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BBC: Cerne Abbas Giant given red nose

Cerne Abbas with Red Nose

The Giant has been given a red nose in lieu of Comic Relief on March 13th. He's also been used to promote jeans, condoms, bicycles and even The Simpsons film.

Do associations with modern pop culture mock/ridicule an ancient site like Cerne Abbas or, do people feel that it keeps Britain's pagan history alive in increasingly media saturated, superficial times?

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I'm all for supporting

I'm all for supporting charities and Mysterious Britain has done it's bit to help charities in the past, but sticking a red nose on one of our most ancient land marks is going too far.  I like Comic Relief, but I don't think this is funny and could easily offend people.

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 I'm mixed on this. On the

 I'm mixed on this. On the one hand it's a historic monument, so we need to protect and preseve it. However, latest theories are that the giant could well have been a piece of late medieval propeganda, so I think it could be viewed as a case of history repeating itself.

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I don't think stuff like

I don't think stuff like this is a big problem - as long as there is no lasting effect on the monument. Shows that it's still a talking point - no one really knows its real purpose anyway. Surprised it hasn't been used to promote viagra, hell of a long time to be standing proud....

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My worry is that people see

My worry is that people see this and think that this is what our heritage is for, there are few enough of us in this day and age who care about our links to the past, an obvious example is the White Horse Stone in Kent, on 2 or 3 occasions a certain mobile phone company has tried to erect a mast within metres of the Site, luckily local groups and the Odinic Rite and others have campaigned against this and the mast has never been ercted, but is this the sort of thing that could ensue from trivialising our landmarks on a regular basis, who will be charitable to our history?

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SteffaOR wrote: My worry is
SteffaOR wrote:

My worry is that people see this and think that this is what our heritage is for, there are few enough of us in this day and age who care about our links to the past, an obvious example is the White Horse Stone in Kent, on 2 or 3 occasions a certain mobile phone company has tried to erect a mast within metres of the Site, luckily local groups and the Odinic Rite and others have campaigned against this and the mast has never been ercted, but is this the sort of thing that could ensue from trivialising our landmarks on a regular basis, who will be charitable to our history?

Some good points there SteffaOR, It's the smaller sites that are really under threat from development and at risk of being forgotton, and once they are gone they are gone for good - unfortunately. However the publicity that larger sites like Cerne Abbas receive by this kind of thing (within reasonable limits) may ensure their survival and interest in them in the future. I take your point about trivialising however.
If the publicity gets somebody to google it we are near the top so plenty of stuff on history and folklore for anybody who wants to read it.

The danger with smaller and less famous sites is that unless the history, folklore and importance to our heritage is publicised, they may vanish before anyone can do anything about it. A good reason to promote sites that are under threat: do you know any of the history of the white horse stone, might be worth putting it up on the site.



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