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BBC apologises for broadcast on ‘curing’ Clare Balding of being a lesbian

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  1. The bbc is vehemently homophobic, so no shocks there at their crass ,bigoted humour. Get rid of the license fee , which I have to pay to support their discrimination.

    1. Homophobic and misogynistic too. The BBC seem stuck in the 1950s.

  2. On the Other Hand 3 Jun 2013, 1:57pm

    “He added: “We have warned the BBC for some time that there were problems in their live sports programmes because they have not formally trained staff in what is simply wrong.”

    What about the undeniably biased news reports such as the one I linked to earlier? If anyone could draw attention to these it would be Stonewall.

  3. Midnighter 3 Jun 2013, 1:59pm

    And have they said what they are going to do to ensure it doesn’t happen again?

    “Oops sorry” is far to trivial a response.

  4. Why is it that many straight men think that their “‘ol one eye” will be the magic wand to “cure” lesbians, but are so afraid that it’ll “turn gay” if they come in contact with gay men? A heads up to those straight men – you ain’t all that.

  5. “Thanks for tuning into this week’s show on corrective rape for sports commentators.
    Next week on ‘Defending the indefencible’ we’ll be discussing the benefits of keeping slaves, and how Hitler’s five year plan pulled Germany out of recession.”
    The mind boggles…

    1. Robert (Kettering) 3 Jun 2013, 5:45pm

      Great one Flapjack. Perhaps they could debate turning Halloween into a national Witch Burning festival, just think of all the old maids they could harass! Then there’s the “Burn a Heretic Week” when “unbelievers” and those pesky members of the Secular Society could be sorted out once and for all.

    2. Harlequin 5 Jun 2013, 1:03am

      Previous episodes have apparently included “Cricket has been cheapened now common people and ladies have jumped on the bandwagon”, “I believe the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race should take place in Iranian territorial waters”, “The German football team should wear PVC Nazi outfits as a show of support to Max Mosley”, “I’d gladly drink a pint of Maradona’s liposuction fat for Comic Relief” and “Just like Ashley Cole, vomiting is a vital part of my lovemaking”.

      Balding herself has participated in previous DtI rounds of the show.

  6. Jock S. Trap 3 Jun 2013, 2:05pm

    This is the BBC all over.

    It’s showing more and more that the BBC is a homophobic institution that forces us to pay for them to abuse us.

    Why? It’s not just sport. I question there attitude towards the reporting of Marriage Equality too.

    Time for action against them. Fact is I pay for the channel I want and I don’t want the BBC, so do I have to pay for them or risk a £1,000 fine.

    They clearly don’t want me but only my money.

    Time to privatise the BBC, me thinks.

  7. Disgusting! Sexist & homophobic – well done, bet you feel like a real man now. What a c@ck!

    It is truly despicable that we are forced to pay for this abuse.

  8. That There Other David 3 Jun 2013, 2:25pm

    Shocking. Women the world over, whether lesbian or not, have to endure this sort of crap about men knowing their sexuality better than the women themselves do. The BBC is obviously just as staffed by Neanderthals as it was during the era of Jimmy Saville and all those other sex abusers.

    1. T9im Jones 3 Jun 2013, 6:28pm

      I’m pretty sure Neanderthals were nice people, engaged in co-operation and caring for the lesser able group members. They had speech, but not a written language that we have yet discovered. They became extinct around 24,000 years ago due to an ice encroachment (Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals have been on the go for 2.4 million years) and their DNA is still alive today in modern man. They were NOT unthinking ignorant savages.

  9. I am beginning to believe that the BeeB is pre-meditated with it’s homophobia – This is disgusting – how dare they spend air time actually discussing this – apologies are simply not enough.

  10. Unbelievably offensive and disgusting. The BBC always has an excuse for this kind of cr*p – usually along the lines of ‘it was just a joke’. There is NO excuse for this at all.

    Who’s idea was it? Will they be disciplined? And what about Bob Mills? What kind of sad f*cker of a man would think that was OK to say?

  11. Jan Bridget 3 Jun 2013, 3:37pm

    Keep strong, Clare. It’s about time there was a programme on homophobia within the BBC.

  12. Christopher Coleman 3 Jun 2013, 3:47pm

    Seems to me that the whole point of “defending the indefensible” is that the content will be offensive and politically incorrect. It’s usually called irony. The added irony is that people who are truly homophobic can only freely comment in a context that is, by its very nature, unreal. We would all be better off if we offended everyone — as often as possible. It might be better yet, if we were more adept at differentiating between real offensiveness and mock offensiveness. Thicker skins for all.

    1. Do you think that a teenage girl, who has been privately struggling to come to terms with her same sex attraction and then had her self confidence knocked for six when she listened to this radio program, also needs a “thicker skin”? I don’t. Please remember that not everyone is in a position to laugh this sort of thing off.

      1. Very well said Brian…Thank you :) God knows what it would have done to mine if I’d heard such a thing :/

  13. Yes it always appears acceptable to be “laddish ” on Sports programmes and make homophobic and sexist remarks.
    Don’t ever listen to Talksport it’s even worse than the BBC

  14. Robert (Kettering) 3 Jun 2013, 4:37pm

    Just proves again how homophobic the BBC is doesn’t it. They can’t even bring themselves to give a balanced view on SSM and give so much air time to the homophobes and bigots.

    Here they are again picking on Claire, God Bless her.

  15. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Jun 2013, 4:49pm

    This only makes the relevance of their monopoly on tv licences that much more irrelevant and cries out for reform and competition. Why should we be compelled to pay the BBC for unbalanced programming and biased reporting in favour of the opposition in just about everything?

    Time to get rid of state funded media outlets and bring in privatisation, something that most conservatives should be falling over themselves to support.

    I think Ben Summerskill should add the BBC to it’s list of BIgot of the Year Award, richly deserved.

  16. LittleGhost 3 Jun 2013, 4:52pm

    Homophobia dressed up as ‘laddish banter': the “we’re just ‘avin’ a laugh excuse? I hope Clare sues. She’d win too.

  17. JackAlison 3 Jun 2013, 5:41pm

    absolutely disgusting.
    Of course the BBC would be aware of the violent nature of ‘conversion rape’ which is very common in South Africa?
    Im so tired of the BBC and how a year or so ago we had to contend with a polling page on their website entitled “should gays be executed” refering to killl the gays bill in Africa.

  18. shes a Lesbian…..never,,,,,shes so lovely…

  19. She’s a lesbian….never….shes so lovely…

    1. why all the minus…the never bit was if it was to shock that we did’nt know that she was….not in a bad way….she is lovely….

  20. glasgow1975 3 Jun 2013, 5:49pm

    how on earth does Bob Mills still get employment? He’s the unfunniest guy in broadcasting . . .

  21. Tim Jones 3 Jun 2013, 6:34pm

    This is appalling on so many levels.

    And we are reeling from homophobia in football. A so much more worthy discussion to have. You can’t cure that with a 20 minute todger session.

    How disingenuous of the BBC to suggest that this sort of slipped through on a live broadcast. The station may be called 5 Live, but this content was recorded and therefore subject to editorial review. Bad BBC.

  22. Bob Mills is a rancid old man & the BBC continually put these “lads” on TV who are nothing more than misogynists but will Ofcom or the BBC do anything probably not!…….Hope Claire sues!

  23. If this rubbish programme had offered to “cure” someone who was black or Jewish, would the recording have been aired?

    Obviously not ! (I hope.)

    So why did no-one pull the plug on this one before transmission?

    1. Harlequin 5 Jun 2013, 1:07am

      Judging from the nature and history of the segment, yes, I think it would have been aired.

      It seems that hosts have often reiterated during the shows that ‘defences’ are a mockery of people who might hold such views.

  24. While I defend your right to be offended, please be consistent in your writing. You quote the name of the round as ‘Defend the Indefensible’….and in the next paragraph use the phrase ‘The statement offensively put across as true” …. crass or not, the programme goes out of it’s way to point out that it is a joke, and not to be taken as a definitive viewpoint or statement. Really, it couldn’t be more clear. Whether you find it funny or not is up to you, but do we really need to bring censorship into it?

    1. Harlequin 5 Jun 2013, 1:07am

      Indeed.

  25. Seems strange how straight guys think they could make me straight by ‘giving me one’ but know full well that if a gay man ‘gave them one’ they’d still be straight!

    Idiots!!

    I just can’t believe that someone thought this was A: entertainment and B: Funny!!

    When I think of all those gay women who are constantly raped in other countries to ‘make them straight’ and they have THIS homophobic filth to entertain people!! Disgusting!!

  26. I cannot believe that this kind of bigotry language and ignorance is allowed on such programmes by the BBC. If they are seen to condone it then what kind of precedent does that set? It’s setting Equality back 30 years – like we need that. May I remind the BBC & Colin Murray about the outcome with Andy Grey and Richard Keys for their derogatory remarks. I think the same should happen here and axe the show in the meantime.

  27. These ‘men’ [ if that is the right word though i’m ashamed to even think i share the same atoms let alone chromosomes ] appear to be promoting/soliciting sexual violence and violence against women. Isn’t that a criminal offence? Maybe it’s time the Met really dealt with the bbc? Anyone who lives in London please report this to the Metropolitan Police on their website as a Hate Crime.

  28. Homophobic jibes again bbc! You really need a bollocking.

  29. Diana Hodson 4 Jun 2013, 5:59pm

    this is horrific, are there any legislative groups whom can prosecute V BBC.. In the light of Jimmy Saville paedophile case, moves were being made to take action V “Newsnight” –??? perhaps we need a “”watchdog” with stronger legal capabilities ??

  30. Grow up BBC.

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