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National AIDS Trust: The BBC should not penalise Graham Norton for wearing an AIDS awareness ribbon

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  1. In their statement they say ‘The BBC must remain independent and distanced from government initiatives, campaigners, charities and their agendas’ –

    with the exception of Poppies which is a campaign and reflects a charities events – So War Veterans are more important than HIV awareness? Really, who decided that – some fat wealthy tory yes man – Disgusting – How dare the BBC dictate what is acceptable what is not -

  2. Edgar Carpenter 10 Dec 2013, 4:20pm

    If every presenter who is prevented from wearing an AIDS awareness ribbon explains on-air why they are not wearing one, AIDS awareness will be well served.

    The BBC’s position is, of course, bollocks. How long has it been since the last “Children In Need” campaign was on everywhere? Adults in need deserve on-air mention, too.

  3. Not exactly on-topic, but just to remind everyone that the BBC Trust news and current affairs consultation ends this Friday -

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/news/press_releases/2013/news_current_affairs.html

    1. Midnighter 10 Dec 2013, 8:08pm

      Thanks Dave, I actually went and responded to the consultation (and had a whinge about the lack of coverage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act amongst other things.

  4. So says Aunty Beeb:

    Red poppies honourable and good
    Red noses fun and fine
    Red ribbons not on!

  5. What more can one expect! This is the biased, left-wing, anti-gay BBC and this is the sort of stupidity that it always indulges in.

  6. Nancy Miller 10 Dec 2013, 6:16pm

    Appalling! BBC sensorship? My God it’s like Nazi Germany. What the hell is wrong with wearing a freaking red pin? If he was wearing a pink one, he would be praised up and down and over the moon. It’s ok to support cancer and poppies and anything else that’s PC, but not HIV/AIDS awareness and a cure? Well, I pray for a plague on the BBC and your sensors. A plague of sudden sanity and goodwill toward mankind. Honest to God, I don’t know what is the matter with you.

  7. The BBC’s “due impartiality” means that it believes views like “most homosexuals don’t want to consider that they have a disorder that can be treated” are perfectly acceptable. The Sun may have stopped using words like p**f. Not the BBC – it was used today. There really should be a campaign against the BBC’s homophobia.

  8. PeterinSydney 10 Dec 2013, 8:02pm

    It seems that the BBC continues to be anti-gay. It should be shamed for its continued bias.

  9. Aunties lost the plot … I seem to recall presenters wearing pink ribbons for breast cancer…nothing was said about that, whats the difference ?? Shameful BBC… Bureaucratic Bigot Corporation

  10. Brian Sallis 10 Dec 2013, 9:32pm

    The BBC are wrong to stop Graham Norton from wearing the HIV ribbon

    1. yes they very wrong

  11. The National Aids Trust have a petition
    http://act.lifewithhiv.org.uk/lobby/14

  12. The equaliser 11 Dec 2013, 4:58am

    Biased, left wing, anti gay? Do you think if they were right wing they’d be less anti gay?

  13. I have put a complaint in about this matter to the BBC directly. I doubt it will make any difference however.

  14. Mihangel apYrs 11 Dec 2013, 10:46am

    and yet the BBC COMMANDS its presenters to wear the red poppy

    Hypocisy

  15. Come on BBC, really!?

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the BBC is basically the same as the ABC here in Australia. Why wouldn’t you want to do your part in raising awareness of key and important issues with the people in the British community.

    I hope this issue isn’t because of what this red ribbon represents raising awareness and showing support/solidarity for those affected by HIV. The BBC owes Graham and it’s viewers and community an appology over this outrageous reaction not to mention any other presenter or host who has received the same treatment for wearing a yellow ribbon for cancer, a pink ribbon for breast cancer, a white ribbon for violence against women, a blue checked ribbon for our police force, a red nose for SIDS, etc.

    Congratulations and well done Graham for wearing the red ribbon.

  16. Graham was supporting a charity that is fighting an awful illness, not campaigning for a political party! What is wrong with Britain, especially the BBC these days ?

  17. What petty-minded idiots at the BBC – they should be reprimanded. Well done Graham, you’re a true star!!

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