Culture Round-Up: DR’s children app back on Google after being labelled ‘inappropriate’

Anyone who has been in Denmark for a while will know that children’s television is a little different to what they’re used to.

Presenters fart when they feel like it and the word ‘fucking’ is used quite liberally (on one occasion on the junior version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’).

While clips from films deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 15 in most countries regularly do the rounds on Ramasjang – most memorably a scene from ‘Kick-Ass’ in which a young girl dismembers, maims and kills grown men for fun.

Promotes smoking and violence
So it is perhaps understandable that Google removed the DR Ramasjang app from Google Play, after assessing that the children television logo wasn’t appropriate.

Google felt the image Uncle Reje, who beats up ninjas and hands out liquorice pipes to children, promotes smoking and violence.

But following criticism, it has restored the app to Google Play.

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Back off, Google
DR’s media director, Henriette Marien Lund, contends that the platform shouldn’t be controlling or censoring Danish media.

“We have a comprehensive offer for children based on Danish reality,” he told DR.

Joy Mogensen, the culture minister, also disapproves, according to Politiken.

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