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    The problem with the Prince Harry drama

    by Rumbold
    8th October, 2010 at 1:37 pm    

    Channel 4 have come under heavy fire after announcing the screening of a drama showing Prince Harry being kidnapped by the Taliban and forced to take part in propaganda videos. Some of the criticism is misplaced, as it is unlikely to give succour to the Taliban, or make a kidnap attempt on Prince Harry more likely. The problem is that Prince Harry is a real person.

    There is no problem per se with a drama showing a fictional soldier being kidnapped. It is topical, it happens, and is something which needs to be exposed. The issue is that Prince Harry is real. Take a similar type of drama; let’s say a programme focused on the rape of a woman and the subsequent aftermath. If the person was fictional, it might be defensible. It would show viewers the brutality of rape, the lack of support the woman faces in the aftermath, how her friends and family react, and the physical and psychological damage.

    Now imagine if Channel Four gave the previously-fictional rape victim a real identity, and the programme followed the rape of Theresa May, the Home Secretary. Ms. May would not have given consent for this, yet the programme would imagine, in graphic detail, what it would be liked if she was raped and the aftermath. Not that I am try to say that rape and kidnapping are equal (drawing equivalence between crimes, particularly one as horrific as rape, is always dangerous), but rather I wanted to use it as example to show how wrong the programme is.

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    1. sunny hundal

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    1. boyo — on 8th October, 2010 at 2:39 pm  

      I notice this with the Guardian too - a really juvenile kind of lefty sensationalism. Ooh let’s shock! Let’s have the Queens Speech by a woman in a niqab/ saddam hussein/ mad cow etc! I was pondering it the other day. I think it says something about a kind of decadence, a lack of seriousness about the left - its still 90s “Sensation”, quite dated, not very deep. It doesn’t actually have any ideological roots, so compensates by shock value. And the more it has to shock, the less it has to say - for example, what new will we learn from Prince Harry being kidnapped by the Taliban? Its raison d’tetre seems to be how much it will wind up the Daily Mail - but they are just different sides of the same coin.

    2. Dalbir — on 9th October, 2010 at 1:48 am  

      Poor Harry. What a miserable life he has to lead…

    3. Kisan — on 9th October, 2010 at 4:33 pm  

      Don’t be silly. Comparing a real person raped with all the graphic details with a kidnapping of a Prince is comparing apples and pears which although you admit is wrong you still go ahead with (a bit of having cake and eating it syndome).

      If poor Harry is upset he can use the courts to try to get it interfered with.

      I do wish Harrys Dad got a bit of harsh treatment though. That Twat makes stupid propaganda statements for all kinds of nonsense pro bono all the time.

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