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I Love You, You Hate Me director unpacks dark side of bashing Barney the Dinosaur

Metro logo Metro 10/12/2022 Rishma Dosani
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‘It’s very 90s culture, so it was like when something’s so big, it has to get knocked down. But also, when we interviewed the I Hate Barney Secret Society [creator, Rob Curran], and he’s talking about the Barney dysfunctional family and these Barney addicts, you understand where his hate comes from.’

Reflecting on the personal issues that Rob was going through with his family at the time, Tommy explained that it was actually due to jealousy, because his daughter ‘paid more attention’ to the character than to him.

With I Love You, You Hate Me, he wanted to delve into why exactly Barney sparked such fury in some members of the public, and the division that this ‘hysteria’ led to.

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‘We’re talking about something really big, about hate and where hate comes from, but we’re doing it in a way where we’re talking about Barney the Dinosaur,’ he added.

‘When you look at it in the simplest form as Barney hate, you can see how the behavior itself is quite unnecessary. Maybe some people will go, “Oh, yeah, why do I do that?”

‘Even small ways can change some of their behavior, where it’s not cool to hate something, it’s cool to just talk about what you like.’

I Love You, You Hate Me is available to stream on Peacock now.

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