Comments:BBC receives 487 complaints after 'Dancing' race row
What is your opinion on Bruce Forsyth's reaction?
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In a way it’s rather ironic that a television programme that made ballroom dancing cool again should have provided such a flat footed response to the racist comments made by Anton Du Beke to his dance partner Lalia Rouass.
Let’s say the easy things first; yes Du Beke was, in his imagination at least making an amusing remark with no malicious intent. That, of course, does not mean that it wasn’t offensive and the remark should have cost him his job, which would be the outcome of such an incident in any other workplace.
So why have the BBC dragged their feet over the issue, after all they were quick enough when it came to sacking Carol Thatcher for a similar offence?
Cynics would tell you that the sacking of Carol Thatcher had more to do with her second name that the enormity of he crime. Depending on their point of view this allows the cynics to depart to the far corner of the student union bar of their imagination to either gloat over a blow being struck for the oppressed workers or to grumble about political correctness gone mad.
In this case I’m inclined to take an even more cynical view, namely that the BBC has allowed what should have been a simple disciplinary matter to become a minor national scandal as a means of attracting publicity to a programme that is starting to look rather tired.
It won’t work, when Strictly Come Dancing burst onto our screens a few years ago the nation took it to its heart because it seemed to represent the sort of good, old fashioned family entertainment that is all too rare amidst the ‘edgy’ fare doled out to viewers. The last year’s voting scandal and the sacking of acerbic judge Arlene Phillips has taken the shine off Strictly’s reputation and this latest fuss will only hasten decline of a programme that has long since passed its best. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 10:17, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
short form national terms
Does a British person get upset if they are referred to as a Brit? Why should anyone get upset over calling someone who is or looks Pakistani a Paki? Is there something so wrong with people from Pakistan that nobody wants to be associated with them? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:52, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Okay, so once again people are getting their knickers in a twist over the use of the word 'Paki' - can someone explain why? From what I can see, it wasn't used as a term of abuse or offense in the current context - if Leila had been wearing a kilt & Anton said 'You look like a Scot!', would there have been the same outcry? I think not... I'm proud to be called a 'Brit', & I know people who refer to themselves as 'Finns' & 'Danes' & 'Swedes'... & the list goes on.... Strikes me there are far more serious things going on in the world right now to worry about....... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Moonknight (talk • contribs) 23:18, 16 October 2009 (UTC)