images to shape them.”
So guys, listen. If we're going to be consistent, and say that video games don't make kids violent, we must emphatically state that cartoon bank robbery play sets don't make kids violent. More to the point, if Bryan is right, and this play set actually affects the minds of children, than absolutely everything affects the minds of children.
I think it is horrendous that young people are given all these giraffes to shape them.
The outrage is obviously unnecessary. Playmobil isn't dealing with LITERAL bank robbers here, they're dealing with the mythological "bad guy". The bank robber represents the ephemeral other, the taker, the powerful. There's ultimately nothing here more real than a Darth Vader or The Joker action figures. Because as they grow up and explore the world, children are going to be confronted by the others, by the takers, by the powerful. And they learn to defeat that darkness by using mythology to explore it. And if they've been sheltered from them, they will be defeated by them.
It's like sending children into an MMA fight without ever having gone to karate class — they will be defeated because they will be frightened and confused.
PLACE YOUR BETS NOW.
Besides, it won't be long before this play set stops even making sense to children. I mean, robbing a bank in person to get physical money? In maybe two years, our money is going to be nothing but imaginary internet numbers in our PayPal accounts.
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