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Channel 4 backpedals after censoring ‘gay’ from Simpsons’ episode

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  1. It sounds like C4 are trying to do the ‘right’ thing by us, but by doing the ‘right’ thing it comes across like they think we’re made of glass which in itself is offensive. Damed if you do and damned if you don’t. No answer to it.

  2. Spanner1960 6 Nov 2012, 7:29pm


    I remember when Channel 4 used to pride itself in not being forced into self-censorship. It needs to man-up a bit.

  3. FFS, is this the 1970’s? F*** right off, Channel 4.

  4. I’m quite a fan of Channel 4, as far as I’m aware they have always been a very LGBT-friendly network, I’m sure this was down to someone being overcautious in trying not to offend gay people as the official statement said rather than them pandering to god-botherers.

  5. Ian Bower 6 Nov 2012, 8:06pm

    Oh early Channel 4, whatever happened to you? I miss you.

  6. PC gone mad I tell you! Eat my shorts CH 4 it was a funny line! Nobody would be offended by that! Reminds me of when the BBC refused to play or censored the Pogues Christmas song for the use of the word ‘faggot’.

  7. This is a scandal. Who the hell was responsible for this? They should be driven out of their job, and worse. causing offence for reminding people gay people exist!

    Channel 4 Has no problem causing offence with its stupid 4Thought programme, which has featured Stephen Green, Islamist nutcases and exgay pseudo-therapy promoters. I think we need to take inspiration from that bunch of lesbians who stormed the BBC news studios in 1988. They should repeat the episode without edits if they are really sorry, and issue a public apology on air.

  8. I am more concerned that they are showing an episode of the Simpsons that is almost 20 years old!

    1. Spanner1960 7 Nov 2012, 10:07am

      …and it was deemed acceptable back then, but somehow isn’t now.

      1. Quite! I sometimes (often, actually) think that we’re moving backwards. Sorry for being so damned pessimistic!! Perhaps it’s because all those nasty people out there spouting their nasty ideals have become louder and louder as more equality has been given to us.

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