Friday, March 31, 2006

PC cell

London Underground has gone all horribly political correct and pulled a poster promoting a new FX show because it has the word Muslim in it. Just the word. What next?

OK, the word is being used to promote a new show about Al-Qaeda terrorists, but the Muslim on the poster is a good guy, it has nothing to do with 7/7, he's portrayed in a positive light. That has to be a good thing.

The drama 'Sleeper Cell' tells the story of his infiltration of an Al-Qaeda cell planning to blow up LA (that sounds kind of -- Jack Bauer -- familiar).

Why would your average Muslim be offended by that? There are no cartoons present, as far as I could see. Are programme makers and advertisers not allowed to reflect the reality of the world we live in?

Banning the poster draws far more attention to the issue than letting it run and go unnoticed, pretty much like FX, which is only available to Sky customers. It sounds like a sub-'24' drama, we'll probably never hear of it again.

Looks like Britain's newest political party might agree. Johannes Shanmugam, a former Sri Lankan, refugee, has started an anti-political correctness party, according to The Times.


At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this not another example of the school of shock advertising popularised by French Connection? Make the ad shocking in some way, ban it then generate loads of headlines by banning it. It's a nice way of generating word of mouth.

At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Will said...

How many times. There is no such thing as political correctness


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