Why has the BBFC deleted 'nudity' from the consumer advice for the feminist documentary, Embrace?
24th December 2016
Embrace is a 2016 Australia / Canada / Dominican Republic / Germany / USA / UK documentary by Taryn Brumfitt.
Starring Renee Airya, Jade Beall and Taryn Brumfitt.
When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn's crusade as she explores the global
issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
There is no mention of cuts and the running times remains the same. The nudity and surgical detail could have been pixellated out. But it seems more likely that feminists have dreamt up a new rule of political correctness that nudity does not count in
the context of a feminist film.
Perhaps the BBFC advice should read, strong language, positive body image, negative surgical body image augmentation
Dutch political leader Geert Wilders has been found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a
chant calling for fewer, fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300).
Wilders, head of the PVV Freedom Party, was not present to hear the judgement but his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops immediately issued a statement to say that he would appeal.
The judge claimed that Wilders had breached the boundaries of even a politician's freedom of speech. Wilders said, in a statement:
I still cannot believe it, but I have been convicted because I asked a question about Moroccans. The Netherlands has become a sick country. The judge who convicted me [has] restricted the freedom of speech for millions of Dutch. I will never be silent. I
am not a racist and neither are my voters.
A PC campaign group is urging for the totally disproportionate punishment of the sack for Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig
Revel Horwood after he said he liked the sex and violence in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
Revel Horwood was on the More4 comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats on Tuesday night when discussing the hit American fantasy drama series with other panelists on the show.
Host Jimmy asked Horwood if he watched the programme and he replied:
No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that's when I switched off.
I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.
Irish actress Aisling Bea who was on his team, looked horrified. She said:
When they weren't raping anyone? Am I the only one who heard that? What world are we living in? Oh Trump's world, fine keep going.
Marilyn Hawes, founder of Enough Abuse UK, said she was:
Absolutely disgusted. Rape is the most devastating and vile crime and I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, which is a family show.
His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I'm absolutely disgusted.
You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him. It is so distressing for people who have been raped to hear that.
All round politically correct good egg finds himself on the receiving end of attacks by social 'justice' warriors for disrespecting people with 'less formal education' who don't understand his long words and well crafted prose
A book parodying vintage children's texts has been withdrawn following a fierce attack by social justice whingers who claim that Bad Little Children's Books is racist for its depictions of Native Americans and Muslims
Illustrator Arthur C. Gackley has now withdrawn the title saying:
The book is clearly not being read by some in the way I had intended--as satire--and, more disturbingly, is being misread as the very act of hate and bigotry that the work was meant to expose, not promote.
Images in the book, marketed as a collection of 120 edgy, politically incorrect parodies, include a girl wearing a burka giving a ticking present to a little boy for a book called Happy Burkaday, Timmy by Ben Laden.
Examples of the miserable and censorial whinges are:
Nick Hanover tweeted: We need to stop letting entities like @ABRAMSbooks claim satire whenever they want to publish hateful trash.
Book Riot blogger Kelly Jensen whinged:
In a culture which is hateful and violent against anyone outside of the Christian norm, particularly Muslims, who thought this was even an okay image to present in a book, humorous or not? This is the sort of harmful imagery and stereotyping that
literally kills lives -- and it's not the lives of little white boys who are dying. It's the lives of those, like the girl in the burka, who are impacted by disgusting "humor" like this. We don't live in a world where humor like this is
acceptable. This kind of "humor" is never acceptable. It's deadly.
Book publisher Abrams disagreed with the author's withdrawal of the book saying:
In the last few days some commentators on social media and those who follow them have taken elements of the book out of context, failing to recognise it as an artistic work of social satire and comic parody. They argue that it lends credence to the
hateful views that the author's work is clearly meant to mock, demean, expose, and subvert.
Bad Little Children's Books is a work of parody and satire and, as such, it is intentionally, openly, and provocatively offensive... We stand fully behind freedom of speech and artistic expression, and fully support the First Amendment. We have been
disheartened by calls to censor the book and to stifle the author's right to express his artistic vision by people we would expect to promote those basic fundamental rights and freedoms.
However, faced with the misperceived message of the book, we are respecting the author's request.
The student's union at City University in London has voted to ban the Daily Mail, Sun and Express newspapers on
campus, despite there being no shops which sell them on the institution's grounds.
The decision was met with surprise and outrage from journalism students and former students, who claimed it was censorship and worrying and ignorant . A contest to the motion is now expected.
The Student Union's Annual General Meeting passed the motion Opposing Fascism and Social Divisiveness in the UK Media . The motion said that while the Mail, Sun and Express were the main focus of its policy, other media organisations were not
excluded. The motion also promoted active pressuring of the aforementioned media outlets to cease to fuel fascism, racial tension and hatred in society and advocated using the University's industry contacts to reach out to employees and
shareholders of the media outlets in question.
The union took issue with subjects of both recent and long term controversy. In addition to criticism of high court judges by the Mail and Express, they also rebuked the Sun for its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. Other criticisms included
approaching Nigel Farage for comment, criticising Islam, and giving Katie Hopkins a column.
The Red Pill is a 2016 USA documentary by Cassie Jaye.
Starring Marc Angelucci, Jack Barnes and Richard Cassalata.
The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"
The Red Pill, a new documentary film about men's rights activists (or MRAs), is out in limited release across the United States. It is also showing is in Melbourne, Australia, where tickets have completely sold out ahead of its November 5th
The film's producer, Cassie Jaye, has inevitably met with backlash from feminist campaigners for taking a balanced approach toward the subject of men's rights activism.
A petition has been started by Australian feminists urging Kino Cinema to censor the screening of the film whilst describing the movie in misleading terms. The petition reads:
Film-maker Cassie Jaye follows members of online hate-group 'The Red Pill,' known to most as the sexist cesspit of the internet, begins the complaint. The general plotline goes something like this: 'feminist' Jaye decides to investigate rape-culture,
opens the first hit on Google (Red Pill) and before she knows it, she has seen the light and converted to 'meninism.'
Please do not associate your cinema with the kind of people who teach men how to violate women physically and emotionally. Please stand with the women everywhere, and do not promote misogynistic hate.
Much of the enmity toward The Red Pill comes from how it features men's activist Paul Elam, who writes incendiary remarks and articles about women online. While there's no defending much of what he has says, the film itself neither promotes his most
offensive opinions, nor does it vilify women the way some feminists do to men. It merely presents MRAs in a (partly) sympathetic light.
The Red Pill was due to have its Australian premiere in Melbourne next month, which has since been cancelled by Palace Cinemas. The move comes after a campaign labelled it misogynistic propaganda.
In a letter to Men's Rights Melbourne, who have the exclusive distribution rights to the film after donating to its Kickstarter campaign, Palace Cinemas explained:
We have come to a decision based on the overwhelmingly negative response we have received from our valued customers. We cannot proceed with the booking.
The cinema chain also referred directly to a Change.org petition protesting the premiere of The Red Pill at Palace Kino in Melbourne, which received 2,370 signatures. The overwhelming number of responses, many from regular Kino customers, has really
resonated with us, Palace Cinemas told Men's Rights Melbourne.
Gary Lineker is in talks with Walkers crisps trying to get them to withdraw their advertising from the Sun over the newspaper's
politically incorrect anti-refugee stories.
The BBC presenter, who has fronted Walkers' adverts for 21 years, this week gave his backing to a campaign to persuade companies not to advertise in newspapers that are responsible for what he calls divisive hate campaigns .
And, when asked by a Daily Mail journalist whether he would be speaking to Walkers about withdrawing its adverts, he replied: [I] already have.
However, a Walkers spokesperson suggested the company was unlikely to agree to Lineker's request. A spokesman said:
We have a very successful partnership with Gary Lineker and we will continue to do so. Our advertising approach is not determined by the editorial stances of individual newspapers.
Lego builds PC walls to keep Daily Mail readers out
Lego has announced its promotional giveaways with the Daily Mail have ended - amid a campaign to stop firms advertising with some
newspapers over what it calls divisive coverage of migrants.
The firm regularly gives away free toys via the paper, but said there would be no more in the foreseeable future .
A campaign gorup Stop Funding Hate has lobbied firms to stop advertising with some newspapers. The group, formed in the summer, has criticised several national newspapers for portraying migrants in overwhelmingly negative terms . It has urged
companies including John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer to stop advertising with the Daily Mail, the Sun and Daily Express.
Responding to a tweet from Stop Funding Hate, Lego confirmed its promotional agreement with the Mail had ended. Lego told the BBC it spends:
A lot of time listening to what children have to say. And when parents and grandparents take the time to let us know how they feel, we always listen just as carefully.
The Mail is the UK's second most-read daily newspaper and boasts almost 15m readers a day online.
Comment: A message to the politically correct, Gary Lineker and Lego
Meanwhile Nick Cohen, writing in the Guardian, has a far more constructive idea, rather than censoring, banning, bullying, or
sneering at working class people, why not do something a bit more positive, like trying to do something to help them make a good living. Cohen advises the 'progressive' left to consider compromise:
But before you become self-righteous you must accept that the dominant faction on the western left uses language just as suggestive of collective punishment when they talk about their own white working class. Imagine how it must feel for a worker in
Bruce Springsteen's Youngstown to hear college-educated liberals condemn white privilege when he has a shit job and a miserable life. Or Google the number of times straight white males are denounced by public-school educated women in the
liberal media and think how that sounds to an ex-miner coughing his guts up in a Yorkshire council flat.
Emotionally, as well as rationally, they sense the left, or at least the left they see and hear, is no longer their friend. They are men and women who could be argued with, if the middle classes were willing to treat them decently. You might change their
minds. You might even find that they could change yours.
Offsite Comment: Intolerance wears a progressive mask in the 21st century.
Usually the Guardian's high priestesses of PC rail against impersonal commercial relationships involving sex as 'objectification', due to the perceived lack of interest in the sex workers offering the service. The US TV show, The Girlfriend Experience
, spends its time filling in the details of the back story about the feelings and motivations of the sex workers. Surely the exact opposite of 'objectification'. The Guardian's TV reviewer tries to address this point. I'm none the wiser about the answer
but I loved the phrase describing the Guardians feminist output as: "scathing think pieces'. Anyway the reviewer explained:
By humanizing these characters, by providing them with a rich inner life -- and, therefore, a backstory to and a reason for all the fucking -- we can justify watching them fuck. To merely objectify them, to ignore their personhood, would be construed as
a form of sex shaming, opening us up as the potential subjects of scathing think pieces. The viewership of these new shows are not allergic to nuance; they possess the ability for complex thought and a desire to treat and investigate their minds as
Perennial hindu whinger Rajan Zed has taken aim at the Dutch festive character Black Pete. He wrote:
It was time for the negative, offensive, racist and discriminatory caricature of Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) to vanish from the traditional festivities of Netherlands.
Country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh which had a long history of social tolerance and which hosted International Court of Justice should not be in the business of such negative stereotyping.
Rajan Zed noted that it was absolutely baffling that racist stereotypes like Dutch Black Pete , which should have been extinct many decades ago, continued to exist in 21st century world. Was not Netherlands famous for promoting equality? Zed
Zed indicated that Dutch Black Pete might be a popular Dutch tradition but it appeared to be a racist throwback to the slavery era.
Rajan Zed urged His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to urgently intervene to put an end to the character of Dutch Black Pete .
Zed suggested His Holiness Pope Francis and other religious leaders to also come out with a strong statement against Dutch Black Pete tradition as religions were supposed to speak against racism.
Politically correct campaigners have started a petition calling for British Airways to stop
offering its passengers a copy of the Daily Mail. The censorship campaign is being backed by Alastair Campbell. The petition states:
It is ironic that our national carrier gives out a paper which is so xenophobic and critical of most things that are not home grown.
What must many of the overseas visitors think of some of the anti-european and other headlines that they read when flying into the UK.
All British Airways is doing is keeping up the sales levels of a newspaper that could not be objective if it tried to be and one that then has the hypocrisy to question the integrity of the BBC.
The paper has been attacked by commentators in recent weeks following its coverage of the Calais 'child' refugee story and for criticising the judges who ruled that parliament should override the will of the people.
Alastair Campbell tweeted his support for the ban:
If you are offered a Daily Mail on a plane today, just rip it up. Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret)
Campbell claimed that Virgin boss Richard Branson supports his campaign to rid Virgin Atlantic flights of the Mail , but those who run his airline day to day insist the passengers want it . He also spoke of the frustration of watching readers
enjoying the newspaper:
I want to take them by the neck - indeed, sometimes I do take them by the eyeball, and I ask: 'Why are you reading that shit? It's a national poison. Take some heroin or something.'
National Secular Society protests decision to suspend Louis Smith after he mocked Islam
The National Secular Society has written an open letter to British Gymnastics calling on the body to reverse the two
month suspension given to athlete Louis Smith for mocking Islam.
The sporting body suspended Smith for two months and gave fellow athlete Luke Carson a reprimand over a video in which the two mocked Islamic prayer.
President of the National Secular Society Terry Sanderson wrote to British Gymnastics that's its own censorious actions had caused far more harm than Smith and Carson's mockery of Islam.
In an open letter Mr Sanderson said that:
British Gymnastics has contributed to a climate of censorship brought on by the unreasonable and reactionary views of religious extremists.
Rather than defending free expression, one of the most precious pillars of our liberal democratic society, you have chosen instead to side with extremists and patronise British Muslims by assuming they will take offence at the trivial actions of these
British Gymnastics' condemnation and punishment of Louis Smith and Luke Carson will only serve to embolden the religious extremists who reject free speech and religious tolerance by demanding that Islam must not be mocked.
We urge you to consider whether by taking the actions it has, British Gymnastics has further endangered the safety of these two athletes by giving succour to those who seek to silence all criticism and mockery of their religion.
British Gymnastics' Standards of Conduct prohibits athletes from making offensive jokes or remarks. The National Secular Society has now called on British Gymnastics to revise its code of conduct to protect athletes' freedom of expression.
Offsite Comment: Je suis Louis Smith
Why we must be free to mock Islam. By Brendan O'Neill
Yesterday in parliament Tory MP Charles Walker was speaking about the chilling vilification of Louis Smith and accused politicians of having looked the other way
over death threats to Smith.
During Prime Minister's Questions, he told MPs:
When people make fun of Christianity in this country, it rightly turns the other cheek.
When a young gymnast, Louis Smith, makes fun of another religion widely practised in this country, he is hounded on Twitter by the media and suspended by his association.
For goodness sake, this man received death threats and we have all looked the other way.
My question to the Prime Minister is this: what is going on in this country because I no longer understand the rules
In response, Theresa May seemed to affirm that freedom of speech has been repealed and that the criticism of islam is now officially considered off limits. She said:
I understand the level of concern that you have raised in relation to this matter. This is a balance that we need to find.
We value freedom of expression and freedom of speech in this country -- that is absolutely essential in underpinning our democracy ... BUT ... we also value tolerance to others. We also value tolerance in relation to religions.
This is one of the issues that we have looked at in the counter-extremism strategy that the Government has produced.
I think we need to ensure that yes it is right that people can have that freedom of expression. ..BUT... in doing so that right has a responsibility too.
And that is a responsibility to recognise the importance of tolerance to others.
Offsite Comment: British Gymnastics needs to get off its high horse
How about a gender equality campaigner costume?
Perfectly gruesome for Halloween
This year, the biggest controversy so far has been the Kim Kardashian Parisian Heist Robbery
Victim costume from Costumeish. The get-up includes a white robe, large sunglasses, rope, a mouth gag that looks very BDSMy, and a fake $4 million dollar ring. A few miserable whinges got it pulled pulled from the site.
The sexy burka costume has been around for some time. It consists of an Arabic looking veil and a sexy little black dress.
Amazon decided to censor it after a few miserable gits claimed to have been 'outraged'.
One commenter asked: Is this some sort of mockery to the religion? Well, er, yes mate.
AVN were rather taken with a keep up the faith costume.
The full length black priest costume comes with dog collar, and a hand pump that helps you keep it up. Unfortunately the costume doesn't seem to have caught on with the easily offended and so is still available for sale.
And of curse one simply must not mention the WTF Granny Tranny costume. It has been recommended by Amazon, Target and
Walmart, all of which have banned it.
The Green party has complained to the press censor IPSO over the use of pictures of refugees by the Sun, Daily
Mail, Daily Star and Sunday Telegraph.
Although it was absolutely obvious that some of the 'children' were many years into adulthood, Jonathan Bartley, who co-heads the Green party, has asked the Independent Press Standards Organisation whether the titles were justified in printing images of
refugees in Calais whom were claiming to be under 18.
According to Ipso's code of practice pictures of children under the age of 16 should not be used unless adult consent has been given.
Bartley ludicrously argued that the coverage did not qualify as an exceptional public interest that would allow the newspapers to override the Ipso code.
In fact large proportions of the public were well interested in the fact that the authorities are so politically correct that they refuse to entertain reasonable doubt about the voracity of what desperate refugees tell them.
Bartley argued that publishing the pictures contributed to an atmosphere of prejudice against the refugees. A little bit bizarre considering the pictures demonstrated how far British officials are biased in favour of the refugees.
The Green party complaint cites editions of the Sun (18th and 19th October), the Daily Mail (18 October), the Daily Star (19 October) and the Sunday Telegraph (23 October).
Canada seems to have become particularly noted for PC extremism. A local news site comments on Halloween celebration sin the country:
Geishas are out. Feathered headdresses are forbidden. And if you're planning to wear a Bill Cosby or Caitlyn Jenner costume, you may not be welcome at your Halloween party of choice.
A growing number of institutions are starting to take a more proactive approach to potentially offensive outfits by developing strategies and even explicit policies to prevent people from donning controversial getups.
Costumes depicting specific cultural traditions are the most common focus of such efforts, which are making themselves felt in schools and universities.
The student union at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., recently prepared a list of prohibited costumes for its annual Halloween bash. The list features any form of headdress, costumes that mock suicide or rape, those depicting transgender
activist Caitlyn Jenner, or outfits featuring a culture's traditional attire.
Offsite Comment: Halloween Is Not A Time For Good Taste, So Letís Stop Being Offended About Everything
These days, the anxious Christians and grumpy Little Englanders are no doubt still out there, but they have been mostly replaced in the public consciousness by an equally ridiculous, but unfortunately more pervasive group -- the professionally offended.
The current offence de jour is cultural appropriation , the most utterly ludicrous and dangerous idea to emerge in quite some time. It's an idea that is currently very popular with academics, and so is becoming the norm amongst the sort of people
who fret about safe spaces, no-platforming and other campus ideas.
And it's increasingly seeping into the real world, with the hideous collision of people who desperately want to find offence everywhere and companies and individuals who are terrified of offending anyone -- understandably, given the ferocity and venom of
Twitch hunts -- creating a perfect storm. The Outraged know that no matter how ludicrous their complaint, the targets will jump through hoops to apologise.
Australian cartoonist Bill Leak drew an Aboriginal drunk who did not remember his son's name. Inevitably PC censors were 'outraged'.
wrote that The attacks were astonishing. Even the Turnbull Government's Indigenous Affairs Minister called the racist and tasteless . The Race Discrimination Commission branded him a racist.
But as with all good humour the cartoon played on an element of truth. No doubt the PC mob will be even more 'outraged' that Western Australia's top cop has commented that the cartoon is an accurate reflection of what police see in the field
Commissioner O'Callaghan spoke of an example this last weekend. Four boys were charged with trashing a high school after which the police revealed one of the children accused of causing the damage, a 10-year-old boy, was taken home where his father
refused to take responsibility for him. O'Callaghan said:
So we ended up, for many hours, looking after that child, trying to find a responsible adult. I will say though, as bad as it sounds, it's not an unusual thing for police to have trouble finding responsible adults for children that we find in trouble or
on the streets late at night.
From my perspective, Bill Leak's cartoon is actually an accurate reflection of what our officers see on a day-to-day basis, when they're dealing particularly with kids from Aboriginal communities or Aboriginal families who are in trouble.
It happens repeatedly, and I think what Bill Leak was doing was trying to indicate a broader problem for the community to sort out.
Leak's cartoons are not for the faint-hearted. I often find them disagreeable. But that's no reason to put Leak before a government
tribunal. Even if the case is eventually dismissed -- by the commission itself, or later in court -- it is still damaging to have gone through the process. It is costly, and hurtful to the reputations of all involved. The case also encourages people to
stop talking about controversial issues, stifling freedom of expression. The use of the law against someone you disagree with is always an authoritarian response.
A regional press ad for family law solicitors Humphries Kirk LLP, seen in the Bournemouth Daily Echo on 25 June 2016,
featured an image that showed the torso section of four female ballet dancers, who had their arms crossed over their chest. Text below the image stated Protect your assets ... Our solicitors are on hand to give you expert advice about divorce,
finances, prenups, property disputes and children issues .
A complainant, who believed the ad was sexist and objectified women, challenged whether the ad was offensive.
ASA Assessment: complaint not upheld
The ASA noted that the ballet dancers featured in the ad were not depicted in a sexually suggestive or explicit pose, the ad was not sexual in tone and did not contain any form of nudity. Although the dancers' faces were partially obscured and the image
only featured the lower parts of their faces to just above their knees, we considered that the focus of the ad was on the balletic pose and the dance formation, rather than on a specific part of their bodies.
We considered that the pose held by the dancers were likely to be seen as graceful and typical of ballet poses, but noted that it could be interpreted by some readers as a visual innuendo of the phrase Protect your assets , in that that the
dancers were protective of, or defensive about, their bodies, or specifically their chest area. Although we acknowledged that some might find the reference to women's chests or breasts as assets distasteful, we considered that the reference in the
ad was not used in a salacious or lewd manner, but rather it was a mild innuendo. Because we considered that the ad did not portray the ballet dancers in a sexualised, degrading or indecent manner, and that any innuendo was light hearted, we concluded
that the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.
The Council of Europe has called for news censorship of the press such that it is not allowed to report when terrorists are muslim. The
recommendations came as part of a list of 23 censorial demands to Theresa May's government on how to run the media in an alarming threat to freedom speech.
The report, drawn up by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), blamed the recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among
politicians , although the research was done before the Brexit campaign. Of course there was no apparent attribution of blame on the terrorists themselves for stirring up the hate.
The suggestions sent to Downing Street urging the UK Government to reform criminal law and freedom of the press and in a brutal criticism of the British press, the report recommends ministers give more rigorous training to journalists.
But UK ministers firmly rebutted the remarkable demands, telling the body:
The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.
The report, from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) body, said there had been an increase in hate speech and racist violence in Britain between March 2009 and March 2016. The report recommends the British media be barred from
reporting the Muslim background of terrorists. The report states:
ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the
great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.
In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is
likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.
Of course the use of alternative explanations isn't likely to work very well in reality. It is perhaps already true that when news media speak of 'mentally disturbed' attackers, then this is simply a euphemism for 'muslim'. And equally if background
details are omitted entirely, then it can be safely inferred that attackers are muslim.
An upcoming student production of Aida at Music Theatre Bristol has been cancelled in the wake of
ludicrous politically correct concerns about 'cultural appropriation'.
The opera was originally selected in a ballot of members of the company, however the decision has been made that it will not be presented to the general public. MTB said:
It is a great shame that we have had to cancel this show as of course we would not want to cause offence in any way as that was never our intention. Our intention was to tell this story, one which, surely is better heard than not performed.
However, some groups felt that this was an overreaction. Conrad Young, admin of Bristol Against Censorship, said:
Although MTB seemed to approach a sensitive topic with great humility and care, Aida was not to be. The affect that the fear of cultural appropriation has on modern campuses is a sad affair and in this case has damaged the student experience of the
people involved and the prospective student audiences.