BBC censors the term “girl”

June 2nd, 2014 at 7:21 am by David Farrar

The Daily Mail reports:

The was embroiled in an extraordinary censorship row last night after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a documentary about the Commonwealth Games, fearing it might cause ‘offence’.

Broadcaster Mark Beaumont, 31, joked after being hurled to the floor by a judo champion: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.’

His remark was broadcast in full when the 30-minute episode of The Queen’s Baton Relay was first shown on the BBC News Channel in April.

But evidently sensitive to charges of sexism, BBC executives decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when the programme was repeated last week, leaving an awkward pause in place of the offending word.

Asked by a viewer what had happened, Mr Beaumont tweeted: ‘Maybe the editor thought it was sexist – it wasn’t. I’m not worried about it.’

Even the judo champion involved, Cynthia Rahming, was left bemused. ‘I wasn’t offended – I didn’t find it sexist,’ she told The Mail on Sunday.

It doesn’t matter whether or not people think it was sexist. The BBC should not be censoring what someone said because it is politically incorrect. Deliberately editing a word or words out should only occur when it is a word not suitable for broadcast.

Feminist novelist Kathy Lette, 55, however, said: ‘If the athlete didn’t find it upsetting why should the BBC mount their politically correct high horse and gallop off into the sanctimonious sunset?’

Exactly.

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32 Responses to “BBC censors the term “girl””

  1. Other_Andy (2,268 comments) says:

    Sanctimonious gits.
    If that’s all, it wouldn’t be that bad.

    The BBC however is the real life version of the 1984 Ministry of Truth.

    Doublethink, newspeak and the “Rectifying” of historical records is rife.
    Hiding and protecting sex offenders.
    Anything has a bias and a slant and serves the common core.
    Backing their political side, tearing down the other and then denying the bias.
    It is what isn’t said, what’s left out and placed in the memory hole.
    No reports on the drawbacks of unlimited mass immigration (colonisation) from hostile third world countries. No reports on the on the violence, intolerance, misogamy of certain groups in society.
    And those who don’t tow the party line are ‘disappeared’ (David Bellamy) to never be employed again.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349506/Left-wing-bias-Its-written-BBCs-DNA-says-Peter-Sissons.html

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  2. Odakyu-sen (440 comments) says:

    If you’ve been beaten by a girl, you’ve been beaten by the best.

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  3. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    Maybe it’s a class thing with the BBC.

    It’s normally the upper class that are found paying good money to get beaten by a girl. ;-)

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  4. kowtow (7,591 comments) says:

    …….sensitive to charges……

    Nope the Beeb are not sensitive to charges of anything.They are activists in the cultural marxist assault on Britain.

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  5. Southern Raider (1,539 comments) says:

    You can see why Jeremy Clarkson can’t even open his mouth without getting into trouble.

    And the Coalition for Better Broadcasting wants NZ to follow the BBC model. Could you imagine it. Billy T would have never even had the opportunity to launch his career.

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  6. Psycho Milt (2,260 comments) says:

    I recall many years ago being given an example of the foolishness of censorship, involving a British children’s programme, in which, during an item on the theatre, the children were informed that when the director says “Take 5,” the actors can stop for a cup of tea and a beeep. Someone had decided the children should not be exposed to the filthy habit implied by the word ‘cigarette’ – but it’s safe to assume that none of the audience assumed that was the word that had been beeped out. One can only ponder the inventive concepts with which the children filled the provided gap…

    Same applies here. How to live down being beaten by a beeep. Who’s going to think they beeped ‘girl?’

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  7. Left Right and Centre (2,819 comments) says:

    Have they managed to hit PC overkill rock bottom yet, or does it get even worse ?

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  8. stephieboy (2,157 comments) says:

    The venerable institution is traditionally known as Auntie BBC for very good reasons mired often in this kind of PC simple silliness

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  9. hj (6,347 comments) says:

    The media are over dominant in politics. Instead of disseminating how people genuinely perceive the world the media is dominated by groups of elites with their own world view and set of concerns. They feel they are society’s corrective lenses. It would be interesting to tail these elites, where they live, where they park their cars, their working conditions and remuneration and compare it to the ordinary worker.

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  10. kowtow (7,591 comments) says:

    other andy

    Another Beeb favourite is “militant” instead of terrorist. Our MSM do the same thing.Al Jazeera is understandable given that it’s a Sunni propaganda channel ,what excuse do our “champions of freedom” have?

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  11. mara (719 comments) says:

    I used to laugh at the silliness of PC in its early days, thinking it would never be accepted. I’m not laughing now.

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  12. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    A 19 year old female is a woman not a girl.

    That’s a simple fact

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  13. Other_Andy (2,268 comments) says:

    @Kowtow

    Freedom fighter or activist are other favourites.

    You know, one person’s terrorists is another person’ freedom fighter.

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  14. Fentex (859 comments) says:

    When it comes to censoring something – if a broadcaster decides they don’t like the content of a show and choose not to broadcast it, something well within any broadcasters rights – I wish they’d not broadcast the whole thing rather than mangle it.

    I get very irate when songs or their like are edited, much better to not boradcast it at all than pretend no one knows or notices the butchering of content.

    On the topic of a broadcaster choosing what they like or dislike this idea…

    Feminist novelist Kathy Lette, 55, however, said: ‘If the athlete didn’t find it upsetting why should the BBC mount their politically correct high horse and gallop off into the sanctimonious sunset?’

    …is wrong. A racist, sexist, fascist or anyone of any stripe or colour might not object to something that is offensive to a broadcaster. It isn’t up to anyone but the broadcaster to decide what they choose to air.

    Broadcasters have a perfect right to have their own standards independent of anyone else, but if they do broadcast someone’s speech then they shouldn’t edit it as that distorts the speaker.

    And that is not something broadcasters have a right to do. Air it or not, do not alter what is aired.

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  15. Southern Raider (1,539 comments) says:

    Almost laughable the standards the white man is held accountable for compared to everyone else. An Iman can call for jihad against us but we can’t use the term girl

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  16. David Garrett (6,349 comments) says:

    Talking of censoring words…what’s the latest on what Guy Gibson’s dog is going to be called in Peter Jackson’s remake of “The Dambusters”? Surely this long gestating project can’t really be held up by handwringing over that?

    I know my mate Sambo in New Plymouth is anxiously awaiting the movie…his father served with Gibson…

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  17. Captain Pugwash (89 comments) says:

    MT_Tinman (2,884 comments) says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 8:38 am
    Maybe it’s a class thing with the BBC.

    It’s normally the upper class that are found paying good money to get beaten by a girl. ;-)

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    No they pay good money to get beaten someone who reminds them of “Matron” from their boarding school… naughty boy Roderick… always rubbing one out quicker than the other boys, so you don’t have to eat the soggy biscuit… Of course I never went to boarding school tho ;)

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  18. wat dabney (3,655 comments) says:

    …something well within any broadcasters rights

    This is the state broadcaster, the BBC, imposing censorship. So, not “any broadcaster.”

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  19. thor42 (907 comments) says:

    @kowtow – “Nope the Beeb are not sensitive to charges of anything.They are activists in the cultural marxist assault on Britain.”

    Absolutely right, kowtow! They *and* the schools and universities.

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  20. emmess (1,368 comments) says:

    I wonder what Laila Harre’s position on this is?
    Surely an ‘Internet Party’ should be in favour of maximum freedom of speech but some how I don’t think she is.
    If I had to guess I would say, she is probably somewhat conflicted on whether Radio Hauraki should have been allowed to operate.

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  21. Southern Raider (1,539 comments) says:

    I’ve got a theory on why Harre is so passionate about getting free tertiary education implemented

    - most political indoctrination is done at the tertiary level
    - this especially applies to people doing BAs
    - the cost of student loans is putting people off studying fruit loop subjects and especially BAs because they now there are no jobs for them
    - this is decimating the ranks of the new age of the left
    - only unlocking the flood gates to more useless people doing useless subjects can reverse this trend for the benefit of Aotereoa

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  22. David Garrett (6,349 comments) says:

    Update: Mr Google tells me Gibson’s dog will be called “Digger” (after “Trigger” and “Nigsy”) were considered…

    A disgrace to the memory of a man Churchill described as: ” As great a warrior as this Island ever bred”. If he was still living, can anyone imagine Gibson putting up with giving his dog a different politically correct name?

    (for those who don’t know, “Nigger” was the codeword which signified success by each bomber, so it is more than a minor point)

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  23. Jack5 (4,571 comments) says:

    With the amount of historic paedophile accusations surfacing around BBC performers, perhaps the BBC is just shit scared of triggering another outbreak.

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  24. Unity (279 comments) says:

    Personally I refuse to adhere to any of this PC nonsense. I’ve been around for a while and I have absolutely no objection to being called a girl. Actually I’m rather flattered!!

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  25. David Garrett (6,349 comments) says:

    Unity: You go girl!! It’s been quite some time since any woman referred to me as a “naughty boy”, but if it happened I’d be delighted!

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  26. Unity (279 comments) says:

    Yes, David. Let’s push for an end to PC rubbish so we can have a bit of fun. It’s just so dreary out there nowadays with what is acceptable and what isn’t, when once upon a time it was either a sign of affection, friendship, or a good old fashioned laugh.

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  27. dishy (224 comments) says:

    How will the BBC report on tennis grand slam events for the younger ones? Will the girls’ draw now be referred to as the draw for “fully-menstruating women who aren’t as old as the ones in the women’s draw”?

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  28. stephieboy (2,157 comments) says:

    Behind the BBC PC looniness is the the all pesuaive far left leaning Progressiveness, that as you will see from the latest from Pat Condell , has hollowed out, bastardized and corrupted such originally noble ideals like multiculturalism ,diversity,celebrating differences etc,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGc-Iu-oGZE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Superb stuff IMO.

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  29. Judith (7,519 comments) says:

    It doesn’t matter whether or not people think it was sexist. The BBC should not be censoring what someone said because it is politically incorrect. Deliberately editing a word or words out should only occur when it is a word not suitable for broadcast.

    I agree – surely it is up to the audience to determine what they think of the use of the word, and of course the person that chooses to use it. I object to the medias constant attempts to tell us what we must think.

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  30. kowtow (7,591 comments) says:

    Dambuster tribute to free speech.

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  31. mara (719 comments) says:

    You have been a very naughty boy David G. Go to my room at once.

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  32. LabourDoesntWork (282 comments) says:

    What leads to greater offense is lowering the bar to the point of pandering to such thin-skins as would actually be offended at a young adult female being called a “girl”. And that’s the plan. Being offended is a political industry and the more people made to tread on eggshells, who can be demonised for transgressing, the better.
    Conversely, a thicker skin results in less offense and greater tolerance.

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