TwitterFacebook

BBC Staff in Trouble for Potentially Offending Muslims

• Views: 906

A sign of the impending apocalypse: BBC staff members are in trouble for offending Muslims. (Hat tip: Wishbone.)

Members of the BBC London news team today face a grilling from senior bosses after they filmed a spoof video making light of the conflict in the Middle East.

The film, a skit on Peter Kay’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo? was made to mark the departure of assistant editor Simon Torkington who is going to the news channel Al-Jazeera International in Qatar with his wife, former ITV news anchor Shiulie Ghosh.

The joke video was shown at a private leaving party for Torkington “Storky” - last week. But a copy has been leaked to the Standard by a BBC insider angry that licence fee payers’ cash was used to make a “tasteless” skit that could cause offence to Muslims.

BBC London journalists, including transport correspondent Andrew Winstanley and reporter Sarah Harris, are seen singing a spoof version of the hit song in tea towel head dresses and fake Arabstyle beards, to a video backdrop featuring real-life news footage of missile launchers, tanks and soldiers in gas masks.

BBC London special correspondent Kurt Barling - who has reported extensively on the issues facing Britain’s Muslim community - appears bare-chested and dancing in a Muslim prayer hat. The re-jigged lyrics feature jokes about Osama bin Laden, the traditional Islamic jilbab dress and the Palestinian Intifada. Fronting the video in the Peter Kay role is Ian Wade, a member of BBC London management staff who hit the headlines last summer when he was caught up in the devastating Piccadilly line bombing.

Others said to feature in the video, which sees the group dancing in a stairwell at the BBC’s Marylebone headquarters, in a lift and leaping out of a BBC London van outside the offices, include news anchor Matt Barbet, arts correspondent Brenda Emmanus and reporter Karthi Gnanasegaram, along with half a dozen others who join the dancing at the end.

And notice: these BBC reporters are being preemptively condemned, apparently before any Muslims have complained.

Although the video was never intended to be broadcast outside the BBC, sources say it calls into question the judgment of those involved at a time of heightened sensitivity among Muslim communities.

One insider said: “At a time of great community sensitivities [Not to mention all those terror plots… —ed], is it right for the BBC’s reporting team in London to be seen dressing up as stereotypical Arabs or Muslims, singing and dancing?”

Here’s the incredibly awful video. (Windows Media format.)

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Cheechako
Robinson: What Would Republicans Do?
By Eugene RobinsonWashington Post Writers Group No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday -- and my hunch is they won't do as well as they hope -- the GOP won't be able to claim any kind of ...

46 minutes ago
Views: 38 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Randall Gross
Trick-or-Treat With the President and First Lady
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome area students and the children of military families to the White House for trick-or-treating on Halloween. October 31, 2014.

2 hours, 15 minutes ago
Views: 78 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
Skip Intro
MO’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money
Michael Beckel at the Center for Public Integrity is on the trail of mystery men and their mystery cash. It has led him to a strip mall outside Louisville. Hunt for the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, and one finds no ...

7 hours, 34 minutes ago
Views: 76 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
Vicious Piebola
Funny or Die: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a White Man
FunnyOrDie Video View video at link

1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 275 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
Lumberhead
That Time When Michael Grimm and His Opponent Couldn’t Name a Single Book They Had Read
For a candidate, being able to name a good, safe book when asking about reading habits should be as knee-jerk as enjoying a small-town slice of apple pie. Or kissing a baby. Or being in an ad with puppies ...

1 day, 17 hours ago
Views: 284 • Comments: 4
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
lockjawcanbefun
A perfectly rational reaction to the Ford defeat in Toronto
Don't give up after the first 10 seconds, you'll miss the fun. You can see the story behind this little piece of video here, but clicking on that will spoil the surprise.

3 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 479 • Comments: 5
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 4
FemNaziBitch
Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do | Madina Jarbussynova
As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes ...

3 days, 16 hours ago
Views: 276 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
blah blah ad hominem mumbo jumbo.
Astronomical!: A Visual Of The Distance Between The Earth And The Moon.
This really demonstrates how amazing our journey to the moon really was. Pic and story

4 days, 23 hours ago
Views: 524 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
The War TARDIS
Preview to Doctor Who, Series 8 Finale -SPOILERS- Updated x2
It appears Clara may have gone bad, if the latest trailer is anything to go by: Lines and Pictures to go with them: Clara: Do I have your attention? You will never step inside your TARDIS again Ok... Clara seems ...

6 days, 3 hours ago
Views: 669 • Comments: 9
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
MichaelJ
Jordy Smith + Impossibly Long Sand Bottom Tubes
More: Jordy Smith + Impossibly Long Sand Bottom Tubes 47701

1 week ago
Views: 402 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
 Frank says:

The concept of the rock-guitar solo in the eightees has pretty much been reduced to: Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your guitar like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around!" -- The Real Frank Zappa Book.