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Crepes ! Spotty Becomes Scotty As Beano Reflects Modern Thought | The Beano | Latest News Headlines

Crepes ! Spotty Becomes Scotty As Beano Reflects Modern Thought | The Beano

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Almost 70 years after his first appearance as one of the Bash Street Kids in the Beano, the character Spotty was renamed in the December issue of the comic as his editors seek to reflect more sensitive modern thinking.

Spotty became Scotty, following in the footsteps of Fatty, who was renamed Freddy in May, with both changes being made out of fears the nicknames might be considered offensive.

Michael Stirling, Director of Beano Studios, said: “James Scott Cameron, aka Spotty of the Bash Street Kids, is now just Scotty. “

The latest name change was conceived in a comic book in which Spotty is berated by his mother after throwing a soccer ball through a window, who to berate him uses his full name James Scott Cameron.

A friend of hers picks up her middle name and says, “Wait, your middle name is Scott?” I think I have it. We should call you Scotty. The character, formerly known as Spotty, says, “Yeah. I like that. “And another friend adds,” It suits you.

In issue # 4114, Spotty’s nickname was crossed out on the sign showing pictures of the Bash Street Kids with their names below.

“As Scotty told his classmates, it’s not just about his physical characteristics, and that’s true for any child,” Stirling told The Telegraph.

“Much like in 1954, when the Bash Street Kids were created based on the wacky antics spotted in the schoolyard outside Beano’s office, children are still the inspiration for our characters and our intrigues. “

“It is important to us that our readers see themselves and their lives reflected in Beanotown.

He said the name change would mean minimal adjustment and that there was no chance he would be mistaken for Calamity James.

In May, Beano publisher DC Thomson changed Fatty to Freddy after 67 years, using his full name Frederick Brown, with Stirling at the time stating, “Kids come in all shapes and sizes, and we absolutely celebrate. that. We don’t want to risk someone using it in a mean way.

Fatty’s name change drew some criticism, especially from Jacob Rees-Mogg, who called it a “comedic wake-up call” but was well received by the eating disorders charity, Wednesday’s Child, who praised the editors for reviewing “how they potentially impact the self-esteem and mental well-being of their audiences.”

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