I can’t say I’m very familiar with Moshi Monsters, but I know how massively popular it is. So it seems important that it shouldn’t reinforce deeply unpleasant stereotypes about people with disfigurements by using character descriptions like ‘Bruiser’s scarred skin makes for a scary sight’. The charity Changing Faces is launching a campaign to change that:
Changing Faces, the national disfigurement charity, is launching a new campaign, ‘Don’t call me Freakface’. It is calling on Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters, to stop using names like ‘Freakface’ which are common terms of abuse towards children with disfigurements. It is also asking Mind Candy to stop using scars, spots and missing eyes to emphasize the evil nature of their bad characters.
There’s more in James Partridge’s blog post, including Mind Candy’s responses. And for more on why it matters, see our post ‘Moving beyond the stereotypes‘.