Monday, August 20, 2007

Touchy, Touchy, Touchy: BBC Changes Plot "To Avoid Offending Muslims"




The BBC has dropped plans to show a fictional terror attack in an episode of Casualty to avoid offending Muslims.


The first show of the hospital drama's new series was to have featured a storyline about an explosion caused by Islamic extremists.

The stars of Casualty won't be dealing with an explosion caused by Islamic extremists in case it offends Muslims

Now the bomb will be set off by animal rights campaigners instead.

A BBC spokesman said: "With any storyline there are lots of ideas that get put forward but don't make the series."

Usually when they do this, the terrorist becomes a neo-Nazi and/or a rich, white, male, Christian from the South. The big switcheroo this time is that the villain becomes an animal rights activist. This is not going over well, and we know this because the grievance mechanism is firmly in place.

Just out of curiousity, I decided to google the phrase, "to avoid offending [insert religion here], and see who the touchiest religion was, and who the least touchy religion was. I would brag that the home team won the latter title, though to do so would cease to make me a member of that hometeam. Ah, paradox.

Results 1 - 10 of about 18,700 for +"to avoid offending Muslims". (0.17 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 200 for +"to avoid offending Christians". (0.11 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 56 for +"to avoid offending Catholics". (0.39 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 52 for +"to avoid offending atheists". (0.36 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 29 for +"to avoid offending Hindus". (0.32 seconds)
Results 1 - 1 of 1 for +"to avoid offending Buddhists". (0.53 seconds)
Your search - +"to avoid offending Taoists" - did not match any documents.


UPDATE: I know, I know, I somehow left someone off the list. I don't know how, but I did. I guess I got so excited by the Taoist return that I lost my sense of greater purpose. Here ya go, cruisin' in at very distant number #3...

Results 1 - 10 of about 133 for +"to avoid offending Jews". (0.36 seconds)

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiousity, I plugged in "to avoid offending Jews" and only came up with 140; only slightly less than using "...Christians...". Hmmmmm...

4:30 PM  
Anonymous least said...

heh

4:40 PM  
Blogger Attila said...

You left out "to avoid offending Jews."

I'm offended!!!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Attila said...

P.S. It was 133.

5:36 PM  
Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

Results 1 - 1 of 1 for "to avoid offending sikhs". (0.33 seconds)

Your search - "to avoid offending unitarians" - did not match any documents.

Your search - "to avoid offending scientologists" - did not match any documents.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post offends me.

6:25 PM  

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