Parents have begun expressing their outrage at a new Danish cartoon titled, "John Dillermand," which depicts the titular character as a man with the world's longest penis.
"John Dillermand," according to reports, translates to "John penis man" in Danish slang.
The show made its debut on a Danish children's network in January.
What are the details?
In a Thursday report from the Daily Mail, viewers of "This Morning" expressed their outrage over the cartoon, which follows the eponymous character's antics in saving the day with his excessively long penis.
According to the outlet, one parent said, "I dread my 8 or 9 year old possibly seeing that crude cartoon! What on earth!?"
Another added, "Absolutely outrageous, no way children should watch this."
A third parent noted, "The world has gone mad, kids cartoons with a character with a 20 foot long penis? WTF?"
Indeed, a simple Twitter search renders the outrage sparked by the bizarre cartoon.
One user shared concerning snapshots from the cartoon and wrote, "[D]enmark created a children's claymation show about a guy with a MASSIVE d*ck called 'John Dillermand' and these are just a few of moments from the show."
denmark created a children’s claymation show about a guy with a MASSIVE d*ck called ‘John Dillermand’ and these are… https://t.co/aj66G6Bk6k— Millennial Grandma🎄Black Lives Matter (@Millennial Grandma🎄Black Lives Matter)1610033525.0
Another user added, "What the f*** is going on in Denmark, y'all? This is a kids' cartoon (not an adult cartoon) from Denmark called John Dillermand who saves the saves the day with his d***. This is a f***ing kids' show..."
"His last name means 'Penis Man.' John Dillermand is a Danish cartoon made for four- to eight-year-olds about a man with an textraordinary penis. What in the actual f***?" another user complained.
Social media users and parents weren't the only ones to take issue with the controversial show: In a Facebook statement, Danish politician Morten Messerschmidt said kids should not be forced exposed to a cartoon depiction of a grown man's penis.
Messerschmidt, in part, wrote, "Yes, the holy ones will probably call me delicate and say I have no right to compromise on freedom of expression and la la ... But am I the only one who finds it deeply reprehensible that our children should think it's fun to look at adult peeps at DR ramasjang? Yes, I know uncle shrimp and farting humor is probably fun and incredibly learning-effective, but I don't believe that looking at adult men's genitals should be made into something common for children."
According to the Daily, Danish presenter Ulla Essendrop and Stine Liv Johansen, who is a professor in children's use of media, defended the cartoon from critics.
Essendrop said that the critical message of the show is "be who you are."
"The director of the children's channel says it's not meant to be particularly educational about bodies or sexuality," Essendrop said. "It is meant as an absurd slapstick universe that explores topics children [aged four to eight years] are beginning to be curious about. ... The director also says the main message of the show is John needs to learn to own up to his mistakes, and the creator of the show says that being who you are is more important than image."
Essendrop said that her 3-year-old son watches the cartoon and "finds it funny."
"I'm not sure he completely grasps that that 8-meter creature actually is," she added, referring to the cartoon character's penis, which, according to the show's theme song, is instrumental in saving the day with his member.
"[There is] almost nothing John can't do with his penis," the theme song points out.
Johansen said that parents should not look at John Dillermand's penis as a "sexualized penis."
"I don't think you should think of it as a penis," Johansen explained. "It's not how we would think of a penis as an adult. ... It is a penis as such, but not a sexualized penis. It is 20 foot long and striped, and I assume not anything a male individual has in his pants. It is an absurd and exaggerated body part and explores the curiosity children have of bodies that age."
A spokesperson for Denmark's DR broadcasting network told CNN that people should watch the show before formulating a negative opinion on the subject matter.
"Now the great majority here in Denmark are ... making fun of the few critics instead," the spokesperson added. "Hundreds of thousands is supporting 'John Dillermand' now. ... In Denmark it is now a huge success, and the children are watching it in big numbers."
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