BBC PC bollocks under attack

The BBC gets a lot of respect from around the world – but the sad truth is it is a bloated public service where left-wing nutters have time on their hands to come up with all kinds of crap, all paid for by the British taxpayer. One of the biggest purveyors of the global warming myth and other politically correct mumbo jumbo.
Their latest example of PC nonsense has resulted in a huge backlash:

The BBC is facing a backlash from leading presenters over suggestions that they should use “religiously neutral” terms instead of “BC” or “AD” to avoid causing non-Christians offence.

Guidance from the broadcaster’s ethics specialists suggested that the modern phrases “common era” and “before common era” should be considered as potential replacements for Anno Domini and Before Christ.

The proposal caused consternation among Christian traditionalists and some of the corporation’s most famous names, who promised to ignore the idea.

James Naughtie, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said: “Nobody has suggested this to me, and if they do, they will get a pithy answer, which may be too pithy to share with readers of the Telegraph.”

His fellow Today presenter, John Humphrys, said he did not see “a problem” with using BC and AD, as the terms were “clearly understood” by most audiences.

During his Sunday morning political programme on BBC1, Andrew Marr said that he would also continue to use the traditional date descriptions.

“I say AD and BC because that’s what I understand,” he told viewers. “I don’t know what the ‘common era’ is. Why is it the ‘common era’ in 20AD and it wasn’t the ‘common era’ in 20BC?”

London Mayor Boris Johnson lets rip here:

You know what, I just don’t think this is good enough. This decision by the BBC is not only puerile and absurd. It is also deeply anti-democratic, and I urge all those who are fed up with the advance of pointless political correctness to fight back…

…I object to this change because it reflects a pathetic, hand-wringing, Lefty embarrassment about thousands of years of cultural dominance by the West.

The simple fact is that the Roman empire was programmatic of most of our modern global civilisation, and the decision by Constantine in 330 AD to make Christianity the official religion was one of the most important moments in the history of that empire. That is why we have used this system for 1,500 years and more, and that is why it is accepted in China, Japan and just about anywhere you care to mention that this is the year 2011. The BBC needs to stop spending time and money on this sort of footling political correctness. Someone needs to get out down the corridor and find the individual who passed this edict and give him or her a figurative kick in the pants. I know it sounds like a trivial thing to get worked up about, but one trivial thing leads to another. I urge all readers to get out their Basildon Bond and hit the emails – to Mark Thompson and Lord Patten. Let’s fight this Beeb drivel now.

 


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  • johnno

    Boris I love you and want to have your babies …………….. oh for a mayor or politician that said such things in NZ.

  • sarah koman

    BBC…bc/ad> Check your facts. Your story is bullshit. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2011/sep/26/1

  • I call bullshit

    CE and BCE are used within academic theology, archeology, and the study of ancient literature. Hardly the bastions of PC university leftism. You could choose your fights better.

    Just because you’ve never heard of it, doesn’t make it improper.

  • Not true

    CE and BCE are used within academic theology, archeology, and the study of ancient literature. Hardly the bastions of PC university leftism. You could choose your fights better.

    The usual suspects are playing the victim card and throwing a wobbly – Just because one had never heard of the terms doesn’t make them improper.

  • Bill Burroughs

    OK, apart from this being unresearched bullshit, maybe we should change the meaning of BC and AD to something else; which means the Xians can use their term, and the rest of it can use our term…also, we should change AM and PM. Personally, I like to have a margarita with my lunch, it makes the rest of the day much better.

    AM = Apres Margarita
    PM = Post Margarita

    :)

  • Guest

    Après = Post. I suggest ‘Avant’.

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