Tonight in the UK, Jonathan Ross’s Christmas Special TV programme airs on ITV. I’m not a huge fan of Ross, or his TV shows – but something that is not being shown tonight has caught my interest.
Tim Minchin, the weird clever singing comedy guy (no not Bill Bailey, the Australian one) was asked to write and sing a song for the show. The song was put through all the proper procedures – you know the legals, production, editing etc. And then, for reasons only publically described as “editorial”, ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham decided to pull it.
Thankfully, in the day of youtube and the internet, the recording is available anyway – and presumably now will receive a much greater audience that it would have if it had remained in the show. I for one, am unlikely to have seen it!
One can only assume it is because it would be offensive to “Christians”.
I would love for someone, anyone, to explain to me how this hilarious spoof song is offensive. I have watched it twice now, and am still laughing, and have the tune stuck in my head.
Tim Minchin has said in his blog that the song was cut from the shpw because “[Fincham] did this because he’s scared of the ranty, shit-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way.”
Seems about right to me!
Please watch it here and let me know why this would be cut.
Also, feel free to let ITV know what a bunch of simpletons and imbeciles they are being for having pulled this by emailing them at email@example.com.
To me at least, something much more offensive than this clever song was watching my son’s primary school Christmas production this week. I was only mildly offended, but offended nonetheless by the non-stop barrage of the “baby Jesus, King and saviour” Christian mythology, along with the “devote yourself to him” guff that was being rammed down the audiences throat (and therefore presumably the kids’ throats at school – no wonder I’ve been getting so many theological questions of late).
Each to their own and all that, but I was very disappointed with the force-feeding of an imaginary friend to the kids – it’s just plain dishonest, and somewhat disingenuous considering the number of children with other faiths at the school (as well as the agnostics and atheists). I guess my point is that I left the performance having endured an hour of preachy rubbish, feeling mildly pissed off and disappointed.
Minchin probably covered this best when he said “It’s 2011. The appropriate reaction to people who think Jesus is a supernatural being is mild embarrassment, sighing tolerance and patient education.” Something I will take on board!
I am not anti-Christmas, I think it is a great time to appreciate family and friends, to have a few days off, to over-indulge and enjoy life and your relationships. I also really love the gift giving thing too (cliché I know, but there is something really cool about giving someone you care about something that they really like and making them smile). I think we can all appreciate this kind of thing without needing to get too precious about the religious side of things.
Best to all for a fantastic Christmas/Chunukah/Festive/Holiday period (and here’s to a great Boxing Day – bring on the sun Melbourne!!).