Along with our usual banter and a look at recent news stories, our Free Speech topic on the right to ‘insult and offend’ looks at discriminatory language and, in particular, racism.
It’s a different tone to the show’s opening this week as Morgan’s humour is quite literally of the toilet variety. NotMorgan reflects on his long, confusing rambles and attribution errors from last week, before looking at some varied and weird news stories. Jellyfish nappies and Toblerone-wielding ‘terrorists’ abound, and we take a tangential path into consciousness-altering organ donations and the ‘entangled’ properties of blood.
Then, two white guys, whose only real personal experience of racism is having French youths shout the names of English food dishes at one of them, start to look at racially-offensive language and whether being insulting and offensive should make you a criminal. We look at what happens when we’re told “you can’t say that”, whatever ‘that’ may be, and aren’t allowed to question or challenge what we’re told. We then look at crimes where an offence was apparently ‘racially-driven’, some of which may surprise. From English cows to Welsh sheep and much in-between, we try to distinguish what, in our eyes, is racist and what might not be. Then, when Jeremy Clarkson and Katy Perry are vilified as ‘high profile’ apparent racists, we wonder whether the history and horrors of ‘true’ racism are being diluted and forgotten in today’s ‘social media society’. Is stereotyping racist? Is it possible to use racist language without actually being a racist? NotMorgan recounts when he was unknowingly, and certainly not intentionally, racist about people he’s always had massive respect for, Australia’s Aboriginals.
Our usual request for people to get involved turns into an anti-advertising piece, before creative commons music plays us out. We enjoyed recording the show and hope that you will enjoy listening.
Morgan’s Complaint to the BBC
When I saw ‘Will I Am’ answer his watch phone, I had no doubt this was product placement. I suspected it may be a Samsung Gear Watch, after the recent native advertising of the Samsung Galaxy Note at the Oscars by Ellen DeGeneres. However, it transpires that it is his own product, to be launched later this year, that he has been recently promoting on other TV broadcasts. I am VERY disappointed in the BBC. Will I Am and the Voice producers should be taken to task for their blatant abuse of the UK taxpayers’ trust!
The BBC’s Response
Thanks for contacting us regarding BBC One’s ‘The Voice UK,’ broadcast on 5 April.
We understand you feel Will was using the programme to promote his own product when he spoke on the phone to Cheryl Cole.
We can assure you the BBC is prohibited from the terms of its Charter from advertising. Specifically we’re not permitted to accept income or benefit financially by promoting the goods of outside companies. We are required however, as a public service financed by the licence fee, to reflect society and the modern world in which we live, and to cater to a broad range of viewers…
Organ donor recipients and ‘transplanted memories’:
Vimeo – Link to the Channel 4 documentary ‘Transplanting Memories’
Grail World’s introductory article on the ‘Phenomenon of Memory Transplant’
The ‘entangled’ properties of blood:
Although I was sure there was recent research in this field, I was only able to find instances relating to the late Cleve Backster’s experiments. If anyone is able to provide links to recent, relevant research (whether in support of or arguing against this theory) then please get in touch with us. The two links below are very basic introductions to Cleve Backster’s work.
A YouTube clip from the late 80s TV show ‘Incredible Sunday’
The Sun Magazine – Derrick Jensen’s interview with Cleve Backster
Reform of the Australian Racial Discrimination Laws:
SBS’ reporting including a link to the Australian Racial Discrimination Act 1975
The Age: Chris Berg’s article ‘How George Brandis’ race-hate laws are good for democracy’
Books mentioned in the show:
‘Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps’ by Allan and Barbara Pease.
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