'Twinkle Twinkle' Takes on Whole New Meaning With Politically Correct Police

starsAs if parents of toddlers don't have enough to worry about, now you have to pay attention to the way your kid interprets a star, because guess what -- he or she could be flashing something that's representative of female genitalia. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is, but in the U.K., at least one school has gone so far as to change the hand gestures its toddlers do while singing the famous song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to avoid any possible offense.

It seems the traditional toddler's version of a star -- pressing the thumbs and pointer fingers against one another to make a diamond -- is quite similar to the sign language symbol for a woman's vagina. So in order to risk offending the deaf population with a bunch of toddlers holding up the "offensive" symbol, they changed it to something else -- what I'm not sure.

Talk about a need for context.


It's such a ridiculously over-the-top move that it's almost laughable ... if it wasn't such a sad statement about how overly sensitive our world has become. Toddlers are so innocent, and anyone who would take offense at this star symbol that kids have made since the beginning of time really needs to get a life.

Jill Hodges, assistant director of education, childrenk, and young people's services at the City of York Council, told the BBC:

The decision was taken to prevent deaf children or deaf parents being offended by the use of the gesture and to ensure that the correct signal was used. However, parents have not been banned from using the other sign and City of York Council does not have a policy over this matter.

Well, thank goodness for that. In the privacy of their own home, kids can still flash vagina symbols wherever they want. The only thing this is going to do is bring attention to the similarity between symbols, and soon there will be plenty of older kids -- who do know better -- with a sudden fondness for this childish song.

While the consideration for the feelings of the deaf is admirable, I honestly think most of that population would take offense that people would think they would be offended by something like this. Kids should be able to make a star anyway they choose and twinkle as brightly as they can without the politically correct police trying to snuff them out.

Do you think it's ridiculous that a school would change the way kids symbolize a star because it might be offensive?

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