Vivienne Pattison of Mediawatch-UK writes on the group's blog:
2014 will be landmark year for Mediawatch-UK. It will be 50 years since Mary Whitehouse issued her call to arms at Birmingham Town hall in 1964 and we will be marking the occasion with a series of initiatives. As you can see we are adopting a
new logo for our anniversary year which we hope will remind people of our longevity and the continued support for our campaign.
Beginning on 1 st January we will be tweeting a quote from Mary Whitehouse's writing every other day. It is ironic that much of what we know about her views has come to us filtered by the media itself. This will be an opportunity to hear
Mary Whitehouse in her own words taken from the books she wrote during her lifetime. I think many people will find it quite surprising.
You can follow the initiative on Twitter - @MrsMWhitehouse and Facebook - www.facebook.com/MrsMaryWhitehouse
and we will also be updating our dedicated website -- www.marywhitehouse.com
-- with the quotes. If you are not a Twitter or Facebook user you can subscribe on the website and you'll receive an email every time a new quote is added.
Beyonce has released her latest album by uploading tracks and videos straight to iTunes, claiming she wants to speak directly to her fans with no filter .
The Daily Mail blows an inevitable fuse saying:
Beyonce faced a backlash on social networking sites over vile lyrics and pornographic videos on her new album released on Friday, to the surprise of her fans
But later on the Daily Mail changes tack and admits that the her 'vile lyrics and pornographic videos' are actually immensely popular:
The singer's surprise album launch brought down website as millions of fans rushed to download her latest work with 80,000 copies selling in three hours.
Vivienne Pattison, of pressure group Mediawatch-UK, said:
This is such a shame to see because Beyonce didn't get to where she is by jumping on the same bandwagon as Rihanna and people like that who we expect to be explicit and controversial.
She was the one we always thought we could count on to set a good example and keep producing music with powerful messages that empowered women and girls. And I would have thought that a star of her magnitude wouldn't need to do something like this.
She has sold out and it's really sad. Like it or not Beyonce is a role model and she needs to take responsibility for that. Especially as a mother herself, it's very surprising that she would do this.
This is now on YouTube and children can see it. It's not like parents can protect their children by not buying the album. It's there, on the internet, for anyone to access and as a parent that is incredibly worrying.
The Daily Mail kindly points out the best bits to be outraged at:
Among the most shocking of the videos is Partition, in which Beyonce cage dances for her husband, 44-year-old rapper Jay-Z, before writhing around on the floor in her underwear.
In another song, called Blow, she describes being in a state of heightened sexual arousal. In the accompanying video she is joined by a troupe of nearly naked female dancers. One woman wears only a pair of knickers and stars on her breasts while others
simulate lap dances with male performers.
Pippa Smith of Safermedia said she was shocked at the irrational decision to expose the child to the eyes of strangers on the internet. She said:
To have her own daughter is a bit beyond the pale, no one in their right mind would do that. She's far too young and Beyonce is exposing her to the views of all sorts of strangers which isn't safe online, what with all the worry about online predators.
It's a very, very stupid thing to do and not rational at all. My view would be that the whole album should be banned. Even with age ratings it would still circulate round the playground and it's sheer exploitation.
It just doesn't seem right. You get these beautiful young singers with amazing voices who start out squeaky clean and get a makeover and become vamps. And it is such a shame.
The Daily Mail is thankfully providing a little hype for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Surely the film makers are appreciative as otherwise the film seems to have proven very uncontroversial compared with the previous film. the Daily
With a public execution, a violent beating and frenzied animals, it hardly sounds like ideal entertainment for children. But film censors appear to think otherwise -- granting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a 12A rating, which means it
can be seen by under-12s if they are with an adult.
In one scene viewers witness a man being flogged and whipped by soldiers and are shown his wounded and bloodied back. Later, an elderly man is clubbed by two soldiers and publicly executed by a gunshot to the head.
The BBFC passed the film 12A for moderate violence and threat and infrequent strong language .
Vivienne Pattison, of the morality campaign group Mediawatch-UK spouted:
The problem with this particular film is that it originates from a book designed for children. Success: The blockbuster has made Miss Lawrence a household name. But critics blast the appeal to children
And there is a very big difference between reading a gory image on the page than burning it into the retinas of young children watching it on the big screen in the cinema.
Although the rating suggests there may be some adult scenes there is still little guidance, and there is nothing in place to stop parents or guardians from taking children as young as six or seven to the cinema to see the film.
The story environment at times is quite realistic and therefore the horrific violence is glamorised.
In a society in which children are exposed to so much violence and adult imagery we should be working to protect youngsters from further exposure in films and games. We don't need to terrify children to entertain them.
Pippa Smith of the religious morality campaign group, Safer Media said:
The film industry puts too much responsibility on parents. It isn't fair they should have to make the decision whether they take their child or not when the guidelines are so vague. Classification on films needs to be much stricter.
Fans of family-friendly TV series Doc Martin turned against the programme's makers after a violent car crash formed a plot twist in the latest instalment of the usually sedate show.
Many of the six million viewers -- including children -- were left horrified after Doc Martin's wife was unexpectedly hit by a car, prompting many to vent their distaste on social networking sites.
The Daily Mail reported a few viewer comments that hardly pass muster as 'outrage', eg:
I wasn't expecting that! Not sure my nerves can take it!
Meanwhile TV campaigners whinged that the car crash twist in the episode of Doc Martin was inappropriate for a series that has a reputation for offering inoffensive content suitable for children, even though it was shown after the 9pm watershed.
Pippa Smith, co-chairman of campaign group Safermedia, spouted:
It was far too graphic even if it was on at 9pm. We also know that children will be watching.
It is not the sort of thing you would expect from this series and seems to be following a recent trend towards harder more unpleasant story lines as we have seen in the normally gentle Downton Abbey.
This is not entertainment.
And Vivienne Pattison, director of MediaWatch, urged broadcasters to consider using warnings ahead of unusually graphic scenes.
A few viewers have expressed their shock at the appearance of a topless woman on ITV at 8:45am.
Model Sue appeared topless as part of a demonstration to educate women how to examine their breasts for abnormalities that may indicate breast cancer on early morning breakfast show Lorraine, presented by Lorraine Kelly.
Dr Hilary Jones talked the model through the hand movements and pressure application, which she conducted herself, recommending that women spend three minutes examining each breast and armpit each time.
A spokeswoman from pressure group Mediawatch UK claimed such broadcasts could be problematic .:
Whilst there was nothing sexual or lascivious about the examination, this kind of thing can be problematic.
There probably should have been a warning beforehand, as there may have been young children watching and it might have upset them a bit.
The telegraph also cited a couple of trivial whingeing tweets and a supportive one.
A spokeswoman for ITV said :
We've had lots of lovely messages from our viewers thanking the programme for highlighting how to do a full examination - something it seems many women have been unaware and unsure of.
Supermarket chain Asda has apologised and withdrawn a Halloween outfit it was selling online as a mental patient fancy dress costume
, after criticism. The item included clothing, fake blood, a mask and a fake meat cleaver.
In a statement, Asda, which is owned by US retail giant Walmart, said the sale had been a completely unacceptable error . The store will make a very sizeable donation to mental health charity Mind
Katie Dalton, of Welsh mental health charity Gofal, wrote on Twitter:
Dear @asda, how on earth did you come to the conclusion that this is an appropriate fancy dress costume? Disgraceful.
And former Downing Street director of communications, Alastair Campbell tweeted:
Look what Asda's selling... what possesses these people?
The charity Rethink Mental Illness also took to Twitter to say it was stunned by the costume's description, but later thanked Asda for responding to the concerns .
The BBC Trust has reported on a complaint about Holby City:
BBC One, 18 September 2012, 8pm
The complainant objected to the use of the word shagging and the phrase cut his balls off during an episode of Holby City, broadcast before the 9pm watershed.
The complainant said that this language was sexually explicit and inappropriate when children might be watching. The Committee concluded:
that some viewers might find the use of this particular language offensive, but Holby City is a well-established drama dealing with contemporary life and covering challenging themes of hospital life, both on the ward and in the
staff's personal lives.
that regular viewers of this drama serial would not have found the use of the word shagging or the phrase cut his balls off unacceptable in this particular context.
that Holby City starts an hour before the watershed, when viewers are aware that not all programming is suitable for younger children.
that parents and carers share responsibility with the broadcaster to decide what is suitable for their children to view.
The complaint was not upheld.
The Daily Mail and its board of sound bite censors have picked up that "not all [pre-watershed] programming is suitable for younger children":
But the corporation's governing body has now confessed, for what appears to be the first time, that not all programming shown an hour before the watershed is suitable for younger children - prompting experts to warn that this could signal the end of the
With predictable Daily Mail bollox, the 'experts' turn out to be the perennial nutters, Vivienne Pattison of MediaWatch-UK and Miranda Suit of the christian moralisers, Safermedia.
Pattison spouted that the BBC Trust's decision not to uphold the complaint meant parents could no longer trust that their children are safe from explicit material:
I'm really shocked that they have done this. According to their own broadcasting code the 9pm watershed signals the beginning of the transition towards more adult material so by this reckoning, what is it?
Eight o'clock? Half past seven? Is that the beginning of the transition?
There are so many tens of thousands of parents who actually consider that the watershed is really helping them protect their children. But if we're going to see broadcasters themselves undermining that protection then I think we'll have a real outcry.
Minister for Censorship Culture calls on BBC to review iPlayer parental controls. Meanwhile Vivienne Pattison admits to an alarming mental condition where she sees violence to women in every TV programme
Amid a moral panic about internet censorship, Culture Secretary Maria Miller will ask BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten to
review safeguards on iPlayer programmes.
Senior sources say the Culture Secretary is concerned about British shows aping a trend in US drama for extreme on-screen violence, as in Sky shows such as The Following and Hannibal. Apparently some campaigners want the dramas to be edited to
be suitable for children for iPlayer versions.
A BBC Trust spokeswoman said no changes were planned for controls on the iPlayer as the Trust felt current safeguards were adequate. Asked about the current iPlayer protections for children, Lord Patten said: It's quite difficult to do it any
An IT consultant suggested: The BBC could simply mimic the system on Apple devices called iCloud which would allow parents to see what is being seen by their children, in real time.
Vivienne Pattison, director of pressure group MediaWatch-UK, admitted to alarming mental problems, seeing things in programmes that nobody else does:
It seems like there is violence against women in every programme now, with lingering shots of someone having something done to her.
I don't think any of us can dispute the quality of the filming, writing and acting in both Ripper Street and The Fall but it does seem gratuitous and gruesome violence has become mainstream.
I have been talking about the BBC having tougher safeguards for its iPlayer programmes for years but always get the same response: that it has to be something that seriously harms the mental or physical health of a child and nothing on the
iPlayer will do this. Actually with some of those dramas we are getting to the stage where if a young child watches it, yes it could do.
Mediawatch-UK gloats about the almost daily meetings to discuss internet censorship. But how come the nutters are getting away with bollox about child porn being readily available via a trivial google search?
Jennifer Lopez performed her single Live It Up on Britain's Got Talent semi-final results show on Tuesday. The act was shown after the 9pm watershed.
She gyrated on stage in a thong and fishnet tights. Her dance routine provoked the inevitable 'furious backlash', with campaigners calling on Ofcom to 'crack down' on ITV for airing it on a family show.
Apparently thousands of viewers took to Twitter to make their comments, with one saying the singer looked like a prostitute .
Judge Amanda Holden seemed to be a fan, declaring: JLo's arse. I just wanted to bite it. It was fabulous .
Mediawatch UK said the programme had deliberately targeted younger viewers by screening the episode during the half-term holiday. The group claimed that millions of children will have watched the performance, despite the lateness of the hour.
Director Vivienne Pattinson whiged:
Parents will have been more likely to let their children stay up beyond their normal bedtimes.
And given the main show is incredibly popular with children, lots of them will have wanted to stay up a bit later to find out who won. It was totally inappropriate to show something like this, given their audience. It seems as if they never learn.
TV censor Ofcom said it had received 30 complaints about the performance so far.
An ITV spokesman said:
We do not believe that Jennifer Lopez's performance would have exceeded the expectations of the vast majority of the audience for this long-established entertainment programme.
Pensioner Kelly Fox causes a minor stir on Britain's Got Talent with her song Kiss My Ass.
Mediawatch-UK director Vivienne Pattison has asked David Cameron's Mary Whitehouse, Claire Perry MP, to investigate supposedly sexualised content on pre-watershed shows like Britain's Got Talent. Pattison whinged:
The ratings are falling and ITV is just pulling out the stops. First we had the lap dancer Keri Graham and now this granny. It is inappropriate. BGT is going all out to shock and Ofcom is simply underregulating the show.
In 2010, Ofcom said Rihanna's dancing on The X Factor had reached the 'limits of acceptability'. It must be past that by now. As a result, Ofcom is trying to redefine family viewing.
The Britain's Got Talent judges granted Fox a thumbs up for another appearance.
BBC bosses are braced for pre-prepared 'outrage' over sadistic sex scenes to be shown 5 minutes after tonight's 9pm watershed. David Tennant will be seen raping his wife in a 70-second scene in The Politician's Husband.
Vivienne Pattison, director of pressure group MediaWatch-UK, slated the decision to show adult material immediately after the 9pm divide. She said:
The Politician's Husband will be following on from snooker. Snooker to sadistic sex is quite an extreme leap and care should be taken to avoid putting the most 'challenging' material immediately after 9pm.
And Katie Russell, of the organisation Rape Crisis, insisted viewers should be warned of the sexually violent nature of the show before they watch it. She said:
It's important that any programme planning to screen such scenes carries clear and repeated warnings to avoid triggering flashbacks or distressing and re-traumatising sexual violence survivors.
A BBC spokesman explained:
This scene goes to the heart of the emotional story for the characters. It establishes that their sex lives are integral to the narrative, and while some viewers may find these scenes strong, they reflect the central themes of power and betrayal which
impact on their political marriage.
It will air in a post-watershed slot and there will be a warning prior to broadcast that the drama contains scenes of sexual violence and some strong language from the start.
The Daily Mail enjoyed Britain's Got Talent immensely and had a good rummage around in their Scrabble bag of random hype words:
Britain's Got Talent has been hit by a 'huge backlash' [= a few tweets] from viewers after broadcasting a performance from an 11-year-old schoolgirl singing a song about a one night stand, and a 'highly sexualised' [=marginally sexy] lapdancing
performance - all before the 9pm watershed.
The first episode of this year's ITV talent contest, which was shown at 7pm on Saturday night and watched by more than 13 million people, was branded totally unsuitable [= carefully edited for a family audience] by 'outraged parents' [= Daily Mail
Contestant Keri Graham, whose performance saw her stripping down to her 'underwear' [=shorts], writhing 'semi-naked' [=modestly costumed] on a chair and 'gyrating on Simon Cowell' [= put a leg over his shoulder], is a professional stripper.
A second act featured 11-year-old Arixsander Libantino performing a rendition of Jennifer Hudson song One Night Only , which features the lyrics:
You've got one night only,
that's all you have to spare,
let's not pretend to care,
come on, big baby,
we only have 'til dawn.
The Daily Mail then dragged up half a dozen trivial tweets to justify the 'huge backlash'.
Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch UK said:
Having an 11-year-old girl sing an adult song like this is simply sexualising children. It's incredibly damaging because this show is marketed at primary school children.
ITV appear to have completely ignored the Ofcom guidelines - I don't even know why they put the guidelines out. This kind of thing is not what families want to see.
We are sleepwalking into a situation where pornography is the norm.
A spokesman for ITV said :
Mindful of our family audience, the performance was carefully edited to ensure it was suitably inexplicit.
Ofcom said that it was too early to tell if they had received any complaints from the public.
The BBC has defended its decision to censor Radio 1's Official Chart Show. The song championed by opponents of Margaret
Thatcher, Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead , will be banned from the customary full broadcast for a song rising in the singles charts.
Instead the BBC will give the song a passing mention in a news item supported by a mere 5s clip.
BBC Radio 1 controller and censor Ben Cooper claimed the move over the Wizard of Oz film track had been a difficult compromise. Whenever people spout political bollox about 'balancing rights with...' one knows that they are taking something away. Cooper
is no exception, he spewed that he had to balance 'respect' for someone who had just died with issues around freedom of speech.
Sales of the song, from the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland, have soared since former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher's death on Monday, supported by Thatcher's opponents. The single is set to take the number three spot in Sunday's countdown, according
to the Official Charts Company.
Capital FM, which has its own chart show, said the station was currently reviewing the situation .
The Conservative chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, John Whittingdale, claimed the BBC's decision was a sensible compromise.
However, the Conservative MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, said the track should be played in its entirety. He said:
I think that Margaret Thatcher would be horrified having helped free millions of people in eastern Europe and been the symbol of freedom around the world that she could in any way have censorship in her own country.
The BBC has had a very difficult decision and it's come up with a very British old-fashioned fudge.
Journalist and DJ Paul Gambaccini said that the programme was not a programme of choice .
The Top 40 is the news of music, he went on. It's not something to editorialise about - it's just fact. You can't change reality.
Comment: And a little good sense from Mediawatch-UK
What a sorry, unedifying mess the BBC has got itself into over the hateful campaign by sick Left-wing zealots trying to bounce the song Ding Dong! The
Witch Is Dead to the top of the music charts.
First the Corporation -- with its countless overpaid commissars of political correctness -- let it be known that, on Sunday's pop chart show, the song would be played in full.
Then, faced with a barrage of complaints from MPs on all sides on the disgrace of giving airtime to a song viciously celebrating the death of a great Prime Minister before she was even buried, a re-think was ordered.
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead duly entered the singles chart at number two, and the BBC duly banned the song from the
The Wizard of Oz song had sold 52,605 copies, 5,700 copies behind Duke Dumont and A*M*E with Need U (100%) which remained at the top for a second week.
Rival campaign song I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher entered at 35. The 1979 song by punk band Notsensibles sold 8,768 copies after a late push from Lady Thatcher fans. The Notsensibles track was played in full on the programme.
But Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead was replaced by a Newsbeat reporter explaining why the song was in the chart. Two short clips of the song were played as Sinead Garvan gave details of the online campaign and explained why opponents had been
critical of Lady Thatcher. The news report - which ran for almost 40 seconds longer than the song itself - also included two views from members of the public on the controversy, with one saying it was quite funny , while the other said it was disgraceful
Could this be the beginning of the end of the love affair between the right-wing tabloid press and Mediawatch-uk?
The Sun is one of the tabloid newspapers which provide Mediawatch-uk with a platform to air their views and promote their moral crusade against violence and sex in the media. Mediawatch-uk have shyed away from targetting things like Page 3 and the other
sexual content found in The Sun and this is the first time they have expressed some criticism. It's very interesting indeed.
From a BBC article about the prevalence of murder stories on TV.
Vivienne Pattison is director of Mediawatch UK, a campaign group that fights for family values in the media, and against graphic violence. But even she says murder has a role to play:
I don't think there's anything wrong with the subject being covered on television per se, it's how it's dealt with, she says.
There is clearly a huge amount of difference between the treatment of murder in say The Killing - which invites the viewer to solve the case, EastEnders - which usually looks at motivation and the emotional fallout from the event, and the
Saw franchise - the films of which are little more than gore fests of torture porn.
The latter I do consider to be more problematic as they remove the humanity of the victims and so the death itself becomes entertainment.
Sick comic facing axe: Jack Whitehall could be dropped as presenter at TV awards as Channel 4 repeats vile quiz
Comedian Jack Whitehall is facing the axe as the presenter of a prize at the National Television Awards following the growing controversy over his lewd behaviour on a Channel 4 panel game.
The star has been booked for the ITV show to be broadcast later this month, but it has emerged that a key figure on the programme believes he should not now appear on the awards show.
Channel 4 yesterday ignored the protests of viewers and said the Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012 which featured vile jokes about the Queen and Susan Boyle will be repeated unedited on the main channel tonight at 11:35pm.
Last night co-executive producer of the National Television Awards, George Mitchell, said he would be having a summit conference on Monday about whether Whitehall should still present a prize at the awards. He said he would like to offer him the
chance to bow out gracefully and give him the chance to withdraw . But he admitted other bosses on the show may not agree with him.
But unfortunately for the Daily Mail, the supposed axe of Jack Whitehall's awards presentation seems to be bollox. See
K im Turberville, creator and executive producer of the NTA, told The Independent:
Contrary to spurious reports earlier today, I would like to confirm that there has been no crisis summit over Jack Whitehall's invitation to present an award at this year's National Television Awards.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming him on January 23 for our live show.
The Independent also pointed out that a poll of readers found that 95% of readers don't think participants on the panel show took the joke too far anyway.
The Daily Mail also dragged up a rather low key sound bite from Vivienne Pattison of Mediawatch UK said:
This programme should have always been broadcast in the late night 11.35pm slot. Putting it out at primetime was totally inappropriate.
Children are far more likely to be watching at 9pm, especially when you consider it was the Christmas holiday.
The Daily Mail added that another show has sparked a little 'outrage' too:
It emerged also that another festive Channel 4 show, The 50 Funniest Moments of 2012 , also triggered complaints after it included footage of a male far-Right Greek politician punching a woman in the face and strong swearing just after the
watershed. Some 40 viewers contacted Ofcom about the programme, most of them angry at the suggestion that a woman being punched in the face was funny.