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Slamming Parents, This One-Armed CBeebies Presenter Does Something Unbelievable

It all started in 2009 when the English jobbing actress Cerrie Burnell got an opportunity to become a presenter for a kids' show on CBeebies channel. If you don't know much about Cerrie, then you must see this article, because this could change your perception towards the world and how you see the world. But instead of receiving a warming welcome from the audience, she became the victim of harsh criticism which came from parents of children who watched her show.  The social media was flooded with comments of concern that how could BBC recruit a one-handed presenter for a show meant to entertain innocent children.  And recently, on being called scary, Cerrie hit back at those parents by an astonishing act. She did not only shut the haters up but what she did is inspiring to many and shows it doesn't matter if the world is scary, you have to stand for yourself. What she did is worth reading!

Cerrie Burnell was born with the half arm.

The presenter appeared on 'Loose Women' TV show where she opened up about the backlash she suffered.

And while speaking, she compared the criticism with racism.

Once, a father of girl even said that he wanted to ban his daughter from watching CBeebies fearing it would give her nightmares.

On the show, she said...

"I'm very wary of this word - 'hurtful - and I think that makes it personal to me, which it was, but in another sense, it was much broader than that. Almost akin to racism, it was prejudice.Misguided or afraid, some children are scared of my arm - it’s a weird arm, let's just say it how it is."

But she also said that it is the role of the parents to reassure their child.

She described that she has grown up doing dance and feels really comfortable in her body.

In support of the 'Loose Women's Body Stories' campaign, Cerrie, then shared a picture of herself in a bikini.

But where does all her confidence comes from?

She said, "I used to be a life model, so I've always had body confidence - maybe because of what I went through when I was younger, battling to get my prosthetic arm off. This is me. Here I am."