Well now, It seems 2021 is going to try it’s damndest to upstage 2020. Once again, it seems that we all need to stay inside, drink, and try not to die. For those of you running out of programming I have a show to recommend. It’s a brand new Danish cartoon that just premiered on Denmark’s public access network. It is a charming cartoon aimed at Danish children from ages 4-8 called John Dillermand.
John Dillermand is a guy with with the world’s longest penis “who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-breaking genitals.” I am not making this up. It seems the Danes have a history of rather unusual programming for children. Last year, the public broadcasting station premiered, Ultra Smider Tøjet (Ultra Strips Down) targeting children aged 11-13 that included a panel of nude adults. The show was defended as a way to let kids know what real bodies look like in comparison to those they see on Instagram. That might seem justifiable to some I suppose, but… um… really?
Anyway, back to John Dillermand. Diller is Danish slang for penis or “pee-pee,” so the show is basically called John Penis man. Even in Denmark which isn’t nearly as sexually buttoned up as many Americans there was a lot of pushback about a cartoon focused on a man that can’t control his penis. Especially since Denmark is currently in the middle of a #MeToo moment.
Defending John Dillermand
However, at least one psychologist, Erla Heinesen Højsted, had this to say:
“John Dillermand talks to children and shares their way of thinking and kids do find genitals funny.The show depicts a man who is impulsive and not always in control, who makes mistakes.. like kids do, but crucially, Dillermand always makes it right. He takes responsibility for his actions. When a woman in the show tells him that he should keep his penis in his pants, for instance, he listens. Which is nice. He is accountable.” Well, isn’t that special?
This makes me think I should get my cartoon, Twatwaffles out of development. I thought perhaps what today needed was a children’s cartoon about a man with a giant penis. Amirite?