Its last political correctness row was over the use of the N-word. Now, the BBC is once again under fire. Only this time, the dispute involves a rather less offensive term … girl.
The corporation was accused of censorship after cutting the ‘G-word’ from a documentary on the Commonwealth Games.
During the programme, presenter Mark Beaumont, 31, was flung to the ground by a young judo champion, and joked: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old-girl.’
His remarks were aired in full when the documentary was first broadcast on the BBC News Channel in April.
But fearing viewers might take offence, the corporation decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when it was repeated last week.
Critics, however, attacked the move. Tory MP Philip Davies, who sits on the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘They are finding offence where none is taken or intended.
‘We are going to end up in a situation where nobody is going to dare say anything lest some politically correct zealot deems it offensive.’
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