Seems the Friendly Giant's family ain't so friendly. When the Geminis aired last month, there was a clip - intended to be funny and kind of a VH1 Behind the Music-type sendup - of Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe living in retirement, smoking, drinking and having sex.
Seems the children of the late Bob Homme (aka the Friendly Giant) were pretty pissed and had the iconic puppets removed from the CBC museum (where I presume they've been living clean and celibate and not partying with Gobo, Mokey, Red, Boober and Wembley and the rest of the Fraggle gang and getting busy in Mr. Dressup's tickle trunk). The CBC appologized but to no avail as the Hommes have decided to keep Rusty and Jerome in storage until they find a more suitable place to display them. There's been no word on the fate of the jazz cats.
All of which makes me ask - wtf? When did we lose our sense of humour? Yes, they're beloved children's icons, but really we're talking about a giraffe puppet and a cock in a sack (and a pretty effeminate-sounding cock at that - it's no great leap to think they might be getting it on).
Making fun of icons, especially beloved cultural icons, well, it's all part of our self-deprecating attitude in general. And it's not like we haven't taken the piss out of that lonely castle dweller before. Check out this clip from an old comedy pilot.