February 28, 2005
Broadcasters are sometimes accused of applying different criteria to Christianity and other religions, such as Islam. That is not so, but we must be sensitive to the fact we are dealing with minority religious groups and ethnic minorities, where there may be a risk of fostering racial hatred.
We’re accused of treating Christianity and Islam differently, we don’t, and here’s how we do. Doublethink alive and well at the Beeb, this coming from the director of television.
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One event that triggered huge moral outrage was Janet Jackson's Super Bowl appearance. A certain part of her anatomy popped out during her performance. According to the critics, that single moment - lasting precisely 1.7 seconds - destroyed family values. The Federal Complaints Commission received more than half a million complaints. The chairman resigned and the TV networks have been shaken into great conservatism. CBS was fined $500,000 and MTV lost its contract to produce the show."
This is such typical Guardianista dishonesty. Janet's boob did not pop out accidentally -- this is what she (dishonestly) claimed happened after the incident attracted so much flak. The truth is that her clothing was torn in an act of simulated sexual violence by Justin Timberlake. This is what offended people, especially parents with young children who did not expect to see such actions during the nation's premier sporting event.
Posted by: Irene Adler | Feb 28, 2005 5:20:48 PM
PS - notice how she draws false comparisons in order to make the Beeb's treatment of Christianity and Islam even-handed.
There isn't any equivalency between making fun of major figures in the Christian religion and running a spy drama about a Muslim terrorist.
A true equivalency would be to make a "Jerry Springer" opera or show that featured Mohammad in a diaper or other similar ridiculous pose.
Which of course the Beeb would never do, for the sake of three small words:
Theo Van Gogh.
Posted by: Irene Adler | Feb 28, 2005 6:34:06 PM