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JohnDTraynor isn't impressed.
I wouldn't dare to admit that I'd watched Comic Relief in public.
And my Dad is one of those loons who thinks the BBC is some left-wing, militantly secularist, anti-religious organisation which is poisoning the general public against christianity.
This is obviously absolute nonsense but watching this was the first time in my life that I kind of saw where he was coming from, only by imagining the same level of disdain/piss-taking to any other religious group and the outrage that would provoke. FWIW I think anything is a fair target for comedy and couldn't give a toss who something offends but the fact is that there would have been a hell of a lot more criticism for this had any other religion been the target. (I'm not a Daily Mail reader, honestly)
His second point does a pretty good job of pinning down why we see more jokes about Christianity than other religions.
(Or maybe you meant third?) Great article.
What he's arguing against isn't what I'm saying though. Like I said, I genuinely believe that everything is fair game. Freedom of expression is a basic human right, there is no *right* to not be offended. This idea that everyone should be able to live their lives without being offended is absurd, if someone says something that offends you, you have the right to respond accordingly.
What I'm saying is that for the BBC, an organisation that is, unfortunately, subject to the whims of what people take offence to, to air something as disparaging as this was to a group who perceive themselves as marginalised, at a peak-time lighthearted charity event show was jarring when framed against how they would have treated material that mocked anyone else in a similar way.
As I said, in an ideal world anything would be fair game but for a broadcasting organisation that has it's hands tied in such a way in terms of who or what it can offend to think it's fair game to blast an entire religion in this context was a mistake as far as I'm concerned.
...you were watching Comic Relief.
I was waiting to go to ASDA in the rain at the time and anything seemed better than that.
1. I don't know a fucking thing about Muslims.
2. Neither do you.
The Arch-B of C is an establishment figure and therefore you can do a satiyrre on him. Doing a similar one on a big Sikh guy would just be nasty.
<emergency broadcasting signal kicks in>
I'm sure it wasn't offensive at all.
What is offensive is religions telling me I'm going to hell for not being a member of their club.
because you don't think it exists and they're just quoting a book at you.
you're really offended by that?
I@m also offended that they suggest gay people are bad, inter-religious marriages are bad, it's a sin to wank, sex is wrong unless in a marriage, you can't eat hoofed meat, you're not allowed to show your hair, ou have to confess, you're a cunt 99.9% of the time and you need to FEEL GUILTY.
It's the judgement and threat of eternal suffering if you don't tow the line. That's fucking offensive.
Gosh, participants using colourful language during a sporting event! How crude!
and we're investigating it.
and were still awake at the time.
its all a bit meh, isn't it?
its not very offensive at all, at it least it has id'ed the people who were offended by enough to complain, they must be c****
Two words: flying buttresses
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