When censorship bites the hand that supports it

Mind boggling… It is shocking that, no matter how bad a song it is, Money For Nothing is being banned from Candian airwaves for using an offensive word.
The word in use is fa**ot, but the ban ignores the context in which it is used, which is actually hyper-critical of the character that is singing the song. May as well burn copies of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird because they use the N word, regardless of the context in which it is used.

Of course, we already have instances of places in the United States banning Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer because of its use of the N word which has lead to edited versions being released.

What a world we now live in when artistic works that actually support causes of equality are now being removed because of their use of a word that could be offensive if it is used in a certain context. How depressing.


Mitch Benn’s Proud of the BBC

Very little needs to be said about this. Mitch Benn, famous comedic song writer of The One Show and Watchdog has performed this little ditty, which says pretty much everything that needs to be said about this great British institution, that we can never afford to let go of.

The race for Christmas Number One

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In the last four years this particular battle had been nullified by a TV show called The X-Factor. The X-Factor is Simon Cowell’s TV show format to replace the Idol shows, baring very little difference except the contestants are divided into groups and given a mentor (pretty much no more than a figure head) who is also one of the judges on the show. Each year since they first started releasing their winner’s song in the week before Christmas, the X-Factor has dominated the number 1 position in the UK charts for that week. Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson and Alexandra Burke all garnered Number One hit songs from the X-Factor.

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