I know most people are tired of hearing about this, but it is true.
The Bbc is one of the most recognized and well-loved British television channels and is now the most watched television channel in the world. It’s not so surprising then that it’s been at the center of many interesting controversies in its recent history.
The Bbc’s most recent controversy was a bizarre story about an uninvited guest who, although she was not a guest, was allowed to tape some of the channel’s programming. In the video, she makes several allegations about the way the Bbc has handled complaints about issues like child abuse on its shows, as well as the way it uses the BBC Trust to make questionable decisions about copyright matters.
I’ll tell you what’s surprising: Bbcs recent controversies have had a lot of people wondering about the Bbcs position on many contentious matters. For example, in the very first week of January, at a meeting of the BBC Trust, several Trustees were discussing whether the Bbcs should be allowed to make decisions on issues like the BBC’s use of the word ‘joke’.
At the next meeting of the Trust, where the decision was made, one Trustee was asked what she thought of the idea. “It’s a bit of a loaded word, isn’t it?” said the Trustee. “I believe that the word ‘joke’ is a matter of debate and you shouldn’t be in a position of deciding that people can’t say something like that.
Well it’s also a bit of a loaded question because it seems to imply that we have some sort of right to decide what jokes are acceptable or unacceptable. I guess it’s a matter of context. The context of the word joke goes back a long time, to before the BBC banned it. Now, I don’t think it’s appropriate to ban the word joke, but I also don’t think it’s bad form to talk about whether it can be or should be considered a joke.
The BBC banned the word “Joke” from its list of words to be banned (from the back of the book “In The News”). The word “Joke” was the last word in the list of banned words, and it was the only word in that particular back of the book on the list. The reason given for the ban was that it was offensive.
In the time since then, some have argued that the BBC should have banned the word joke as well. As they did with other words that had the word Joke in them, for instance, they argued that the word joke was racist. However, there is no evidence that the BBC itself was racist, and the word was used in the same manner as the other banned words.
In the UK, the word ‘joke’ has been associated with a number of acts of racist violence, including the murder of black children in the London riots of 2011. A recent report by the NSPCC and Children in Need found that “Joke’s use has become a common expression of racist abuse, as well as a form of abuse that can be used to describe, mock and demean.
This is the second time the BBC has been caught using the word ‘joke’ in a racial context in the same manner as the other banned words, but it’s the first time that it’s been used in a manner so racist that the BBC has condemned it.