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Q: Why do politicised comedians get sacked from the BBC? A: For criticising foreign policy & Israel

I’ve been reading Frankie Boyle’s latest book “Work! Consume! Die!” & it’s opening chapter deals with Britains foreign policy in a manner in which no other current stand up comic will do.

After all it was Frankie Boyle’s political satire on Israel that got him sacked from the Beeb.

Frankie Boyle criticised the ‘cowardly’ BBC for its Israel joke apology, stating in a full written statement:

“I think the problem here is that the show’s producers will have thought that Israel, an aggressive, terrorist state with a nuclear arsenal was an appropriate target for satire. The Trust’s ruling is essentially a note from their line managers. It says that if you imagine that a state busily going about the destruction of an entire people is fair game, you are mistaken. Israel is out of bounds.

The BBC refused to broadcast a humanitarian appeal in 2009 to help residents of Gaza rebuild their homes. It’s tragic for such a great institution but it is now cravenly afraid of giving offence and vulnerable to any kind of well drilled lobbying.”

The man himself said in a recent interview that: “safe middle-class comedy such as Have I Got News For You, is everything that’s wrong” at the BBC.

I tend to agree with him.

Have a read of what he has to say in the following excerpts from his book, and ask yourself if any of these would ever make it into any of the shows that pass themselves of as political satire comedy programmes.

The content of popular culture today in the mainstream is designed to be unchallenging, corny and weak, so the masses can take their hit without having to think and just like crack, it has an immediate high and leaves you coming back for more.

It is precisely why you get crap like Michael McIntyre and John Bishop being promoted to prime time, as they offer poor observational witterings on banal subjects like the school run. Any content that will challenge your thought process will either be shelved or given the midnight slot.

Work, consume, die, that’s all the system wants from you.

Work like a rat, consume crap that you don’t need, with money that you don’t have and then die.

The Akh is currently away and is working on a plantation picking bananas. He is developing a taste for tamales colorados and returns sometime in January 2012


Filed under Arts & Media, Book Review, Great Britain, Humour, Media Ownership & Control

Sharon Horgan’s “Mecca Suicide Bombers” Jibe on Have I Got News For You – Joke or Insult?

BBC’s Have I Got News For You is yet again at the centre of a potential Islamophobic row, when presenter Sharon Horgan made the jibe about “The Mecca of suicide bombers….is Mecca”.

Should Muslims turn the other cheek and accept it is a light hearted, off the cuff joke?

Or is it yet another example of a publicly funded body taking the blatant piss out of one of it’s most maligned and under pressure communities?

The Akh has actually been to a recording of the show, and all the presenter does is to READ off an autocue machine, so this “joke” was pre-written by the programme’s writers – all Horgan did was read it out.

Then again, the BBC loves a bit of moral midgetry, remember that old thing called free speech?

Frankie Boyle certainly does, cracking a joke comparing Palestine to a cake being “punched to pieces by a very angry Jew” will get you rebuked.

Prejudice against Muslims has “passed the dinner-table test” and has become socially acceptable in the UK, even the Chairman of the Conservative party recognises this as a fact.

If we cannot accept bigotry in any shape of form, then why do Muslims have to learn to take a joke?


Filed under 4GW, Arts & Media, Free Speech, Islamophobia, Media Highlight of the Week, Racism

Valley of the Wolves: Palestine

The Akh has to salute Turkey’s Pana Film’s for making the film “Valley of the Wolves: Palestine”. If you haven’t heard of it, then view the trailer above. Fans of foreign film will know that this a follow up to 2006’s “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq“, the story line depicted yankee soldiers slaughtering a wedding party, torturing prisoners, harvesting and selling their organs.

The americans & parts of the jewish community didn’t like the truth being told on the big screen:

For years we’ve had to put up with shit that lionises the zionist death squads like the Mossad in films like “Munich”, guess Turkey are the only country in the world to have the balls to go up against the zionist owned major hollywood studios.

The zionist lobby is spitting mad over this, as they do not want anyone else having a share of their element of propaganda, cue the now normal hallucinatory shrieks of anti semitism.

The three modern day Rambo’s rip through the occupied west bank, leaving the israeli forces destroyed, in a revenge attack after the murder of Turkish peace activists on the Mavi Marmara.

Resistance by all means necessary.

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White Christians get uppity over picture in France

What’s going on France these days, besides making sure that women only wear French-approved clothing?

Christians are on the rampage after an art exhibit dubbed “Immersion” offended white people’s sensibilities.

Proudly secular countries will always declare that nothing is sacred, and even religion can be made fun of, after all thats where freedom of speech and expression come into it. So when Muslims protested against the cartoons of the Prophet SAW we were told it was a freedom of speech issue, yet uppity Christians can attack with hammers and destroy the picture under the guise of an “anti-blasphemy” campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon.

This particular vandalism took place a day after a large protest supported by the far-right political party Front National and Civitas, “a lobby group that says it aims to re-Christianize France,” and in the larger context of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s increasingly right-wing (and anti-Muslim) rhetoric.

But, who knows, maybe the French were just mad that one of their paintings got vandalised and felt the need to retaliate?

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