Russell Howard has claimed BBC executives once made him re-record a joke about ISIS in case it offended the genocidal terrorist group.
The comedian, speaking about freedom of speech on Sky One’s The Russell Howard Hour, said a routine in which he attacked the terror cult for ‘not being Muslims’ after the 2015 Paris attacks sparked concerns among the corporation’s management.
Howard, 38, claimed he was told to change the skit to instead say Isis ‘weren’t ‘devout’ Muslims’, prompting the Bristol-born comic to question, ‘are we worried about offending ISIS?’
Russia’s media regulator says it is investigating whether British broadcaster BBC has broken Russian law by allegedly promoting Islamist extremism.
“Checks are underway into whether the BBC’s Internet sites… comply with Russian law. To date, material has been uncovered which transmits the ideological principles of a terrorist group (quotes of the terrorist Al-Baghdadi),” Roskomnadzor said in a statement on January 10.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the extremist group Islamic State.
“An investigation is underway into whether these materials are in compliance with the norms of Russian legislation,” the Russian watchdog’s statement also said.
The BBC is encouraging staff to become ‘straight allies’ of colleagues who are gay, lesbian or have other gender identities.
The move is an attempt to tackle what it calls a ‘heteronormative culture’, in which being straight is considered the norm.
To shift the balance, staff who are heterosexual but ‘actively promote’ LGBT issues will wear pin badges or use email signatures to signify that they are ‘allies’ of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues.
Myron Ebell, a former environmental adviser to Donald Trump known for depicting global warming as a hoax, was interviewed by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned humanity must make “unprecedented changes” to the way we live, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions almost in half by 2030.
The film, aimed at GCSE pupils, contained claims that Britain was ‘multicultural long before curry and carnival’ and that debate over immigration had fuelled a ‘huge rise’ in support for far-Right politics.
Actor John Cleese has defended the iconic comedy show Monty Python, calling it “remarkably diverse for its time.” The comments come as the BBC head of comedy said the show was “too white and Oxbridge” to be made today.
Probably not true. I only know one Welsh person, but she’s quite funny and pleasant, and so is her husband. Seriously, though, where do they find people with this kind of personality, and why have they taken over so many of our cultural institutions?
(BTW, because I am a passionate Canadian nationalist who only reads Canadian authors and firmly believes that there is nothing remotely funny about Canadian nationalism and that those who think otherwise should be charged with hate crimes, I read Jordan Peterson’s new book, in which rule number 9 is “Assume That The Person You Are Listening To Might Know Something You Don’t”. A great piece of advice, and something I’m trying to do more of. So I really listened to Liz Saville Roberts, and as a consequence I am wholly convinced that I am being scrupulously fair when I say that she does not know anything important about how to tell jokes about the Welsh that I don’t.)
“BREAKING ‘Dangerous and devious’ Surrey teenager jailed for life for Parsons Green Tube bombing, in which 51 people injured’, read the social media post — earning a string of incredulous responses from users who felt the broadcaster was attempting to obscure Hassan’s origins as a supposed alleged ‘child refugee’.
Last month, I wrote here about the BBC and ‘grooming gangs’. In particular, I speculated that it was unlikely that having once (after more than a decade) dramatized the mass gang-rape of British girls (and a man from Wales having partly been fired-up by it then ploughing a van into a crowd outside a mosque) that the BBC might not venture into such territory again. As I said, ‘nobody should be surprised if the BBC reverts to ignoring crimes like Rochdale in the future.’
As so often the situation is worse than I imagined. While I could see that the BBC drama department might be unlikely to again commission a programme looking at the most serious and widespread child-abuse to have occurred in Britain in modern times I thought that they might at least still report the news. No such luck.
A video produced by BBC Ideas has argued that the “fervour of populist politics can be truly terrifying,” citing the Brexit vote and the election of President Donald Trump.
The video explains that “populist is almost always a pejorative term and no one really wants the label,” claiming that “most populist leaders would rather see themselves as inspiring grassroots movements.”
“Political debate involves reason, science, evidence, challenge, and argument. Free speech and a free press on vital to this,” the narrator says.