NEWSFLASH: the editor of Playgirl has been invited on to BBC. She will give her opinions to the nation, via the BBC, on two subjects:
(Because the editor of Playgirl knows best about who should run the country. She informs. She educates. She just knows what’s what, alright?)
(Because cock is everywhere. Her Dad has a cock. Her boyfriend has a cock. You just cannot escape cocks these days. They’re on the beach and everything).
The airtime the Beeb will devote to the editor of Playgirl will be 20 minutes.
(Hooray! 20 minutes of hard-firing political cock).
This is happening in a parallel universe RIGHT NOW…
…it’s the only explanation why the Sun is taken seriously on BBC political programmes in this universe.
The Sun appears to be a lads mag to me – representing women primarily as sex objects. Next to that, women get to be victims in the Sun (or outcasts if we’re really lucky). The only other consistent roles for a Sun Woman are to look pretty and/or to have a baby.
And this is who the BBC invite to give their opinions on who should be in government?
Dear Beeb in this Universe…
Please help me understand.
Why is David Dinsmore, of lads mag the Sun, called upon for serious ‘political analysis’ by the BBC?
Does the editor of Nuts get 20 minutes of political interview space on the BBC – to give opinions on the 2015 election?
In the BBC Radio 5 Live interview on 10th November – in the space of a single sentence – the interview moves from: Dinsmore discussing Helen Flanagan (clothed versus topless pictures – because Dins likes to keep his readers guessing); to Pienaar asking Dinsmore for his opinion about David Cameron.
This is comedy, surely?
Alastair Campbell’s comment about the 5 Live interview said it all: “Bizarre that the BBC seem to think it really matters so much who The Sun backs at election.”
And John Pienaar referenced this response to Campbell’s comment (attributing it to Campbell on 5 Live): ‘How anyone can take such a mammary-obsessed rag’s opinion seriously is beyond me.’
While the Sun is asked for serious opinions by the BBC, on questions that really matter to all people in the country, that adds up to a universal fail for everyone. Men and women.
The Sun is not a newspaper. Everyone knows that. (Except the BBC, it seems).
And then there was this excruciating moment…
John Pienaar: How would you feel if your daughter was a page 3 topless model? Would you be happy? Would you be cool with that?
David Dinsmore: “Yeah. I’ve never had any strong feelings. Breasts have always been a big part of our life. [Laughter]. I think my mother had them. My wife has them.”
John: [Laughter] “They’re quite widespread, aren’t they?”
David: “They are pretty commonplace.”
John: “They’re not often on display quite as much as on Page 3.”
David: “Yeah, but you know, crikey, I went on holiday and the beach was full of them. You just can’t avoid them these days.”
John: “Yeah, yeah.”
Women as body parts – didn’t Leveson have something to say about that?
Jane Martinson wrote in Nov 2012: “Leveson reserves his greatest criticism for the Sun, the Star and also the Sport, which he more or less dismisses as a top-shelf title rather than newspaper. Rather than focusing on pornographic images, however, he wrote: “Of greater potential concern to the inquiry is the degree to which the images may reflect a wider cultural failure to treat women with dignity and respect and/or a practice which, intentionally or not, has the effect of demeaning and degrading women.”
“So all women and not just the young, largely white and pretty ones on Page 3 are affected. He found images and language that “apply a demeaning and sexualising lens beyond those who choose to appear in their pages with breasts exposed: even the most accomplished and professional women are reduced to the sum of their body parts.”
But we live in hope (relentless positivity and all that!)…
After all, Double D did say on BBC 5 Live: “We like to try and do different things, new things, fresh things.”
How about it, Dave? Try something really different?
PS I’m now off to conduct a few top secret focus groups into whether there should be more cock on the BBC. If 5 or more people say more cock on the box, then it’s the law. I will demand with my top secret focus group evidence to see more cock on the BBC. Cos no-one messes with my rights. (School of Dinsmore, 2013)