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John Penisman 'Man with the world’s longest penis' appears on new children's TV series

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Still from the first episode of John Dillermand. Photograph: DRTV

Still from the first episode of John Dillermand. Photograph: DRTV

Still from the first episode of John Dillermand. Photograph: DRTV

Meet John Dillermand AKA 'John Penisman' who is appearing in a new animated kids’ series about a man with the world’s longest penis.

The Danish equivalent of the BBC, DR, is hosting the show - aimed at four- to eight-year-olds – about Dillermand, who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-breaking genitals.

Since premiering on Saturday, the series has, perhaps surprisingly, provoked debate about what children’s television should and should not contain.

Opponents have condemned the idea of a man who cannot control his penis.

“Is this really the message we want to send to children while we are in the middle of a huge #MeToo wave?” wrote the Danish author Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen.

But Erla Heinesen Højsted, a clinical psychologist who works with families and children, said she believed the show’s opponents may be overthinking things.

“John Dillermand talks to children and shares their way of thinking – and kids do find genitals funny,” she said.

“The show depicts a man who is impulsive and not always in control, who makes mistakes – like kids do, but crucially, Dillermand always makes it right.

“He takes responsibility for his actions. When a woman in the show tells him that he should keep his penis in his pants, for instance, he listens. Which is nice. He is accountable.”

DR, the Danish public service broadcaster, has a reputation for pushing boundaries – especially for children.

Another popular kids’ show is Onkel Reje, a popular figure who curses, smokes a pipe and doesn’t bathe.

A character in Gepetto News made conservatives bristle in 2012 when he revealed a love of cross-dressing. And Ultra Smider Tøjet (Ultra Strips Down) caused outrage in 2020 for presenting children aged 11-13 with a panel of nude adults.

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