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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Auntie Uses 1984 As A Blue Print

As loyal readers know, George Orwell wrote "1984" to warn about the rise of the totalitarian state and the use by that state of surveillance, censorship and history revisionism to control people's lives.

Well good old Auntie has not only read it, but has decided to use it as a blue print for how she handles repeats.

Thus it came to pass that Auntie exercised a wee bit of Orwellian word deletion and censored a recent repeat airing of Fawlty Towers. The Telegraph reports that the offending episode had a scene with the words “wogs” and “niggers” in it. The major, played by Ballard Berkeley, is explaining the difference between the two.

The BBC cut the line out.

Auntie was of the view that the words are offensive, yes they are. However, context is everything, had Auntie bothered to watch her own show she would have seen that the entire point of the scene was to mock the major for being a racist not to gratuitously insult people of other ethnic origins.

Aside from needing to learn the subtleties of humour, Auntie needs also to understand that airbrushing history is a futile exercise as it always comes back to bite you in the arse (can I use the word "arse" before the watershed?)!

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  1. Anonymous12:04 PM

    It’s a pity that they were not so righteous over the past decades with their paedophile TV presenters and DJ’s.

    Oh well, there is always another programme about buying and selling antiques or renovating houses to watch. No bad language on them, and SO cheap to make.

  2. Marxist Nanny learned from an early age that, if you can control what people learn through the state's education (indoctrination) system and what news and opinions people receive through the media, you can control the population. Al Ja-Beeba is a big player within the Cultural Marxist agenda which is so loved by most of our politicians, from Nu Labour through Green Labour to Blu-Labour and the FibDems.

  3. Lord of Atlantis10:53 AM

    If one were to censor everything that people might in some way find offensive, very soon there would be nothing left to watch, except totally sterile programmes. I have no problems with these words in the context they were used, as the times represented in 'Fawlty Towers' were very different to today's society. In any case, as you pointed out, Ken, it is the user of the words, the Major, who ends up looking an idiot. Why can't these jerks concentrate on issues that really matter, instead of this pc rubbish? It is also worth noting that until recent times the only countries in Europe to practice censorship were Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia!