In what could well be a portent of American hypersensitivity, British media outlet BBC recently banned the use of an utterly mundane word out of fears that it might offend some viewers.
When a sporting documentary aired on the network recently, a female teen brought down 31-year-old Mark Beaumont during a judo exhibition.
“I am not sure I can live that down,” he said, “being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.”
Though his comments were initially aired unedited, a subsequent rebroadcast stripped the word ‘girl’ out of his statement.
Parliament Member Philip Davies responded with indignance over BBC’s decision, saying the network is “finding offense where none is taken or intended.”
As for Beaumont, who hosted the documentary, he offered his take on the situation in a social media conversation.
@184219 Great to hear you enjoyed the coverage. Thanks. Maybe the editor though it was sexist – which it wasn’t. i’m not worried about it
— Mark Beaumont (@MrMarkBeaumont) May 17, 2014
“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,” Davies predicted.
The female judo champion was similarly perplexed over the network’s move.
“I wasn’t offended,” Cynthia Rahming said. “I didn’t find it sexist.”
Even noted feminist author Kathy Lette expressed disappointment in the decision.
“If the athlete didn’t find it upsetting,” she reasoned, “why should the BBC mount their politically correct high horse and gallop off into the sanctimonious sunset?”
The network appears to be sticking to its guns, though, with a spokesperson noting that although Beaumont “didn’t mean to cause offense,” the “word ‘girl’ was taken out just in case it did.”
Photo Credit: Mark Beaumont (Creative Commons)
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