From the Silent Majority to the Vociferous Minority

Ofcom have criticised the BBC for a Christmas special of the Vicar of Dibley, in which the main character gets drunk, forgets midnight mass and falls off her pulpit. (Oh, my aching sides.) Never mind the “insensitivity” of showing this on Christmas Day, what about the insensitivity of showing this programme at all? As a showcase for Dawn French’s comedic talents, the Vicar of Dibley is the perfect vehicle because, just like Ms French, it isn’t funny in the slightest. Passing a kidney stone would elicit more laughs. And that’s the really offensive thing here: the crap that passes for mainstream British comedy.

Meanwhile, Ofcom acted on the back of 66 complaints. Assuming an audience of ten million or so, that is such a small percentage I feel dizzy just trying to work it out. The show’s written by a Christian anyway (Richard “I used to be funny” Curtis), so they were actually processing the complaints of a tiny proportion of Christians upset about something that another Christian wrote because it dared to create comedy (in the broadest possible sense) out of a Christian ceremony.

So it’s a double whammy: through our TV licence, we pay for this rubbish to be created in the first place; then, through taxes, we pay a regulatory body to appease the whingeing of a hopeless minority who managed to be offended by a show which is, at best, harmless and at worst, staggeringly bland and unfunny.


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2 comments on “From the Silent Majority to the Vociferous Minority
  1. Anonymous says:

    … and these are arguably the same people who went into hysterics over such comic masterpieces as Brass Eye.

    Though is it me, or was “mainstream” comedy in itself better in the 70s/early 80s? Fawlty Towers was mainstream, as was Some Mothers do ‘ave ’em!, The Good Life etc… OK, not so biting, but mainstream nevertheless in the best sense of the word.

    Now mainstream comedy is either the result of being ‘off the wall’ (Husband, Asian wife and disabled kid), the fear of offending anyone and anything (As Time Goes By) or just plain wank (My Family). Political Correctness – in the worst sense of the phrase – has diluted family comedy, for fear of failing some ‘charter’ or whatever, dreamt up by the left-wing mandarins (yes they are) who run the BBC.

  2. Citizen Sane says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Only Fools And Horses (in its prime) was a great mainstream comedy too. Even Yes, Minister had a prime time spot. Couldn’t imagine something like that happening now.

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