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Not the best time for the BBC to be racist and sexist

Tweets and texts and clangers that drop loudly in the night have landed many a red face in the soup – as BBC Cumbria has discovered to its embarrassment.

Not the first, nor even the last to run away with the idea that a seemingly smart social media quip will be taken with a pinch of salt, its tweet: “If you could have a Filipina woman, why would you want a Cumbrian one?” caused fury and outrage.

It invited interaction with the presenter of a show featuring a 60- something Cumbrian man’s yearnings to head to the Philippines to “get younger and better women” than he could in his home county.

“I feel as if I have given this country the best years of my life .... now it’s me time,” he said, claiming he could “have” a girl aged around 20, if he travelled farther afield.

Public outcry was instant. Hundreds of angry complaints were registered and BBC Cumbria was lambasted for managing to be sexist, ageist and racist all in one short snap. But to be fair, the BBC chaps had said they’d wanted a response.

The Beeb apologised on air and on Twitter a few hours after the storm had broken.

Some might argue it had been successfully been contained where it should always have been – in a teacup.

Interesting though that the views of a sad, wannabe sex tourist in his 60s, hankering after fun with girls a fraction of his age and regarded by him as commodities for his entitled use, should have been deemed worthy of promotion by the BBC – already up to its neck in trouble over similar, though not identical, attitudes.

As an example of uncomfortable exposure of Neanderthal opinions, it was illuminating, depressing, sickening in parts. But it was by no means exclusive.

Hangover beliefs that the use and abuse of young people are acceptable for an ageing man’s entertainment still exist – very much so, in fact

We have seen what happens when they go unchallenged. Perhaps now is not the best time to promote them as little more than harmless musings.

Have your say

well said Bobby Dash, I have spent many a night packing in carrs and can confirm this, and charlotte I never said sex traffiking is not something to rage about, so far as i understand the original conversation on the radio made no mention of this, what i am saying is that this was meerly a coversation between two old fellas and why shuldnt this be discussed on the radio if its happening in the real world and why cant I think it sounded rather amusing? life is too harsh at the moment to take everything so rigidly seriously especially when we are fortunate enough to live in a place that is not as negativley effected by such major issues as the rest of the country.

Posted by Tony Lopez on 15 November 2012 at 10:08

Lighten up Ken, men the world over have made these sort of comments for centuries.
I am not averse to having a non PC giggle at things.
Hey, I am guessing Ken has never done a night shift in Carrs with a horde of female cracker packers!!

Posted by Bobby Dash on 13 November 2012 at 13:55

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