The Sex Business: Pain for Pleasure, Channel 5 10 December 2018, 22:00
The Sex Business: Trans On Demand, Channel 5, 11 December 2018, 22:00
The Sex Business: Orgasms for Sale, Channel 5, 12 December 2018, 22:00
The Sex Business was an observational documentary series on Channel 5 investigating the lives of sex workers in Britain.
Ofcom received 36 complaints about the three episodes of The Sex Business titled: Pain for Pleasure (Episode 1) 9 complaints; Trans On Demand (Episode 2) 23 complaints; and Orgasms for Sale (Episode 3) 4 complaints.
The programmes included interviews with sex workers and images of real sexual activity between the sex workers and their clients. In summary, the complainants considered that the sexual activity shown in these episodes was unsuitable for
broadcast on Channel 5 from 22:00.
Ofcom gave plentiful examples of the content that offended including:
a long-shot of a dominatrix stapling a client's genitals and describing it as a chastity device;
three dominatrixes engaged in a sadomasochistic session with a client, who was tied and masked and had his testicles restrained in a device which was pulled upwards by a lever;
a dominatrix describing her work including how she introduces anal play and how she takes one of her clients to a point where he doesn't want it and that is like a rape but completely consensual;
a mid-shot, which was partially masked, of the same dominatrix anally fisting the masked client whose legs were suspended over a wooden frame and his wrists restrained by handcuffs (the point of insertion was not shown);
a mid-shot of another dominatrix anally penetrating the same client with a prosthetic strap-on penis from behind the wooden frame (the point of insertion was not shown);
mid-shots filmed to the side of two oral sex acts (anal and vaginal);
a mid-shot showing the same sex worker urinating onto a client and asking the client if he wants to take the piss in his mouth or on his body;
a mid-shot showing a male sex worker massaging and penetrating a female client with his fingers and masturbating her (the shot was filmed from behind the client so her genitals and the point of insertion were not visible)
as she groans and breathes heavily;
Rule 2.3: In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context;
Rule 1.19: Broadcasters must ensure that material broadcast after the watershed ... which contains images and/or language of a strong or explicit sexual nature, but is not 'adult sex material' [as defined in Rule
1.183206], is justified by the context.
Ofcom considered that the content detailed in the Introduction was of a strong and explicit sexual nature. Channel 5 also accepted the sexual acts featured in the series were extreme and the programmes contained challenging material. The
programmes featured real (not simulated) and extreme sexual activity, including penetration of the vagina and anus by body parts (such as toes, fists and fingers) and sex toys (prosthetic penises) as well as strong fetish and sadomasochistic sex
acts (such as the nailing and stapling of a client's genitals, electrical charges applied to a client's genitals, caning and whipping of buttocks and forceful kicking of testicles). Ofcom considered that this was strong and graphic sexual content
that had the clear potential to cause offence.
It is Ofcom's view that the majority of strong sexual images and language broadcast in this series were not sufficiently blurred and/or masked. In some cases, no masking or blurring was applied at all to close up images of sex acts (such as oral
sex), including extreme sex acts (such as the caning and whipping of clients' buttocks causing open wounds and applying electrical charges to testicles). In the example of the urination scene, Channel 5 said that it was zoomed considerably to
limit offence. However, in Ofcom's view the zooming of the camera was not sufficient to limit offence in this case. The scene also included the sex worker asking the client if he wanted to take the piss in his mouth or on his body, accompanied by
unmasked footage of the urine being sprayed onto the client's naked body. Ofcom considered this resulted in a very strong sexualised image of degradation with the potential to cause considerable offence.
In Ofcom's view the sexual images and language in this documentary were of a strong sexual nature. The insufficient masking of the majority of images and the inclusion of close-up and mid-range shots resulted in this strong sexual content being
graphic and explicit. Some of these extreme images were also repeated within each episode. Although the serious documentary genre provided editorial justification for the broadcast of sexual material, this was the strongest and explicit sexual
material, broadcast on a public service channel without mandatory restricted access. Ofcom therefore concluded that these episodes were likely to have exceeded the expectations of the audience, even for an observational documentary dealing with
sexual themes with a serious and observational editorial purpose, at this time. Therefore, viewers would have considered that this stronger sexual material required the strongest contextual justification and broadcasting the series later in the
schedule after 23:00 may have helped provide such justification.
it is Ofcom's view that the strong sexual content in this series far exceeded the level of explicitness that viewers were likely to have expected to see in a programme broadcast from 22:00 on a freely available public service channel. Our
Decision is therefore that the potentially offensive content in these programmes exceeded generally accepted standards, in breach of Rule 2.3.
it was Ofcom's view that scheduling this series of programmes at 22:00 did not limit the likelihood of children viewing strong sexual content. However, by scheduling the content at 23:00, Channel 5 may have been better able to ensure that the
series was sufficiently contextually justified. For the reasons above, it is therefore Ofcom's Decision that the content also breached Rule 1.19.
Authorities on the Greek is land of Santorini have refused to allow an ad campaign that shows an exhausted donkey next to the words Donkeys Suffer for Tourists. Please Don't Ride Them to be run on local buses and taxis. The ads were
intended to be placed on vehicles across the island in time for the peak tourist season.
A local ad company representative explained that because many bus and taxi drivers also own donkeys who transport tourists up steep steps, the municipality of Santorini refused to issue the necessary authorisation to run the ads.
Jinn is the first Arabic original TV series produced by Netflix. And it din not take long for a few Jordanians to become 'outraged'
Even before the audience had a chance to watch the first few episodes, people were calling for a ban on the series that showed Jordanian teenagers kissing and swearing.
The series , produced by Netflix and Kibrit Productions, takes a look at the friendship and budding romances between the students of a private high school in Petra, Jordan, after they unwittingly unleash a jinn, an evil spirit in Islam .
A few whingers attacked the series and accused it of promoting pornography, drugs and alcohol use among students. Journalist Wael al-Bteiri who launched the hashtag #Punish_Jinn told Al-Monitor that he considered the series to be an American
infiltration that aimed to damage Jordan through its dirty scenes and offensive language. He said
[It] encourages people to fornicate, drink alcohol and smoke weed. They want to drag our youths down into the decadence of the West. Everyone should take action to stop this mockery.
Dozens of Jordanian women signed a statement June 18 that called the series an offense against Jordan's moral fibre. The statement said:
We strongly refuse the superficiality of this series, as well as [its scenes] that are offensive to public decency and that exploit minors. It reflects an inappropriate image of Jordan, as it was shot in Petra. The historical city was depicted
as a hub for the jinn and a place of deviance.
On June 16, the Public Prosecutor of Amman called on the Cyber Crime Unit to take the necessary measures to ban the series.
Netflix responded to the controversy with a statement June 14 that it would not tolerate offensive statements or action toward the actors that starred in Jinn.
ASA's new rule banning harmful gender stereotypes in ads has come into force.
The new rule in the Advertising Codes, which will apply to broadcast and non-broadcast media (including online and social media), states:
[Advertisements] must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence.
This change follows a review of gender stereotyping in ads by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Following the review, CAP (the rulle writing arm of ASA) consulted publicly on specific proposals to ban harmful gender stereotypes in
ads, underpinned by the evidence collected by the ASA. The proposed restrictions were supported by a majority of respondents.
The evidence does not show that the use of gender stereotypes is always problematic and the new rule does not seek to ban gender stereotypes outright, but to identify specific harms that should be prevented.
The advertising industry has had six months to get ready for the new rule. The ASA will now deal with any complaints it receives on a case-by-case basis and will assess each ad by looking at the content and context to determine if the new rule
has been broken.
Scenarios in ads likely to be problematic under the new rule include:
An ad that depicts a man with his feet up and family members creating mess around a home while a woman is solely responsible for cleaning up the mess.
An ad that depicts a man or a woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender e.g. a man's inability to change nappies; a woman's inability to park a car.
Where an ad features a person with a physique that does not match an ideal stereotypically associated with their gender, the ad should not imply that their physique is a significant reason for them not being successful, for example in their
romantic or social lives.
An ad that seeks to emphasise the contrast between a boy's stereotypical personality (e.g. daring) with a girl's stereotypical personality (e.g. caring) needs to be handled with care.
An ad aimed at new mums which suggests that looking attractive or keeping a home pristine is a priority over other factors such as their emotional wellbeing.
An ad that belittles a man for carrying out stereotypically female roles or tasks.
The rule and its supporting guidance doesn't stop ads from featuring:
A woman doing the shopping or a man doing DIY.
Glamorous, attractive, successful, aspirational or healthy people or lifestyles.
One gender only, including in ads for products developed for and aimed at one gender.
Gender stereotypes as a means to challenge their negative effects.
CAP will carry out a review of the new rule in 12 months' time to make sure it's meeting its objective to prevent harmful gender stereotypes.
About 20,000 people in the US have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens , the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 fantasy novel. Unfortunately they addressed their petition to
Netflix when the series is made by Amazon Prime.
The six-part series was released last month, starring David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who collaborate to prevent the coming of the antichrist and an imminent apocalypse.
But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is another step to make
satanism appear normal, light and acceptable, and mocks God's wisdom. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.
The publisher and science fiction critic Cheryl Morgan tweeted:
Miraculously God has already done it. Don't tell them She put it on Amazon instead.
Victoria Derbyshire is the BBC's arch social justice warrior and a daytime news presenter. She was introducing an interview with several Tory party leadership candidates including Jeremy Hunt. She introduced him as Jeremy Cunt, a nickname
popular with those opposing his policies to privatise parts of the NHS.
And is if to confirm the underlying psyche that gave rise to this Freudian slip, Derbyshire went on to have a knock at men saying this was something that men usually say.
Having heard the nickname, it has a certain rhythm to it and sticks in the mind. I sure that this won't be the last time that this gets aired.
We received some complaints about the occurrence of strong language on this edition.
We appreciate some viewers were offended by Victoria misspeaking while saying Jeremy Hunt's name on 10 June. She apologised immediately for the mistake.
We also recognise that some viewers were unhappy with how she phrased her apology. As you will appreciate this is a live show and she did not intend to cause any further upset with her remarks, and is sorry if that was the case.
Please note also we have removed that section of the broadcast from BBC iPlayer.
New research has found that reality TV programmes like Love Island , TOWIE and Geordie Shore have exposed children and young people to smoking and alcohol, partly because they're available on catch-up outside the 9pm
The study by the University of Nottingham's Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies found that reality shows contain much higher levels of tobacco and alcohol content than other primetime TV programme genres. The in-depth analysis is published in
the Journal of Public Health.
The research team previously reported high levels of tobacco imagery, including branding, in the 2017 series of Love Island. However, after complaints over the level of smoking in that series, an editorial decision was made to remove smoking
content. The team's new study found no tobacco content in the 2018 series of Love Island.
For this new study, the researchers measured depictions of alcohol and tobacco products on Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore and Love Island and the now discontinued Celebrity Big Brother ,all airing on UK
channels for a total of 112 episodes between January and August 2018. They measured the number of one-minute intervals containing tobacco and/or alcohol imagery, including actual use, implied use, tobacco or alcohol-related materials, and
product-specific branding, and estimated viewer exposure to the imagery on screen.
Audience viewing figures were combined with mid-year population estimates for 2017 to estimate overall and individual impressions -- separate incidents seen -- by age group for each of the coded episodes.
Alcohol content appeared in all 112 episodes and in 2,212 one-minute intervals, or 42% of all intervals studied. 18% of intervals included actual alcohol consumption, while 34% featured inferred consumption, predominantly characters holding
alcoholic drinks. The greatest number of intervals including any alcohol content occurred in Love Island. Alcohol branding occurred in 1% of intervals and was most prevalent in Geordie Shore (51 intervals, 69% of episodes). Forty brands were
identified, the most common being Smirnoff vodka (23 intervals, all but one of which occurred in Geordie Shore).
Tobacco content appeared in 20 episodes, in 110 or 2% of all intervals studied. Almost all (98%) of this content occurred in a single reality TV series, Celebrity Big Brother. This included actual tobacco use, inferred tobacco use, and tobacco
paraphernalia. Tobacco branding was not present.
When all the data were combined with audience viewing figures and population estimates, the researchers estimate that the 112 episodes delivered 4.9 billion overall alcohol impressions to the UK population, including 580 million to children under
the age of 16, as well as 214 million overall tobacco impressions, including 47 million to children under 16.
Lead researcher on the study, Alexander Barker, from the University's Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, said:
Starting to smoke or drink alcohol at a young age is a strong predictor of dependence and continued use in later life. Recent data shows that 44% of 11 to 15-year-olds in England have had an alcoholic drink, and 19% have tried smoking.
Given that seeing alcohol or tobacco imagery in the media promotes use among young people, our study therefore identifies reality television shows as a major potential driver of alcohol and tobacco consumption in young people in the UK. Tighter
scheduling rules, such as restricting the amount of content and branding shown in these programmes, could prevent children and adolescents from being exposed to the tobacco and alcohol content.
The Parents Television Council has issued an urgent warning to parents ahead of the premiere of HBO's teen-targeted show Euphoria. PTC President Tim Winter said:
Just as MTV did with Skins and as Netflix is doing with 13 Reasons Why , HBO, with its new high school centered show Euphoria , appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content -- sex,
violence, profanity and drug use -- to teens and preteens.
HBO might attach a content rating suggesting that it is intended for mature audiences, but let's be real here: who watches a show about high school children, except high school and junior high school-aged children?
While HBO is a premium cable network, parents who are HBO subscribers may be blindsided by HBO's new attempt to market such explicit content directly to minors. And the parental blindside is greatly exacerbated by ubiquitous streaming apps that
deliver such explicit content directly to a teen's phone or computer screen. Parents urgently need to be aware of HBO's grossly irresponsible programming decision.
Speaking on Radio 4's Heresy show last night, comedian Jo Brand joked:
Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they're very, very easy to hate.
And I'm kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?
That's just me, sorry, I'm not gonna do it, it's purely a fantasy. But I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.
Presumably she was referring to Nigel Farage being hit with a milkshake whist campaigning before the European elections.
The gag was met with howls of laughter from the studio audience and show host Victoria Coren Mitchell didn't appear concerned by the remarks.
The gag has caused a bit of a flurry of complaints eliciting an initial response from the BBC.
The Sun reported that the BBC refused to apologise for the broadcast and said remarks on the comedy show were not intended to be taken seriously. A spokeswoman said:
Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken
But this of course highlights rather obvious injustice in the kangaroo court system whose jurisdiction is political correctness. Had a male comedian joked about similarly about a female politician, then that comedian would have been marched off
the premises, and the police would have been waiting on his doorstep when he arrived home. And I guess a similar thought would go through the mind of anyone reading about the BBC response to the joke.
But perhaps the BBC has realised that it has been to blatant in its biased version of PC justice and has taken the unusual action of asking interested viewers to be informed of the official response to the complaints by email rather than the BBFC
publishing its response on its website.
Meanwhile Nigel Farage has responded saying: T his is incitement of violence and the police need to act.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had received 19 complaints from angry listeners since the show was broadcast.
Perhaps it is about time that the politically correct police and media realised that it is simply unjust to tacitly support the milkshaking of politicians who are considered politically incorrect. It is demonstrating the human failing that anyone
granted power over others, may and will use that power to abuse those less favoured. An observation that applies equally to all genders, sexualities, religions and races.
Jo Brand will be back on Radio 4 next week, as police confirmed they will take no further action over her comments.
The Telegraph understands that internally, the BBC are resolutely supporting Brand, with one insider saying:
Jo Brand is a much loved comedian and part of the Radio 4 family -- she will continue to be so, and will continue to appear on our programmes.
The full BBC response which was belatedly published on its website reads:
Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously. We
carefully considered the programme before broadcast. It was never intended to encourage or condone violence, and it does not do so, but we have noted the strong reaction to it. Comedy will always push boundaries and will continue to do so, but
on this occasion we have decided to edit the programme. We regret any offence we have caused.
It is good that the BBC is standing up against political correctness censorship but it seems unlikely that the BBC would be so supportive of a male comedian. In fact this case could set an interesting precedent as very few other complaints get
quite so close to actually inciting violence as Jo Brand's comment. So surely any future sacking for a PC joke will always be compared with this deciion.
Meanwhile Ofcom said they had received 287 complaints about the comments. Ofcom allows complaints about BBC programmes to be assessed by the BBC first, so it will take some time, if ever, before Ofcom considers the case.
Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe became the focus of a PC lynch mob when she touched on the topic of homosexuality when being interviewed on Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday. She speculated:
I also pointed out that there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa and the fact that we now think it is quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn't mean that science may not be
able to produce an answer at some stage.
This seems to acknowledge the current thinking on the subject and adds a idle speculation about the future. It hardly seems to be anything to get worked up about and much of the 'outrage' seems to have been generated by partially reporting the
quote as if she was speaking about something more current.
The resulting lynch mob managed to get her touring stage show, Strictly Ann: An Evening with Ann Widdecombe, banned from several venues.
But The Lowther Pavilion in Lythm, Lancashire bravely allowed her show to go on. Tim Lince, chairman of Lowther Theatre's Trust, said:
I do not feel we should be in the business of censorship. I believe the theatre is open for everybody to speak and that's a very important thing we should all defend. If there had been an incident where something had been said that had led to
police action, the board would have had no place in that. The Lowther would not support anything where there has been police action.
Ihe theatre issued a statement in which it said:
The right of free speech in the theatre was long fought and should be protected so that all opinions can be represented. Lowther Pavilion has always had an inclusive performance and use policy and this has been represented by previous and future
presentations booked at the theatre.
About 25 people protested outside the theatre with little effect.
MSPs from all parties in the Scottish Parliament have backed a motion condemning violence against women and supporting the right of universities to host controversial discussions on campus.
Scottish Labour's Jenny Marra has lodged a motion supporting a discussion on women's rights which took place at Edinburgh University last week, but which had been branded anti trans and was marred by an attempted assault on one of the speakers.
Her motion, which also states there is no place for violence or threats of violence towards women engaging in public life in Scotland has been backed by Ruth Davidson and 24 other MSPs from across the political spectrum.
The event in the university's George Square lecture halls last Wednesday evening, which was addressed by academics including Professor Rosa Freedman and Professor Sarah Pedersen as well as feminist campaigner and author Julie Bindel, was attended
by around 200 people.
The university came under pressure from LGBT students and its staff Pride Network to cancel the event claiming discussing women's sex-based rights was exclusionary of transgender women. However principal Peter Mathieson refused to do so and said
he believed universities must be safe places for complex and sometimes controversial discussions to take place.
A protest outside the event was held - but it was when the discussion was over that an alleged attempted assault took place on speaker Julie Bindel. Ms Bindel has described how she was verbally abused, lunged at and almost punched in the face by
a transwoman as she left to catch her taxi to Edinburgh Airport. Only the intervention of security staff prevented her from being physically assaulted, she claimed. A transwoman, Cathy Brennan, later admitted on social media that she had lost
her shit at Ms Bindel.