UK: BBC Made Comedian Russell Howard Re-Record Joke About ISIS To Avoid Offending Muslims
“And then, at the end of the show, the BBC lost their mind, [saying]‘You need to re-record it! You need to say Isis aren’t devout Muslims.’ I was like, ‘Are you worried we are going to offend Isis?’ Are they going to write in?’”
No, it’s clear that the BBC was not worried about offending the Islamic State (ISIS). Calling ISIS devout Muslims wouldn’t offend them. They are devout Muslims. The BBC was worried about offending the Muslims who hold to the fiction, or want British non-Muslims to hold to the fiction, that ISIS isn’t Islamic and doesn’t operate according to Islamic teachings.
What cringing cowardice. Cowardice and kowtowing before Islamic intimidation are pandemic these days, but that doesn’t make them any more excusable. I’m with Charb, the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was murdered by jihadis: “I’d rather die standing up than live on my knees.” And he did. And I may. But there really isn’t any other alternative. How can these BBC jellyfish live with themselves?
“Comedian Russell Howard reveals BBC made him re-record a joke about ISIS in case it offended the murderous terror group,” by Rory Tingle, Mailonline, January 28, 2019:
Russell Howard has claimed BBC executives once made him re-record a joke about ISIS in case it offended the genocidal terrorist group.
The comedian, speaking about freedom of speech on Sky One’s The Russell Howard Hour, said a routine in which he attacked the terror cult for ‘not being Muslims’ after the 2015 Paris attacks sparked concerns among the corporation’s management.
Howard, 38, claimed he was told to change the skit to instead say Isis ‘weren’t ‘devout’ Muslims’, prompting the Bristol-born comic to question, ‘are we worried about offending ISIS?’
The 38-year-old said: ‘A while back I worked for the BBC and I did a piece about the Paris attacks when I said Isis weren’t Muslims, they were terrorists – and the crowd cheered.
‘And then, at the end of the show, the BBC lost their mind, [saying]‘You need to re-record it! You need to say Isis aren’t devout Muslims.’
‘I was like, “Are you worried we are going to offend Isis?’” Are they going to write in?’
Howard then imagined an ISIS terrorist writing a letter of complaint to the BBC’s feedback programme about his former show, Russell Howard’s Good News.
‘Dear Points Of View, imagine my horror when I was misrepresented on a late-night satire show. Farouk and I will be cancelling our TV licence. Please excuse my handwriting, I have a hook for a hand.’
He added: ‘F*** those traitors to their faith! If they are killing people, the least I can do as a comedian is call them names. And if Isis gets upset, then f*** them.’
In the broadcast version of Russell Howard’s Good News, the wording ‘devout Muslims’ was used….
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer