Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fagburn: And In Other TV News...

Apparently there's some election thing going on in America, a far-off country of which - as is evident from reading Twitter today - we know little.
This means there is a 24-hour moratorium on reporting about any other news, but here's a few quickies from TV Land...

• D'oh! Channel 4 have apologised for editing out a non-pejorative use of the word "gay" in a repeat of The Simpsons broadcast last Sunday lunchtime.
'A spokesman said: “We always carefully consider the context in which language is used in our programming. However in this instance the episode was edited in error as neither the word nor the context was unsuitable.”' The Independent.
It's accompanied by a sidebar on five other famous "gay controversies", which appears to be the product of ye olde journalistic standby; "Having a quick look on Google."

Update: Here's the Telegraph's report'; 'Channel 4 has admitted to editing the word "gay" out of an episode of The Simpsons in an "overly cautious' move."'
There is of course no irony in the fact the Telegraph is the only British national newspaper whose style guide says journalists shouldn't use the word "gay"

ITV have now confirmed that the "gay sitcom", Vicious Old Queens, is a-happening.
This story originated in the notoriously unreliable and fantasist Daily Star Sunday, and I couldn't find one journalist who bothered to check it.
I did. Obvs. Cause I'm a saint.
Here's Media Guardian's story. And here's Guardian Online's earlier take on it - pure churnalism that, being boring, I complained to their Readers' Editor about.
This may seem trivial and petty - which I obviously am - but if even The Guardian can't take a few minutes to check a story from a trashy tabloid, then we, friends, are fucked.

Nadine Dorries, Tory MP and mad evil homophobic witch, has been suspended from the Conservative party for ignoring her parliamentary duties and pissing off for a few well-paid weeks in Australia to take part in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.  
Many have said they hope they keep her there.
Mad Nad's suspension may have more to do with her vocal criticisms of David Cameron And George Osborne.
And her appearance in IACGMOOH may have more to do with her being not really interested in politics, but in trying to make herself famous.
Or maybe she just likes noshing on kangaroo testicles?
As ever, never trust a politician, or a journalist for that matter, who gets off on seeing their picture in the papers or their face on TV.
Their vanity is your enemy. 

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