Monday, January 08, 2007

TV prayer

Muslims are apparently mightily unhappy that convert Jermaine Jackson's fives time a day praying has been edited out of 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

Someone has posted elsewhere on this blog that "Jermaine has caused national controversy by openly praying his obligatory five time prayers live on national TV. However Channel Four the Broadcaster has censored any footage of the former Jackson Five practicing his faith.

"Outraged Muslims have begun to complain on grounds of fair representation as Shilpa Shetty was broadcast practicing Yoga, they are demanding an explanation from Channel 4 as to why Jermaine praying has been censored.

"Complaints to Ofcom the body that adjudicates media complaints are set to flood in this Monday. Jermaine has begun to attract many thousands of Muslim votes."

Well several things really, one last I checked yoga was not a religion. I know this as I went yesterday and not one person mentioned god and there was no praying. Although, granted, yoga does have a prayer position, but I don't think it has anything to do with opening a direct line to god. I could be wrong.

The only thing I ever got out of yoga was plenty achy and plenty of flexibility.

Secondly, who wants to watch someone pray five times a day? It’s not a spectator sport (OK technically and non technically not even a sport) and it’s also a private matter, not a subject for entertainment.

He's also not the first Muslim in the BB house. Geordie Narinda from 'Big Brother 2' and Shahbaz Chaudhry from 'Big Brother 7' were Muslim… admittedly the last was gay and not practising, but Narinda was and I don’t remember a hoot from the Muslim rent a mob.

We'll check later to find out with Ofcom if Muslims are really as outraged as the poster would have us believe. My guess is not.

While we're on the subject of 'Celebrity Big Brother', exactly how bad an idea was it to bring Jade Goody, her boyfriend Jack and her mother (where the answer about Jade's looks and brains is settled) into the house?

Since the introduction of Jade and making most of the housemates into pissed off servants living in grot, Tower of London singer Donny Tourette has gone over the wall delivering some honest rock'n'roll lifestyle and now film director Ken Russell has had enough after falling out with the loudmouth waste of broadcasting space Jade.

No surprise at all. Dear oh dear, someone at Channel 4 must be getting worked up over this as the whole thing goes down the toilet.


At 12:38 PM, Anonymous The Online Pixie said...

So farewell then
Magnus Magnusson
You've started
And now
You've finished.

With a respectable score of 77
And no passes
You go through to the next round.

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous the pixie said...

I hear what you say Gordie. However, when I was in Chiswick doing yoga the other week (would you believe the number of flexible Yummy Mummys there are out there?) I note there was a prayer like chant at the end. Something along the lines of:

'aaarrghhliga liga liga liga chumdraaaa'.

This was followed by Sandra the housewife wearing a fetching Donna Karen yoga suit clinging little bells.

Tell me this wasn't meant to be religious.

ANYWAY, if you were in the Big Bro House I'd vote for you big man.

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Well Read Ken said...

Ken Livingstone was looking rough on Big Brother wasn't he?

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous the brazo boys are back in town said...

You respond to that and not to the intelligent comment about yoga being a religion! This is Blogging Gone Mad!

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Red Ken?! Huh?

As for Yoga, I know, I've been to classes where there'sa bit of chanting going on, but it all comes at the end before the relaxation period and i think it just adds to the chill and is nothing to do with organised religion.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous too much coffee really isn't helping said...

Does anyone else worry about Ruth Kelly or is it just me?

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous the pixie said...

Sandra seemed pretty organised to me. She had a palm pilot and everything.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Opus Dei will be after you...

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous The Pixie, asking an awkward question. said...

Not for the first time Gordie I can tell you! If there's one thing those Albino Monks hate it's a Pixie Asking Awkward Questions.

So what's the most awkward yoga position you know big man?

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Yoga postions you say?

Well I guess the back bend, it took me ages before i was able to push up on my hands and i don't really like doing it, but its a thing of minor pride.

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous There ain't nothing like a dame said...

Shock horror, the Editor of Brand Republic today continued his flirting with the dividing line between hetro and homo sexuality by letting his love of yoga be known to the world.

over recent days speculation has dampened down but today's comment will have us all recalling Gordie's proclaimed love of 'h' from steps.

You go girl!!!

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Oh please. At the weekend I also kick boxed and went horse riding. It's all very macho activity...and no I don't protest too much.

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous There ain't nothing like a dame said... said...

i hate to tell you but that 'horse' was a stallion and his name was Bruce

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous the online gay-no straight-no gay- no straight- columist who would NEVER shag Tony Parson said...

Somewhere between the base camps (as it were) of homo and hetro lies the no man's land that is metro sexuality. It is here, hiding in the caves on the border of pomosexual and 'camp but straight' that our Editor survives, evading the special forces who search, endlessly search for him.

If no one else can help you, if you can find him, maybe you could hire Gordie.

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous tramps like us baby we were born to blog said...

It wasn't Bruce Springsteen was it?

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous the Pixie- genuinely impressed said...

Blimey Godron that's an awkward position! Does it not hurt when you bend over backwards?

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Hello I'm Johnny Cash. said...

Watched Walk the Line last night. Not as much tightrope walking in it as I thought there'd be. None in fact. Think that title might have been a bit misleading.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Boom, boom.

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who contantly prattle on about other people's sexuality are usually insecure about their own. Additionally, critics who moan that Gordon isn't blogging about what they think he should be blogging about need to check the subscription they pay to the blog and the terms and conditions they agreed to when they started reading it...oh that's right, there aren't any, so DO be quiet. Or start your own blog. This is not 'Points of View'.

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous the slightly abashed online pixie said...

Who was complaining? I love this blog just the way it is; an elegant blog for a more civilised time. Gordon's a great sport and sometimes has really good stories! The occasional silly strand only adds to the humour, wit and intelligence we've come to associate with Gordon's blog.

Honestly Gordie did you really need to get your boyfriend to defend you? ;-)

That was just a joke. That last bit I mean. x

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Angry from Tunbridge Wells writes said...

Dear Gordon why oh why do you do so many big brother stories?

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My comment was not entirely serious, Pixie. Now get your hands off my man. JOKE.

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous This Pixie should be so lucky! said...

Bless you Lost Boy. I hope that someday soon someone finds you.

BTW- re the Kylie gig- she was wonderful!!

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Gordon,

Please get your facts right Narinder (that is how it is correctly spelt) was a Sikh. If you think all asians just from their skin colour are muslims then you really need to open and educate your mind!!!!

As for watching someone pray not being a spectative sport well I do not see any harm in showing the values by what all muslims must adhere to being shown on TV in a positive light.

You must be from the small minority that probably feel that as all muslims should be portrayed negatively.

If the latter is the case then I feel very sorry for you. Jermaine Jackson is a lovely human being and yes he is also a muslim. deal with it!!!

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous just had a steak sandwich at the pub pixie said...

Ignoring the comment about Gordon's sloppy misunderstanding of Nirander's faith I think I need to defend Godron here. He's not got a problem with Muslims. He's very open minded about these things. It's meat eaters he has a problem with. He picks on us all the time.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Nirander was a muslim, she talked about meccas and about prayer on the show. Last I checked Sikhs didn't give a stuff about mecca.

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your facts right first. Narinder is a sikh and she was filmed praying in the big brother house.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narinda is NOT a Muslim Name, sees how much you know!! It is a Sikh name.

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon, you have little understanding of the place yoga has in religion as you are a beginner in yoga. I mean this spiritually more than physically. That is clear. DO a little reading to expand your understanding. Allow me to recommend Google with the search terms: yoga, religion.

Regarding the issue of Jermaine praying, there is a difference between censoring it totally as a political motivation and showing him praying five times a day, everyday.

You may have to read that sentence again to understand.


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