|Posted by Lucinda Marshall|
December 16th, 2006
Many thanks to Jennifer Drew for passing along this heinous idiocy. I would comment further but I cannot think of anything that can be remotely expressed in civilized language:
The BBC once known as a respected and objective organisation has sunk to a new low in its battle for ratings. A programme entitled ‘The Verdict’is due to be screened in February, 2007 wherein twelve supposed celebrities will be asked to deliberate in a fictionalised rape trial.
Full details can be obtained via:
Among the celebrities is one Stan Collymore former male footballer who was villifed in media after physically assaulting his then-girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson in a bar in 1998. In 2004 Collymore was caught ‘dogging’ a practice wherein predominantly men visit parks and other open areas after dark in order to voyeuristically watch female and male strangers engage in various sexual activities.
Men raping women is never a trivial subject but the BBC obviously believes such a programme is acceptable and since part of the storyline focuses on two young women extracting money from a tabloid newspaper after selling their story this will doubtless reinforce the widely held media and public perception that women rape survivors are not only man-haters who routinely make false allegations against innocent and
respectable men, but also are ‘dirty conniving money-grabbing -’ I have no doubt that other international media outlets will seize their chance of making similar programmes all in the name of so-called free enterprise.
Complaints can be made to the BBC at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/make_complaint_step1.shtml or by writing to Anthony Salz, Acting BBC Chair, BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Glasgow,