Burchill slams Chorlton and the Wheelies

COLUMNIST Julie Burchill has launched an astonishing broadside against 1970s children’s programme Chorlton and the Wheelies.

They chop their legs off and strap wheels on

‘They chop their legs off and strap wheels on’

Writing in The Observer, Burchill described the Wheelies as “pathetic little toadies”, while Chorlton the Happiness Dragon was “a sinister patriarchal figure, like Hitler crossed with Jimmy Savile”.

The article went on to accuse Fenella the Kettle Witch of being “a cross-dressing woman-hater” while the Toadies, her mushroom henchmen, “would probably be working in a concentration camp if they didn’t live in Wheelie Land.”

The 800-word article made numerous other criticisms of the programme, with King Otto, the ruler of Wheelie Land, described as “an absurd parody of a potato with a vomit-inducing sense of entitlement”.

The Observer’s website was swamped with comments from readers, who variously described the piece as “deeply offensive”, “a manifesto for wheelie-haters” and “a beacon of reason in an increasingly wheeled world”.

A spokesman for the newspaper said: “Julie has never been afraid to address controversial issues, whether it is gender politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict or what a bastard Tony Parsons is.

“On the other hand, maybe she’s been writing contrived, provocative articles for so long she’s simply run out of things to pretend to be outraged by.”

Burchill’s outspoken views have provoked outrage on numerous occasions, as with her 2010 New Statesman article, ‘Why Dangermouse is an anti-Semite’.