I think that ofcom and the BBC have their priorities wrong. Ross and Brand offended two people on air and got suspended for 3 months each without pay. Heads rolled at the top. Moyles regularly offends the gay community and gets told not to do it again. Twice. Personally I think the Ross and Brand debacle was blown out of all proportion by the tabloids. Yes they deserved their 3 month suspension and rightly had to apologise to Andrew Sachs, but the sheer humbug of one tactless remark being turned into a national tabloid witchunt was plain dumb, especially when you consider what the tabloid’s own bread and butter consists of.
Moyles’s influence is rather more pernicious IMO, as his homophobia is the kind that spreads to the playground. But then the tabloids don’t object to some casual homophobia here and there do they?
Wasn’t it true that she slept with Brand? Didn’t see then get her bangers out in every lads mag going?
Proof if needed BBC = homophobic Makes me sick.
I just have been fobbed off by the BBC when I complained about the first episode of the Horne and Corden show. I though it was relentlessly homophobic, almost every joke seemed to denigrate gay men or imply that desire between men was intrinsically funny. The fact that it was criticised as homophobic in the press and that they had pulled other sketches for fear of offending other groups makes me feel that they do not take homophobia seriously or as seriously as offence to other equality groups. Their reply suggested to me that even though they felt sorry I had been offended, they need to test what is funny and that some people enjoy that sort of humour, so they are going to continue to show it. In other words we don’t care because lots of people think gays are funny and it gets us ratings. I think this show is aimed at the young and given that most hate crime is committed by young men it is irresponsible to relentlessly denigrate gay men. One or two jokes may be funny if you’re taking this piss out of everyone but not every second joke and in a context where the only time you represent gay people is to ridicule or sterotype them.
I agree i justed watched the first episode of horne and corden on bbc iplayer and a lot of the sketches make a laughing stock of gay males and their relationships, its extremely derogatory towards gay males. Perfect example of the bbc’c obvious homophobia and double standards when it comes to offensive content.
Have to say I didn’t get that at all.
It just copied from Little Britian. Which makes a change from them trying to be Pegg and Frost.
People need to get over these things! if you don’t like what you hear then turn over, simple as! People are far too sensitive today. Gays have fought for equality for so long and now people are taking it too far. People are there to be made fun of, and if you moan everytime someone makes fun of gays in a lighthearted way then you only serve to separate us from the rest of society by trying to make us special cases. Just take jokes the way that they are intended! They are meant to be funny, if you don’t like them then don’t laugh and turn over! Don’t keep watching to be continually offended. Get over yourselves, life is too short!
Stefan – I agree up to a point. I’m prepared to take a few gay digs on the chin here and there, and I don’t think all gay based humour should be irradicated. But there is a counter argument that homophobia becomes part of the culture by the back door (if you’ll excuse the unintentional pun). What can start as gentle mockery if left unchecked can escalate to negative stereotyping and decend further into “those poofs need sorting out”. Moyles has already got as far as the negative stereotyping, and with a breakfast audience of secondary school age kids he is in a unique position to influence the next generation of UK homophobes.
After all if the self-styled “saviour of British Radio” can disseminate homophobia with impunity, that must make it alright, right? Tell that to the gay kids who get beaten up and bullied in british playgrounds on a daily basis. And we all know now that “gay” is synonymous with “crap” these days, because Moyles told us that was valid to.
It doesn’t matter if I hear the broadcast or not, because Moyles is still getting to a wide enough audience to make it a problem for all of us down the line.
Steffan – we’re not trying to be treated as “special cases” by asking not to be the butt of jokes; rather we are asking to be treated equally with other minority groups. Jokes by white entertainers that use black people as the butt of jokes, or white people pretending to be black for sake of laughs would be unacceptable. Why not apply the same standard to straight people pretending to be gay for laughs, or straight people using gay people as the butt of jokes.
it’s the same standard.
it demeans us.
Newsflash…Just saw the news headline roundup this morning on BBC 24, according to a national newspaper (can’t remember which one) it seems that Chris Moyles has been dropped from his breakfast show! Can anyone confirm or deny this?