You might recall I’ve written about why I’m not too fond of The Teletubbies, The Twirlywoos and Peppa PigThere is another TV show that makes my blood boil. It’s Bing bunny. I like to think of myself as a reasonably positive and happy person, although I’m sure these posts about the crap that my children watch on television might have you questioning that claim.
Bing Bunny is an innocuous-looking character, with big cute doe-like eyes. I’d go as far as to say he’s quite cute until he starts talking. Honestly, why is bing bunny so annoying? That’s where my compliments come to an abrupt end.
When my children ask if I can put Bing on the telly, I often like to think of things I’d rather go and do. My list of preferred tasks includes: Running the lawnmower over my bare feet, slowly running my nails down a chalkboard or licking the cheesegrater.
For those (lucky) parents who’ve not come across Bing yet, Bing is a bunny who lives with Flop. Bing gets up to all sorts of mischief, and Flop is usually left to pick up the pieces. Bing’s friends Sula, Pando and Amma (seriously, who’s naming these characters?) also join him on his jaunts.
If you’re confused as to why I could hate Bing Bunny so much, then strap in; I’m about to relay what irks me about Bing.
Reasons why Bing Bunny is the worst
Nobody is sure what Bing & Flops relationship is?
It’s never really confirmed why Bing & Flop live together. Is flop his father, caregiver or just a figment of Bing’s imagination? Nobody knows, and it’s all a bit of mystery.
Flop takes on a fatherly role despite not even being the same species as Bing. I need some backstory! If I’m going to even think about getting into it. I’m not asking for a dramatic soap like parentage reveal – like when Kat Slater told Zoe she was, in fact, her daughter – (does anyone remember that, or am I showing my age?) But we need some of these details from Bing. It’s just not a believable storyline, and for that reason – I’m out.
Bing whines about everything.
If there were an award for ‘Most whiney children’s TV character’, bing would undoubtedly win. Other contenders would obviously include George Pig from Peppa Pig and Jake from the Tweenies.
I’m not quite sure how flop keeps it together; I’d be tearing my fur out and pouring myself a treble whiskey. Flop has the patience of a saint. Frankly, he’s a better parent than I’ll ever be, and he’s a stuffed rabbit thingy.
When my daughter was really into Bing Bunny when she was a lot younger, I noticed she’d mimic Bing’s whiney behaviour after she’d seen an episode. That was enough for me never to want to watch an episode again.
When I was planning to write this post, I thought I’d list everything Bing moans about during season 1, but I value (what little is remaining of) my sanity.
Bing doesn’t talk properly.
‘Rainybow’ instead of rainbow., ‘Standed’ instead of stood and ‘Clumbo’, a word Bing creators manufactured to mean accident. They’re just a few words that infuriate me.
Bing seems to have created his language almost. I’m not saying I expect my toddler to have a vocabulary eloquent enough that even Her Majesty The Queen would be impressed. But what I am saying is, I’d rather TV shows taught my children how to say words correctly, rather than teaching them obscure new words and phrases.
All I’m saying is that ‘clumbo’ doesn’t appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. If I spilt my coffee on the office desk and claimed I’d made a clumbo, I’m pretty sure my colleagues would never let me hear the end of it. In fact, they’d probably nickname me clumbo for the rest of my career.
Moreover, as I’m writing the word ‘clumbo’ in this post, my spellchecker is sticking angry red lines under the word. I rest my case, your honour.
Pando strips off whenever he feels like it.
Bings Panda friend Pando (creatively named, I’m sure you’ll agree) takes his pants off and runs around nude whenever he feels like it. My son doesn’t need any more encouragement not to wear clothes.
I don’t advocate hunting of any kind, but if Bing was ‘accidentally’ culled – All I’m saying is that it wouldn’t be the worst thing.
Do you love or loathe Bing Bunny, and why?
Leave me a comment below; I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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