Monday, May 26, 2008

The Stupid has Hit the Fan



Is it possible for people to become stupid enough to actually deteriorate beyond classification as human? I petition that it is...

Wii Fit Dares to Call Young Girl ‘Fat’ – Experts Call For Parental Warning (and even a ban)

Who could possibly have envisaged Nintendo’s Wii Fit as being the next software title to have ‘nanny state’ experts up in arms and calling for reclassification and even a ban, but, thanks to the fact that a certain Wii Fit balance board had the audacity to call a young girl ‘fat’ that’s exactly what’s happened.

According to the Daily Mail (duly credited), the offending Wii Fit balance board, based somewhere in the South East of England, horrified the family of a 10 year old girl who’s billed as being ‘solidly built’ (purportedly her father’s words, not ours) when it called her ‘fat’.

“She is a perfectly healthy, 4ft 9in tall 10-year-old who swims, dances and weighs only six stone,” (6 stone = 38.1kg, incidentally) said the father, who did not want to be named for fear of embarrassing the girl further, states the Daily Mail who also reports that obesity experts are now calling for Nintendo’s Wii Fit to be banned as far as young children are concerned.

Nintendo have responded by issuing a press statement reading: ‘Nintendo would like to apologise to any customers offended by the in-game terminology used to classify a player’s current BMI status, as part of the BMI measurement system integrated into Wii Fit. [The] Wii Fit is still capable of measuring the BMI for people aged between two and 20 but the resulting figures may not be entirely accurate for younger age groups due to varying levels of development.’

Personally I also have a problem with the Wii Fit as, thanks to having only one TV in the house, my wife persistently working out with her Wii Fit is preventing me from doing an especially lucrative drug deal in GTA IV which is, let’s face it, completely out of order.

Perhaps I’ll also write to the Daily Mail though I suspect that my story will be axed in favour of a breaking news item where a father breaks down as he details how two (unnamed) insects had the audacity to have a quick shag in front of his daughter (21, slim, blond and not unattractive) occasioning grave offence and a long overdue chat about the ‘birds and the bees’.

What is the world coming to?

And another article on the same subject