A few miserable gits have whinged at a show by pop star Lily Allen for a supposedly disrespectful recreation of the nativity at one of her concerts.
At a sold-out show at the O2 Academy in Brixton, she performed her song Sheezus ,
while sitting in a straw-covered manger. Her back-up dancers were dressed as a traditional donkey, a Christmas cracker and a gift. The stage was illuminated with dozens of giant, lit-up baby bottles and Lily was joined by the Capital Children's Choir.
Conservative MP Martin Vickers whinged:
This could be extremely offensive to many Christians.
It is important that all religions are given the respect they deserve and I can certainly
understand why some Christians believe their deeply held views are being squeezed out.
[But religions do get the respect they deserve!...none!]
It's been a long time since we've heard from Stephen Green, of Christian Voice, but
it wasn't really worth the wait, he whimpered:
It is tasteless, it is disrespectful and it is crass.
A club on John Bright Street, central Birmingham, has been refused a licence by Birmingham City Council. This venue, which previously offered striptease before becoming a burlesque club ('Rouge') was refused a licence on the basis of being unsuitable
within the locality and with reference to other land use in the vicinity.
What a load of bollox. John Bright Street is in a desolate corner of Birmingham city centre that is penned in by 2 legs of inner ring road dual carriage way, on the other side a
busy little road which is one of the few ways in and out of the shopping area...and on the fourth side is the concrete monstrosity of New Street station. The only businesses that hang in there are a few pubs, a cinema and a theatre. It is the most
suitable area in town.
Birmingham Council has banned a new lap dancing club in the city centre following objections from a miserable campaign group based next door. The council's licensing committee chairman Barbara Dring ludicrously claimed:
The use of the venue would be out of keeping with the locality.
Action for Blind People formally objected to the license application for Lace Gentlemens Club on John Bright Street. The venue was
previously used as a Spearmint Rhino lap dancing club until 2008, followed by an independent operator which closed several years ago. Cormac McCarthy of Action for Blind People whinged:
The overall nature of the street
has changed remarkably since the development of the station. This use is not in keeping with the street. The street has improved considerably in the last two years with more people accessing our services.
Speaking on behalf of the
Lace owner, solicitor Heath Thomas argued that John Bright Street is a suitable area for a lap dancing club. He said:
This is a street which is part of Birmingham's night time economy. No other individuals have raised
concerns. There is no suggestion this is going to give rise to crime and anti-social behaviour.
He also pointed out there was, crucially, no objection from police.
An advertising poster in a Peta campaign against consuming dairy produce has been pulled from display following whinges from Notts County football club.
The billboard image shows a startled woman whose face has been drenched in a white liquid
substance next to the words Some bodily fluids are bad for you. Don't swallow. Ditch Dairy.
Notts County complained that the nearby advert was not in keeping with [their] community and family-focused values. Damian Irvine, Commercial
Director at the club ejaculated:
Families coming along to Meadow Lane for our blockbuster Christmas matches against Swindon Town on December 13 and against MK Dons on Boxing Day will not be subjected to the ads.
The design, which was described by the local paper as like the aftermath of a sex act , was commissioned and set to be displayed throughout December after a Swedish study claimed that an increased risk of bone fractures and
mortality are linked to dairy products .
Mimi Bekhechi, director of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), said:
The billboard is a cheeky way to alert passers-by to the dangers of drinking cows'
An animal rights group has been branded misogynistic by a women's rights group. Campaign group Resist Porn Culture claimed the Peta poster was sexist and called for tighter regulations.
Lisa Marie-Taylor, from Resist Porn Culture,
said adverts of this kind were inspired by the pornography industry, which she claiomed depicts women as subservient and often brutalised beings :
Peta's sexist, misogynist adverts aim to be original and
thought-provoking but they are neither. Resist Porn Culture calls on the ASA to implement more stringent guidelines around such adverts and insists that the ASA adheres to its purpose and strategy statement 'to make every UK ad a responsible ad'.
A Peta spokesman said the billboard was a tongue-in-cheek warning about the dairy industry's treatment of cows:
While some people might disagree with our tactics, there is no one final word on
what offends women and what doesn't. Many of the women here - and the women who have written in telling us they love the ad - have a different opinion.
Censors at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said they had received 9
complaints and were considering an investigation. '
The anti-dairy poster by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) was placed outside Notts County FC's stadium on Thursday. It was taken down the next day and
has now been replaced. Peta said another advert against eating turkey for Christmas would go up later this week instead.
The Daily Mail as been heaping praise on Hunger Games: Mockingjay . The paper gushes:
Showing public executions, corpses being devoured by wild animals and the bombing of a hospital, it's not exactly your typical children's film.
But the latest instalment of The Hunger Games phenomenon has been handed a 12A classification -- meaning it can be watched by under-12s as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
As a glamorous Jennifer Lawrence took to the red carpet for the
film's London premiere last night, critics (Well just Medaiwatch-UK and SaferMedia actually) questioned whether the BBFC's decision was appropriate, warning that the graphic scenes in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 could normalise violence
and traumatise children.
While this instalment contains fewer acts of violence than the first two films, the scenes of death and destruction that it does have are some of the most disturbing in the franchise -- including the aftermath of a
firebomb with heaps of corpses twisted among each other. Protesters are also shown being hooded, forced to their knees and shot in the head.
Pippa Smith of the Safer Media campaign said:
These are not things you
would want children to see. It normalises violence.
Vivienne Pattison of Mediawatch UK added:
There's nothing to stop you taking a four-year-old to see it. I think it's really worrying that films
which, several years ago, would have been a 15 are now being given lower ratings.
Whilst the Daily Mail is conjuring up a bit of commercially advantageous 'outrage' about the
leniency of the BBFC, others are questioning whether the BBFC isn't perhaps a little overly cautious about an 18 certificate for the gay film Gerontophilia
Gerontophilia has been described by some as the most controversial film ever made by director Bruce La Bruce. That's quite impressive for a filmmaker whose previous films have mixed Neo Nazis and gay porn, and zombies and gay porn. There's not any
gay porn at all in this one, so why has it courted controversy? Well it's purely because it's about one of the last taboos -- relationships with a massive age difference.
To be honest I was surprised that in the UK the BBFC gave
it an 18 certificate along with the advisory that it contains strong sex (which was also put on the DVD cover). It doesn't contain strong sex at all -- which for a Bruce La Bruce movie is the perhaps most shocking thing about the film -- it just
has a guy briefly masturbating under his clothes and the sight of a naked 80-year-old. However because the guy is touching himself because there's a naked 80-year-old, that apparently equates to strong sex. Normally the BBFC isn't as prudish about these
things as its US counterpart is, but I can't help but feel that a bit of disgust crept in here that didn't look at the actual content.
No More Page 3 campaigners are planning to release a single next month in the hope of getting a Christmas number 1.
The audio track of Now's the Time by Miss Baby Sol is up on YouTube - but without any video component. According to the NMP3
website, the campaigners want people to have a go at making an appropriate film.
They will select the best video offering and launch it to coincide with the release of the single on 15 December.
PC bullies claim that the colourful, lacy bras and knickers in the Iris & Edie line, named after Sadie Frost's 13-year-old daughter, may breach guidelines on age-appropriate clothing
Object, which campaigns against the supposed objectification of
women in the media, claims that the line, available in Debenhams, is inappropriate because it is named after Frost's daughter, Iris, who is 13.
Iris & Edie is named after Iris Frost and the 16-year-old daughter of Jemima French, the friend
with whom Frost runs her fashion label, FrostFrench. Both girls helped design the range, which also includes pyjamas and loungewear.
Roz Hardie, Chief Object at the campaign group said:
If Debenhams are
proposing to sell see-through pants named after an under-16 year-old, then they're not working within the spirit of the Bailey Review recommendations and we'd call on them to review their proposals. Particularly to link them to the names of under-16
year-olds, whether deliberate or not, is inappropriate.
A Debenhams spokesman said:
The ranges in question are aimed solely at adults, and are sold in our women's nightwear and lingerie
departments. We have sold this brand for three years, and it has always been marketed entirely to the young adult market.
We stock a range of age-appropriate underwear and nightwear for younger teenage girls in line with all
relevant guidance from the British Retail Consortium and Mumsnet, and these are sold in our childrenswear departments.