Monday, 9 February 2009

Is The BBC As A Brand Fry(ed)?

Much has been written and opinions passed on the 'Carol Thatcher - Adrian Chiles - Jo Brand' spat about 'Golliwogs'.

Following that we then hear of the recent QI 'quiz' show and the incident involving Jo Brand, Phil Jupitus and Stephen Fry when Lady Thatcher was likened to a pubic hair remover.

This later incident is dismissed by the BBC as having been recorded months ago (last June) and bearing no relation to recent events; a statement that must surely rank as one of the most incredulous ever. Who took the decision to air it and have they no sense of judgement?

We also find on the BBC website an article headed "What if you had a racist friend?" which raises the question of what course of action one should adopt when a friend makes a racist remark. Needless to say the anti-racist 'spokesman' is at hand, in this case Professor Roger Crisp, fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, with the usual platitudes.

If airing that edition of QI at the present time, together with the webpage noted in the preceding paragraph, is not 'adding fuel to the flames' I don't know what is.

And the BBC wonder why people don't wish to pay their license fee?

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