Thursday, 11 March 2010
OFCOM and their huge logic fail
Just a quick addendum to my last blog
Further to the Channel 4 'retard' incident that I wrote about, several complaints were made to OFCOM.
And today OFCOM rejected them.
They ruled that Channel 4 have a right to 'freedom of expression'.
For freedom of expression read, the right to say 'retard' with impunity.
Apparently, if you don't direct the word towards a disabled person, it ceases to be offensive.
The fact that 'retard' was being used as an insult notwithstanding.
I seem to recall a Big Brother contestant using the word 'nigger' a few years ago.
When the complaints about this offensive word came rolling in Channel 4 apologised profusely and smuggled the contestant out the back door.
But as I said in my previous blog, racist language is quite rightly viewed as unacceptable. Disablist language is seen as no big deal.
Ironic, because today, on the same day that the word 'retard' was cleared for general use, yet another hate crime brought about the death of a disabled person.
I could go on and on, so I'll wrap this up now, and just ask you to PLEASE, follow this link, fill in your name and email address, and then send the pre-prepared email to OFCOM, challenging their decision.
Disabled people deserve respect. Please help them to obtain it.
UPDATE, 12 March. I just found out today that Channel 4 have made a pilot show with Frankie Boyle called 'Deal with this Retards'. With this in mind, it is more important than ever that OFCOM are pressured to accept that this is an offensive term.
UPDATE, 28 March - OFCOM are reviewing their decision! Thanks to anyone who emailed them, this is great news!