Fans of Bluey character defend Bandit from controversial opinion: 'Loveable larrikin' or 'bad dad?' - petsitterbank

Fans of Bluey character defend Bandit from controversial opinion: ‘Loveable larrikin’ or ‘bad dad?’

As parents around the world rejoice from the surprise 11 new Bluey episodes, a debate has begun about one of the show’s most beloved characters, Bandit.

Bandit, who is dog dad to Bluey and her younger sister Bingo, has been referred to as a “bad dad” and “bully”.

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Questions have been raised about whether Bandit was a “loveable larrikin” or “bad dad,” in an opinion piece published on Friday in The Conversation.

The piece was written by two University of Southern Queensland lecturers who, between them, specialized in theatre, writing, editing and publishing.

Since the article’s release, the opinion has been labeled “rubbish” by fans defending one of Australia’s favorite fictional dads.

Bluey is a global smash-hit. Credit: Ludo

The article touches on what it suggests is the “darker side” of Bandit.

“Occasionally, however, we catch a glimpse of Bandit’s darker side, with his playful teasing of his young daughters sometimes returning into bullying,” the authors said.

“Bandit never strays far from the reductive stereotype of the Australian larrikin: The likeable roguish male stuck between childhood and adulthood whose disrespect of authority and rough-and-ready masculinity reflects Australia’s emotional attachment to the working-class underdog.”

Bandit’s “parenting prowess” is compared with his wife Chili’s personality of being “figuratively and literally in the background”.

Bandit with his two kids Bluey and Bingo. Credit: ABC

The article refers to Bandit as a “traditional” man who “teases his wife on the pains of pregnancy and labour”.

“When he reluctantly submits to wearing make-up, he is subsequently mocked by his mates for doing so,” the lecturers wrote.

“He censors himself from engaging in full imaginative play when under the gaze of other men.”

‘Totally missed the brief’

Following publication of the piece, Bluey fans flocked to Facebook to support Bandit and Chilli, with reaction so prolific the administrator limited the comments.

“I really think you’re overthinking things. Just grow a sense of humour,” one comment said.

Bluey is a popular Australian children’s program. Credit: abc iview

“What an absolute load of rubbish. Clearly written by someone who has never actually watched an entire episode all the way through!” said another.

“Rubbish. The writer clearly hasn’t watched enough episodes of Bluey. There’s considerable nuance to his character, and in general, he’s pretty self-deprecating about his ‘larrikin’ character, ”a third added.

“It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s time to cancel Bandit from Bluey,” another comment said.

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