The writer who created Fireman Sam has waded into the show’s sexism row and hit back at critics who said the programme puts women off joining the service. David Jones, who is himself a former firefighter, said that the animation is meant to educate its young audience on fire safety and was not designed as a recruitment drive. The popular children’s TV show came under fire this week from senior officers who branded the show sexist for using the umbrella term ‘fireman’. David Gingell (left) and David Jones created Fireman Sam. Jones has hit back at critics of the show who accuse it of sexism But Fireman Sam’s 72-year-old inventor said that he would not change anything about the show and ‘can’t see’ a problem with stereotyping. Speaking on BBC Radio 2, he said: ‘It is for children, it wasn’t meant to be advertised as a recruiting post. ‘It is supposed to teach kids some small safety items. Someone doesn’t join the fire service when they watch Fireman Sam. ‘They wouldn’t be the right people for the job if that was their mentality.’ His comments come after Alex Johnson, deputy chief of South Yorkshire Fire said that the show is… Read full this story
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