The Beano will stop using the nickname Fatty for a character
The Beano will stop using the nickname Fatty for a character and call them Freddy instead to prevent kids from using the term in a “ mean ” way.
- The Beano has decided to stop using the nickname “ Fatty ” for one of its characters.
- From this week, Frederick Brown will be called Freddy – or Frederick
- The character is drawn as an obese boy who often carries a bag of cakes
It has been a British childhood staple since 1938, with the antics of characters like Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger beloved by children around the world.
But now The Beano has decided to stop using the nickname “Fatty” for one of its characters in order to prevent young readers from using the name “in a mean way.”
From this week on, Frederick Brown, one of the Bash Street children, will be called Freddy – or Frederick if he gets denounced by his mother.
Mike Stirling, editorial director of Beano Studios, told the Daily Telegraph they wanted to “ celebrate ” the fact that “ children come in all shapes and sizes. ”
As of this week, The Beano will stop using the nickname ‘Fatty’ for their character Frederick Brown
Mr Stirling said Britain’s oldest children’s comic book recently received a number of letters asking why Frederick Brown was called Fatty.
He said: ‘Children come in all shapes and sizes, and we absolutely celebrate it. We don’t want to risk someone using it in a mean way. Now is the time to return to Freddy.
“ While this has always been used with affection, and never in a derogatory way, we agreed it was time for that to change.
“ Freddy’s mother – and her teacher – can still call him ‘Frederick’ sometimes, whenever he’s in trouble, which is not uncommon for a kid on Bash Street. ”
Mr Stirling added that Freddy will always be drawn the same way.
He said: ‘All the characters abuse it sometimes, and Freddy is no different. ”
Frederick Brown is drawn as an obese boy who often carries a bag of cakes and whose particular talent is gymnastics.
The character is drawn as an obese boy who often carries a bag of cakes and whose particular talent is gymnastics
Frederick Brown attends Bash Street School alongside his classmates Spotty, Danny, Toots, Sidney, Plug, ‘Erbert, Wilfrid and Smiffy
According to his character profile, his motto is “Everything is delicious”.
He attends Bash Street School alongside his classmates Spotty, Danny, Toots, Sidney, Plug, Erbert, Wilfrid and Smiffy.
The Beano was first published in 1938 by the publishers of Dundee DC Thomson.
The comic celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018 with issue number 3945 edited by comedian and children’s author David Walliams.