Monday, March 17, 2008

Boom fucking boom

Via The Englishman, I see that someone has made a complaint about Basil Brush.
The children’s television character Basil Brush is at the centre of a police investigation after an allegation that an episode of the programme was racist towards gipsies.

A complaint was made after an episode of the long-running BBC show aired in February this year, which featured a gipsy character selling pegs and lucky heather and a joke about a fortune teller stealing Basil’s wallet.

Gipsies have reported the show to Northamptonshire Police alleging that the storyline is racist towards their community and way of life.

Really? I wonder whence they stole the TV and electricity to be able watch the show...
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We can confirm we have received a complaint about a TV show featuring Basil Brush from a member of the public.

"The complaint was logged as an incident of a racist nature and we are now investigating."

Oh, goody. I'm so happy that my tax money is being pissed up the wall on yet more unnecessary and frivolous shit carefully husbanded by the police forces and used to direct their formidable teams towards defeating such egregious crimes.

Is this seriously the best use of our limited resources—a criminal investigation into Basil Brush? Doesn't the BBC have a Complaints Division? Oh, look: yes it does.

Isn't there a Broadcasting Standards Commission (Ofcom)? Oh, look: yes, there is.

But no, so appalling is this matter that it must be dealt with as a criminal case and with, no doubt, criminal compensation for the poor, offended gypsies.

Fucking hellski.

6 comments:

JuliaM said...

"Really? I wonder whence they stole the TV and electricity to be able watch the show..."

And I'm sure they have a valid TV license too...

"...so appalling is this matter that it must be dealt with as a criminal case..."

I would say that I'm sure the cops are just as hacked off. But then I remember all those cases where they have been so quick to harass ordinary people in cases where the dreaded 'orders from above' can't be said to be the cause (eating an apple at the wheel, etc), and I wonder.

Chalcedon said...

It was reportedly a 'traveller' which means probably a pikey Irish tinker and not a Romaney. Over the years I have had gypsy women at my door, selling lucky heather and pegs.

As far as I can tell, Irish tinkers are Caucasian just like 93% of the population of the UK. This is just errant nonsense, the sort of rubbish the police love. Too many pc PCs I reckon.

Anonymous said...

Of course the electricty, TV licence and set had been paid for: they were in the house the gyppos broke into, so they watched it all there.

However the crime against that family and their property when reported goes below the pressing need to investigate the hate crime of jokes on TV from a pretend fox who can speak.

A case of muppets chasing puppets...

Henry Crun said...

Heh heh, thanks for this DK. A good mate of mine is a scriptwrite for BB, I can't wait for the next visit to the pub.

jaymason said...

Does anyone remember the thieving gypsy bastards skit in Viz magazine they also had a complaint raised against them that they were being derogatory to our Romany companions only to find that the gentleman that raised the complaint was promptly had up for recieving stolen goods. What a fucking shame!

Anonymous said...

If it was the BBC, then OFCOM has no jurisdiction - another competitive advantage enjoyed by the taxpayer-funded monolith that is the BBC.