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The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014

5:39 PM

20 March 2014

5:39 PM

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject. But one of the writers of the 1970s situation comedy It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum has complained that aunty isn’t showing the series any more as a consequence of political correctness. My suspicion is that it isn’t being reshown because it was humourless unmitigated crap, but there we are. The bigger issue, though, is the one raised by the excellent (for a Blairite) Dan Hodges.

As it happens, I was invited onto this show and now wish I had accepted. The irony of it all seems entirely lost on the BBC. Thank god they’re going to get rid of the channel entirely. I suppose some among you hope that the BBC abolishes itself one of these days. It is getting harder to marshal arguments against this disposition.

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  • Peter Pipen

    This is a stupid topic. A lot of stupid people making dumb comments but the the writer is probably the most stupid of all. We are all citizens of this world. If someone is gay, black, white, green, staright, Muslim, Atheist, what does it matter. What kind of idiot spends there time collating silly facts about who got more insulted? When the Jews in Europe were being murdered not a single European nation or individual did a thing about it. Then they said never again. And it’s not even been 50 years and those same people who stood by and watched those jews being murdered are now stirring up things again. I suggest u all get a life, rather than trolling through the internet trying to find someone to blame for your own insecurties!

  • Peter Pipen

    This is a stupid topic. A lot of stupid people making dumb comments but the the writer is probably the most stupid of all. We are all citizens of this world. If someone is gay, black, white, green, staright, Muslim, Atheist, what does it matter. What kind of idiot spends there time collating silly facts about who got more insulted? When the Jews in Europe were being murdered not a single European nation or individual did a thing about it. Then they said never again. And it’s not even been 50 years and those same people who stood by and watched those jews being murdered are now stirring up things again. I suggest u all get a life, rather than trolling through the internet trying to find someone to blame for your own insecurties! happy hunting

  • Kevin T

    One of these days I’ll put my money where my mouth is, man up and go out at 3am on a Sunday night and paint a giant Jimmy Savile on the front of the BBC’s lovely new building. I hate them.

  • andy_gill

    The reason for the BBC’s refusal to criticize or defy Islam is they know that Islam is held in contempt in the country at large because of the bomb plots, beheadings, grooming gangs, anti-semitism, misogyny etc.

    The Beeb is rightly afraid that once criticism of Islam is ‘officially’ permitted, the floodgates will open, and ordinary people will say openly what they they now do not dare to.

    And the great myth of “vibrant multicultural Britain” will be exposed as the sham it is.

  • Neil Saunders

    It’s the familiar PC hierarchy of pieties, with Islam at the very top.

  • Roisin

    “The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people”

    Isn’t everyone?

  • Kitty MLB

    Why are there two separate threads on the same subject, repeating yourself ? ( as
    long as you do not repeat the last one Roddy, old bean ! )
    I am not repeating all that again, but will just say its now ingrained into our society
    to cower at Islam- who will threaten to blow us up if they are offended ( Gay people do not do that) these people are guests living in this country and some should not
    be threatening us, they know they can because they are protected by the Muslims Right Act and the BBC are for anyone who is not English .
    The BBC also do not offend Gay people more then they do everyone one else
    with their anti English, illiterate, bias, politically correct and pointless rubbish.

  • D Whiggery

    “The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people”

    Of course, it’s seems unlikely that any Gay terrorist group would bomb BBC TV centre and disturb all those BBC journalists reading their Guardian.

    • anotherjoeblogs

      I don’t think that is the main reason, although a factor. They are scared of offending muslims because they are scared of being islamophobic. The auld axiom of ‘ sticks and stones may break my bones but words do not hurt me ‘ is no longer applicable when offending the ‘ religion of peace ‘ is concerned.

  • Daniel Maris

    What is exactly is the BBC’s “Fear Factor” league table.

    I’d say:

    1. Muslims.

    2. Feminists

    3. Male gays

    4. Black African people

    5. Black or mixed race Caribbean people

    6. Brown Asian people

    7. Blind people.

    8. Disabled people.

    9. Hindus/Sikhs

    10. Scottish people.

    • Liz

      The Spectator reader’s terror list:
      1) Muslims
      2) Feminists
      3) Male gays
      4) Black Africans
      5) Black or mixed race Caribbean
      6) Brown Asian
      7) Blind
      8) Disabled
      9) Hindus/Sikhs
      10) Scottish
      11) Irish
      12) Ecologists
      13) The poor
      14) Guardian readers
      15) Modern artists
      16) The Great Unwashed
      17) Other foreigners
      18) vegetarians
      19) Northerners
      20) Single mothers
      21) Working women
      22) Unemployed people

      • phil

        lists

  • HenryWood

    Just another wee point for a laugh: A bloke called Lenny Hendry was complaining this week about there not being too many blokes of his type appearing on the box. When I looked up his history on the BBC site it said he appeared for a number of years in the Black & White Minstrel Show.
    Now, that was still there yesterday and I have a screen print of it. I wonder how long it will remain?

    • icetraveller

      It’s there on his Wikipedia page, along with the obligatory references to regret that he ever took part, contractually obliged etc etc….

  • HenryWood

    “Here, here, hold on, Roddy lad, this doesnae’ wash at all,” as my old chum Col. Jock Sinclair might say to you as he reflected on many “Tunes of Glory”, and just before he delivered a rocket right up where you should be expecting one after such an Rslickin column.

    “You’re WAY OUT OF LINE, Roddy lad; Way, way OUT OF LINE, just like the rest of those metropolitan posers you hang aboot with.”

    You might well come out *NOW* and proclaim your … well, … well,

    Well … ? Do tell me now, your *WHAT*?

    Your *innocence*, maybe?

    Och, away with you, Roddy Boy.

    You know and *I* know that what is going on *NOW* in the BBC was going on *WELL* before you ever thought of leaving. The RoP was MORE than well established during the time you took Caesar’s shilling. Get a grip on yourself, Wee Man!

    No, Roddy, lad, you are crying “foul” far too late. Either put your hands up: “Fair Cop” and all that, or just crawl back into your wee hole that you just poked your nose out of.

    We will *STILL* be here living with the things that you and yours have visited upon us.

  • edlancey

    Predators vs Aliens

  • 70sgirly

    “The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people”

    Correct Rod, but it’s not just the BBC is it? It’s amazing what the threat of extreme overreaction and / or violence can do. Islamist fanatics have engineered a perfect conditioned reflex which the MSM happily comply with.

  • Newcombe

    I think it was more out of respect for Islam that they stopped the programme. They love Islam, they do.

  • Jabez Foodbotham

    Hardly surprising. Homosexuals make a lot of noise when they feel offended, but that’s usually all they do. Moslems whose feelings are offended can turn really physical and nasty.

    • Dodgy Geezer

      Indeed. And without researching the figures, I suspect that the Muslim population is considerably larger than the homosexual population – and probably better organised.

      It makes mathematical sense.

    • JoshuaCzajkowski

      *Some homosexuals make a lot of noise.

      I receive great pleasure in making jokes about being gay in-front of gay people I have never met, watching them get furious and then inform them that I’m in fact gay.
      There’s a beautiful moment where their faces are a mixture of confusion and realisation that they aren’t defending rights and are in fact just tw***.

      • Cornelius Bonkers

        It’s all very well being a self-indulgent “radical” gender democrat, but in reality does the right to disagree with and campaign against Homosexuality extend to those who are not gay?

  • Two Bob

    The BBC loves offending English people….

    • anotherjoeblogs

      Can I add white and hetro to your observation ?

    • JoeDM

      Remember that back in 2001 the then BBC Director General used the racist term “hideously white”.

      • anotherjoeblogs

        That was back in 2001, things have moved on since then and it is tautological now – just plain and simple ‘ white ‘ will suffice.sarc.

  • edithgrove

    Were you asleep for a week Rod, or was I? In any event you couldn’t make this up. That the audience, presenter and panel sat there like sheep and allowed this to go on is scary beyond belief. Also they weren’t in a mosque they were in a tent in a car park. I thought the young man on the video was eloquent and brave and asked a good question. No wonder Putin thinks he can do what he likes. It’s 1933 again and we’re led by zombies, with the exception of yourself.

    • HenryWood

      Sorry, I just clicked you up before I read the very end of your comment: “with the exception of yourself”.
      Without going into great detail, please deduct an “upmark” from your comment and do please read again wot the Rod bloke rote.

      • edithgrove

        Henry, I’ll keep your upmark, merci a toi, and continue to grease Rod up a little when I think he could do with it. To be honest I thought I’d strayed off subject by introducing Putin and perhaps needed to balance it with a compliment.

      • gerontius

        If you click on upvote again, your initial upvote will be removed.

  • Picquet

    Despite your disapproval, It ain’t alf hot, Mum was thought of by many as very funny indeed, Rod. And far less ‘racist’ than most of the cancerous liberals would have it, too. However, Political Correctness is all about censorship – it’s surely no surprise that rubbish such as that being complained about is wiped from the screens. Personally, I don’t care, not owning a TV set, but sadly must pay for the wife to goggle at her soaps.

    • Dodgy Geezer

      Use iPlayer. That’s what my wife does…

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Being humourless unmitigated cr@p is not a bar to being made and broadcast by the Beeb.

    Citizen Khan is proof of that.

    • crosscop

      Has anyone noticed that “Citizen Khan” (and every other fictional depiction of Muslims on TV) is entirely devoid of a character called Mohammad? Weird, isn’t it, that Mohammad is the most popular Muslim name in the country and in the world but the TV producers appear to be terrified of using it. I wonder why?
      Please tell me if you know of an exception to this rule.

      • Hexhamgeezer

        Good point. I think there was a character called ‘little Mo’ in Eastenders but I don’t think it was !$lam!c

    • Cornelius Bonkers

      Add Only Fools and Horses to that list.

  • wycombewanderer

    Hopefully not before us taxpayers are re-imbursed to the tune of billions.

    Sell it now

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