“The use of pigs raises cultural issues.” Indeed. Many cultural issues. And questions of cultural suicide.
“Three Little Pigs ‘too offensive,'” by Sean Coughlan for the BBC News (thanks to PRJ):
A story based on the Three Little Pigs has been turned down from a government agency’s annual awards because the subject matter could offend Muslims.
The digital book, re-telling the classic fairy tale, was rejected by judges who warned that “the use of pigs raises cultural issues”.
The awards which rejected the book are run by Becta, the government’s educational technology agency.
The judging panel also attacked the book’s stereotyping of builders.
The book’s creative director, Anne Curtis, said that the idea that including pigs in a story could be interpreted as racism was “like a slap in the face”.