Left red-faced

This is RT, Putin’s rag, so take that into account, but I can’t find other news sources reporting on it yet:

London borough apologises for having actor in bare-bottomed monkey costume with mock genitalia encourage kids to read more books

Long but compelling headline, do admit. If that doesn’t encourage kids to read more books I don’t know what will.

Officials in London’s Redbridge borough were left red-faced after a library event designed to promote reading among kids featured a monkey character in a costume that included dangling fake genitalia and exposed buttocks.

The costume and the actor wearing it came from Mandinga Arts, a troupe of street performers based in Clapham South that has “a distinctive style bringing together live music, carnival, street costume, puppetry and dance, drawing on diverse influences from Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa,” according to its website. The well-endowed monkey was part of one of the group’s walkabout acts.

bringing together live music, carnival, street costume, puppetry and dance“…and dildos and bare bums. Why so shy about the star attraction?

Redbridge Libraries acknowledged the lapse in judgement and apologized for hosting the performance, but shifted the blame onto the charity Vision. It was they, rather than the borough council, who were responsible for organizing the event, the statement said.

The mischievous rainbow-coloured creature was promoting the Summer Reading Challenge, a campaign encouraging literacy and reading during the summer holidays among children aged between four and 11 years.

The mischievous rainbow-coloured creature with the flapping dildo and naked bum. “Mischief” is one word for it I guess.

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