Sunday 2 March 2014

Re: Some film the BBC likes

As each of the preceding posts has ploughed through today's bias-filled Broadcasting House, it's only right and proper to end the day by writing something about its final feature....

....even though I'd rather not write about it, as I'm truly and utterly fed up of hearing the BBC banging on about it over and over and over and over again (as if they were some liberal-minded psychopath with a righteous-but-deadly hammer).

Yes, the BBC just won't shut up about it. They seem truly obsessed about it.

Can you guess what it is yet?

Well, as a clue, there have been endless features about it on the BBC website, Radio 3, Newsnight, Today, The Film Programme, The One Show (yes, The One Show), etc, etc, etc, etc, etc., plus it was chosen (last week) as Radio 4's Book of the Week. Endless, endless, endless. Will it ever end? 

Can you guess what I'm talking about yet?

Yes, the film 12 Years a Slave.

I coming to suspect (in my facetious but far from abstemious waythat most BBC employees probably have posters about 12 Years a Slave hanging on their walls and that there may even be shrines - yer actual incense-laden, Tibetan bell-ringing, multi-faith shrines - in umpteen BBC studios (and bedrooms) dedicated to the worship of director Steve McQueen (PBUH). 

Broadcasting House reported from Louisiana about the film. 

Some blacks talked about continuing racism. Some honkies talked 'bart how the issues raised by 12 Years a Slave are over 'n' done with, y'all. The BBC reporter responsible for the report declared herself disturbed and there were two 'talking heads' in the report with the surname 'White'. (Tee hee!). There were also sad songs, and psychic traumas, and "quote" 'n' "quote" things...

...and, to conclude, a pastor with slave-owning ancestors who thinks that his there was a "American Holocaust" (re slavery) and that Americans shouldn't be erecting monuments to the victims of Nazism when America itself was perpetrating "the same kind of racist evil".

Call me an enemy of moral equivalence, but there's really not much moral equivalence between what the slave-owning Americans did (truly wicked as it was) and what the Nazis did (in a league of evil entirely of its own) to the Jews, and for Broadcasting House to finish this report with that self-loathing, morally crazy thought suggests that Broadcasting House's own moral compass is very much askew. 


  1. The BBC keeps showing the line from McQueens’ acceptance speech about dedicating his award to the 21 million people who are still in slavery today. So, who are they, and who are their slave-masters?

    This would surely make an interesting series of programmes. What are the chances that the BBC would make them?

    1. That certainly would be a very interesting series of programmes.

      Like you though, I think there's close to zero chance that the BBC would make them.


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