Parents Baffled After Library Uses Actor In Monkey Costume With Fake Penis and Bare Bum To Encourage Kids To Read
On 19th July 2021
Parents were left fuming with anger as an actor wearing a monkey costume—complete with a fake penis and a bare bum arrived at the local library as part of a program meant to encourage children to read. After the bizarre video went viral on social media, the community leaders were prompted by the worried parents to launch an investigation into the matter and many people showed their concern over what message the actor's costume carried for the children.
Parents in East London were left confused and furious when an actor wearing a monkey costume, with a fake penis showed up at the local library as part of a program with the goal of encouraging kids to read.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a popular education contest held by libraries in the UK.
This year's theme for the Goodmayes Library in Redbridge was "wild world heroes" and there were many actors who took part in the contest included someone dressed as a strawberry, another as a frog, and a monkey.
In the video circulating on social media, the actor wearing a monkey costume with a prominent bare backside and his fake penis flopping around.
People were left fuming with anger after the actor made an appearance in a disturbing costume at an event whose main target audience was children.
The scandal prompted a formal apology from the Redbridge Libraries Twitter account
"During an event put on at the library today there was a performance by a Carnival Arts Company."
"Unfortunately one of the animal costumes was inappropriate which we were not aware of at the time of booking. We deeply apologise for the offence caused. This is being looked into."
They added a "further statement" would be made.
"This event was arranged by Vision and not Redbridge Council."
"Upon receiving complaints passed on by the Leader and Deputy Leader, we ceased the performance and are truly apologetic for the distress caused to residents. This will never happen again."
People also pointed the negative impact of this message on children and what can they learn from this
However, as they say, nothing can escape the internet. Earlier social media posts seemed to indicate the Redbridge Libraries were aware and approved of the costume flaunting its assets.
The Redbridge council issued a statement to the Evening Standard, saying:
"We are utterly appalled by the unacceptable event at Redbridge Libraries on Saturday organised by our independent leisure contractor, Vision."
"The contractor had commissioned characters to support the start of the Summer Reading Challenge, but the costume in question was wholly inappropriate for the intended audience"
"A full and thorough investigation into how this incident happened has been launched and stringent action will be taken. We sincerely apologise for the offence and distress this has caused."
Throughout this controversy, it still remains unclear as to what prompted the "Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey" to join the Summer Reading Challenge.
The literary competition designed to encourage summer reading among primary school children started in 1999. The program is well known among children and encourages reading among children through various activities. For example, in one such activity children are given stickers as they finish each book out of the required six to read on the Summer Reading Challenge sheet and are awarded medals and certificates based on that year's theme.
It is also ensured that there won't be any more naked monkey business in the future.
Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said all upcoming performances—which were organized by a partner charity—were canceled.