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...
CLICK HERE to make a complaint to the BBC
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.
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?
Many of the comments made on this article refer to a Guardian article by Paul MacInnes CLICK HERE to read the article.
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.CONTACT NATE @ email@example.com
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