Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bin the complaint about Callan gag

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has produced its first Report of 2015 and, as usual, has gone to the ludicrous time and expense of compiling reports on 11 different complaints about shows against which only one person in the entire country took offence. Most noticeable was a complaint about an Oliver Callan (left) sketch which lampooned the Garth Brooks controversy and satirised Irish country and western singers as "poor white trash," an expression which the listener insisted "condones discrimination on the basis of race." The BAI concluded that the clip was "unlikely to offend". Would it be unreasonable to ask the it to save taxpayers' money by introducing a filtering process, similar to the European Court of Human Rights, to deal with these claims? It's called a bin.

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