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Wednesday, 05 January 2011 23:50

The BBC Continues To Offend LGBT Viewers

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95. It is the number of complaints that Ofcom (office for communications), the regulator of telecommunication and authority of competition independent for industries of communication, receipts after the BBC announced that an antigay extremist would be invited to speak about gay parenting.

The BBC also received complaints directly but refused to indicate how much. A spokesperson declared that the BBC does not communicate the number when there is “evidence of a lobby”.

All began on December 28th, when a bulletin about the new baby of Elton John and David Furnish, is described by Stephen Green, an homophobic christian preacher and supporter of the death penalty for gays and lesbians, in an interview:

“This isn’t just a designer baby for Sir Elton John, this is a designer accessory…Now it seems like money can buy him anything, and so he has entered into this peculiar arrangement…The baby is a product of it. A baby needs a mother and it seems an act of pure selfishness to deprive a baby of a mother.”

To explain this interview, the BBC indicated that it wanted to discuss about the question of the adoption for the gay couples.

People who complained received an e-mail of the BBC telling them:

“We appreciate some viewers were unhappy that a report on Sir Elton John recently becoming a surrogate father included the views of Mr Stephen Green.

“We recognise this issue can arouse a diverse range of contrasting opinions. This brief report featured Sir Elton John’s thoughts and an opposing view on the matter at hand. It must be stressed that over time we have heard from all sides of this debate, dealing the subject in a fair and impartial manner.

“We acknowledge the strength of sentiment on this matter, thanks again for taking the time to contact us.”

It is not the first time the BBC offends LGBT televiewers. It already happened last year when the canal had announced an emission called "Should homosexuals face execution?".



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