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Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia

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  1. The topic of the discussion thread was changed yesterday. But at 08.00 this morning the headline on the BBC’s main Africa Have Your Say page still read: ‘Should homosexuals face execution?’. I made a screen grab.

    It was only changed later this morning after I posted a comment about it here on Pink News.

  2. >”Should Uganda debate gay execution?”

    and this change of the headline made it better? could there be any reason for anyone who has any understanding of reality to answer this question with: “yes, sure” or just “maybe”?

  3. Peter may be right that homophobia was invited, but isn’t it also useful to know just how much bigotry is still out there?

  4. Simon Murphy 17 Dec 2009, 3:40pm

    No 3: Polly: “Peter may be right that homophobia was invited, but isn’t it also useful to know just how much bigotry is still out there? ”

    We already know how much bigotry is out there. The subject being discussed was not whether Pink is the new Black. The subject in question is whether genocide against gay people in Uganda is acceptable.

    Genocide is always unacceptable. The BBC do not need to pander to murderous maniacs.

  5. The BBC have finally given some sort of apology:

    “You might have read some of the coverage about a World Service Africa Have Your Say debate yesterday, or my colleague David Stead’s blog post about it last night.

    The original headline on our website was, in hindsight, too stark. We apologise for any offence it caused. But it’s important that this does not detract from what is a crucial debate for Africans and the international community. ”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2009/12/africa_debate.html

  6. Brian Burton 17 Dec 2009, 10:04pm

    The Journalist on BBC ‘Have I got News For You.’ told the audiance what we already know…The BBC is run by Idiots!

  7. When I saw that headline and the replies. It made me sick to my stomach. I actually live mostly in the straight world, go to gay venues when they have anything I might want to attend. And was geninuelly shocked and a wake up call, and made see that Pride events are still very much needed and that work I do for Pride should stay very much aware of the bigatory that is still out there. I have become blinkered of late and presumed that because I don’t have and have never had anyone have issues with my sexuality and that includes people I know of faith and my business customers I presumed it was being eradicated. Excluding the BNP, NF and the other groups I read on here about from time to time. Truely a wake up call.

  8. Har Davids 18 Dec 2009, 1:52pm

    It was a very stupid mistake, but it showed how many homophobes there are around, even in our ‘civilised’ part of the world.

  9. Brian Burton 18 Dec 2009, 6:09pm

    The BBC Juveniles who run the BBC do not recall the dark period in Uganda’s checkered history when Idi Amin ruled by murder and mayhem in the 1970s. A hollywood movie was made about the rescue of a plane load of hostages from the Airport at Entebbi.

  10. Paul (not the one above) 18 Dec 2009, 6:43pm

    How about: “What would the consequences be of the anti-gay bill?”

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