"Girl" receives BBC censorship

This sounds like a real life case of Jono and Ben’s BSA Censorship segment where they bleep out words from benign television segments to make it sound dodgy.

The BBC was embroiled in an extraordinary censorship row last night after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a documentary about the Commonwealth Games, fearing it might cause offence.

Broadcaster Mark Beaumont, 31, joked after being hurled to the floor by a judo champion: “I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.”

His remark was broadcast in full when the 30-minute episode of The Queen’s Baton Relay was first shown on the BBC News Channel in April.

But evidently sensitive to charges of sexism, BBC executives decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when the programme was repeated last week, leaving an awkward pause in place of the offending word.

I can’t think of anything more ridiculous. If ever there was a case for taking political correctness too far, this was probably it. Not to mention the Streissand effect.

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  • Jeseta

    Although he should have said ‘woman’ for accuracy’s sake, bleeping it out is going a bit overboard…