cretins are up in arms again, this time over ghastly
BBC soap opera Eastenders.
the programme featured a cot death and baby swap
storyline at New Year - how festive! - and thanks
to some cynical tabloid manipulation, over 3000
people have paused from trying to work out how
to open the fridge door in order to complain.
I can understand complaints about why such badly
acted and shoddily written crap is on TV about
fifty times a week, but this is just collective
insanity - pretty much what you'd expect from
the type of viewers who have such a tenuous grasp
of the difference between fiction and reality
that they will abuse soap actors who play villains
in the street.
spectacularly clueless midwife told the BBC that
the story was "so far from realism it
will be the last time I will watch this programme."
dear, it was far from realism because it's a work
of fiction, not a documentary. The conveyor-belt
nature of British soaps invariably means that
they will feature sensationalist stories that
have little in common with real life - to complain
about that for anything other than artistic reasons
not to be outdone, complaints from hyper-sensitive
idiots in America have led to the publication
of rewritten versions of Mark Twain's Huckleberry
Finn and Tom Sawyer,
changing the word 'nigger' to 'slave'. Never mind
the literary value of these books, or the fact
that they are critical studies of a racist culture
- no, words are dangerous no matter what the context
and must be censored.