Wednesday, August 10, 2005
A puppeteer in Britain has been rapped for portraying Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein as villains, a report said today.I get the feeling that if only Mr de Witt had cast George Bush as the villain, he would have received a grant from the council and in invitation to participate in a local arts festival.
American-born Brent de Witt, 41, has been scolded for using the pair's characters in the traditional children's puppet play, Punch and Judy.
The show had crowds in fits of laughter - but a few dissenters at the seafront in Broadstairs, southeast England, failed to see the joke.
"I put them in the show as villains who would go and steal Punch's sausages," De Witt told the Daily Express. "It was very topical and just a bit of fun.
"But then we had a few people who did not care for it and instead of telling me they went straight to the council.
"They sent word down for me to take the characters out of the show"...
Bin Laden, cast as the devil, is defeated by Mr Punch in traditional fashion: clobbered with a stick.