Monthly Archives: February 2009

American Cinema Chains and British Films

Tonight I tried to see ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. This has been nominate for so many awards, yet it gets ONE showing per night at the cinemas. Then it will probably be gone again in a week.

This is typical of the way British films get treated. I almost think it is an actual conspiracy to force British films to fail. Yet, these chains will show Hollywood pap 8 times a day that no one will go an see.

What to do?!

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BBC

Dear Sirs and Madams

I wish to complain about the current climate of censorship and internal fear which is becoming more than visible to the general public and license payer.

In the last two weeks I have heard of people from being banned from sayings certain words incase they might be offensive. These have included:

  • Calling a female dog a ‘bitch’ on morning radio show, where the presenter, much to the aghast of the interviewee and the listener, apologized for this ‘offensive word’.
  • A recent interviewee on BBC Breakfast was unable to promote the title of his book because it contained the word ‘tit’, which was reference to the a type of bird (bearded tit).

I could continue, but I do think this situation is becoming absolutely absurd. How many more words are we to ban or censor? Will we no longer hear about the Blue Tit?

I think that these, or any ‘words’ in the correct context, should never be censored. Saying a bird (or even a book!) ‘Bearded Tit’, or that dog is a ‘bitch’, even if they are meant as double meanings, should be allowed without fear or censorship.

I believe in treating people with respect, so could the BBC please treat the majority of its license fee payers with the respect we deserve and not treat us all with the timidity that we are witnessing of late.

Yours faithfully

Peter J Nicholls