Tom Slater in Spiked Online about how PC is bad for comedy of all political persuasions.
Russell Howard claims the BBC asked him to tweak a routine in case it offended ISIS. Seriously. In the latest episode of his Sky One show, The Russell Howard Hour, the Bristol comic did a routine about freedom of speech, in which he told this remarkable story from his time working for the Beeb.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, he wrote a bit for his then BBC show, Russell Howard’s Good News, lambasting the ISIS killers as ‘warmongering pricks’ and insisting that they aren’t Muslims, but terrorists. This apparently set off alarm bells with the executives, who made him change it to say that the jihadists aren’t ‘devout Muslims’ ...
… Those concerned about our society’s stifling culture of self-censorship – and particularly about its impact on comedy, that most free-thinking of popular artforms – are often dismissed as hysterical right-wingers. But the cases of Howard and Patel remind us that if we live in a culture where words and jokes are taken so seriously, even thoroughly right-on comics will get bitten.
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