Saturday, 16 January 2010

BBC Apology for Dr Who Is A Disgrace... CONTINUED...

BBC Apology For Dr Who Is A Disgrace

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I have complained to the BBC about their apology.

I am a little disgusted that the apology is not appropriately worded. The word 'ginger' is offensive and derogatory to a great portion of redheaded people.

The BBC uses the word 'ginger' several times in the apology, but decides not to upset the celebs by calling them redheads (the appropriate term). Go figure!

Redheads are over sensitive about this kind of thing for a reason. Besides the school yard bullying, redheads suffer abuse in the street from strangers and acts of violence aimed specifically at redheads. The anti-redhead discriminatory trend is growing. Now whether the Dr Who's regeneration throw away line was an insult is neither here nor there. There should be room for characters appearing on tv shows to be able to express a view contrary to the BBC's beliefs... But the BBC's apology is entirely inappropriate.

After posting my complaint and asking for a reply the website tells me it will be 10 working days for the issue to be researched.

I hope for a re-wording and for anyone else who feels the same way to complain to the BBC.

The most offensive section of the apology is...

"Doctor Who doesn't have an anti ginger agenda"

...This doesn't even describe us as a ginger haired people, but just a colour. This is simply de-humanising.

The apology should read something like...

Complaint

We've received complaints from viewers who believed a line in the second part of Doctor Who: The End of Time was insulting to people with red hair.

The BBC's response

We would like to reassure viewers that Doctor Who doesn't have an anti redhead agenda whatsoever. This was a reprise of the line in the Christmas Invasion episode in 2005, when Doctor Who discovers that he's 'not ginger', and here he is, missing out again - disappointed he's 'still not ginger'.

In addition, the Doctor's previous companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and his new one Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) are both redheads.
CLICK HERE to make a complaint to the BBC

Redheads should demand better of our government broadcasting agencies!


I think its great that its been made really clear that the doctor is being made out to be an anti-gingerist or un-discriminatory. Cant wait to see the episode. Cant wait to see the BBC complaint department catch up with the BBC writers.

When's the doctor going to be a redhead?

Cheers

P.S.
Many of the comments made on this article refer to a Guardian article by Paul MacInnes CLICK HERE to read the article.

ABOUT NATE:
I am a redhead who was bullied and/or has faced gingerism throughout my schooling from pre-school through to university and still in my everyday life. I am university trained with a degree in new media art and design with a post-graduate degree in education. I am yet to have a great deal of teaching experience having only recently graduated. I constantly read academic peer reviewed articles of bullying and cyber-bullying and have taken a great interest in possibly undertaking academic research on school and workplace bullying with a specific focus on redheads.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the 'subversive' accusation hasn't shut you up Nate.
I think it was tanaurus who said making a complaint about such a small issue belies the cumulative effect of the constant, incessant name calling.
It bewilders me that there is a billion, trillion, zillion dollar global hair colouring industry yet our colour must be mentioned at all times, in every situation which is what leads me to believe it is the rest of the world that is insane and not me. When I discussed the deaths of Kelsey 13 and Adam 15 with my psychiatric worker she said I didn't ought to read such things I should distract myself and I'm I taking my drugs. No recognition of the fact that other redheads are being psychiatrically and psychologically damaged and some are dying because of gingerism and reducing a whole human being to a hair colour. Madasa

Anonymous said...

Another thought is that when Ms Tate was Dr Who's assistant she was called 'ginger' on screen but she is someone who believes that it declares her pride in her colour. She seems oblivious to the totally negative, derogatory image that the word implies. Sheryl Cole is currently in an showing pride in her hair but does she want to be called Brunette, Browny, mudhead, or shithead or any brown equivalent or would she prefer to remain known as Sheryl. I'm saying it is entirely possible that the BBC will use the new redheaded assistant to further their cause to their entitlement to call every redhead 'ginger' which naturally will incite the contempt of the masses to continue with such putdowns. The fact that kids have died seems to make no difference to their stance at all. Madasa

Anonymous said...

Ginger bloody whinger!!!

Peaslepuff said...

Oh my God, you are a fucking idiot.

I'm sorry, has your life been made so entirely miserable based on your hair color? Why, you must be constantly discriminated against! Christ, what a sad life you must live.

No, seriously though, you really are a fucking idiot. For the love of God, find something more important to bitch about, you privileged ass.

Turbulentbeauty said...

I still can't tell what in the first place upset you that you felt BBC needed to apologize?

I'm a redhead too... Dr. Who loves redheads and wants to be one. So what if he uses the term 'ginger?'


I am somewhat amused by your rant: I have complained to the BBC about their apology.

I am a little disgusted that the apology is not appropriately worded. The word 'ginger' is offensive and derogatory to a great portion of redheaded people.

The BBC uses the word 'ginger' several times in the apology, but decides not to upset the celebs by calling them redheads (the appropriate term). Go figure!)


Let's see.... do we call people black-heads or yellow-heads? Why is it that redheads are reduced to a crayola description while others are brunette or blonde? Isn't that MORE discrimintory than finally using a word--ginger--that makes it less cartoonish sounding?

I can tell you that most redheads I know have a color MUCH closer to ginger than red any day.

Would the word auburn offend you too? What about chestnut brown?

Blondes have about as much discrimination and jokes as redheads and you don't see people getting up in arms about it....


I'm a redhead myself and this particular gripe against the word ginger annoys me to the ends of the earth.....

This blog should be called Redism if the term is that freaking offensive to most of you?