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  • I wonder what the homophobes will say?

    by Sunny
    22nd January, 2010 at 7:33 pm    

    File this under: WTF?!!?!?

    The BBC today launched a major research project into what its audiences – including those with homophobic views – think about its portrayal of gay, lesbian and bisexual people on TV and radio.

    Licence-fee payers will be asked what they think of on-screen talent, humour, language, tone and stereotyping relating to the portrayal of gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

    The three-part project will begin with a qualitative research study (in-depth interviews), which will help determine the questions for a follow-up quantitative survey (a larger number of multiple-choice interviews) in a few months. Finally, the BBC also wants members of the public to contribute via a public consultation website.

    The qualitative study will cover 28 different audience sectors, including gay, lesbian and bisexual people, but also ethnic and religious groups, with some respondents expected to express homophobic views.

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    1. Fabienne

      RT @pickledpolitics: Blog post:: I wonder what the homophones will say? <Did you mean homophones or homerfones?

    2. pickles

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    3. pickles

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    1. sarah — on 23rd January, 2010 at 12:59 am  

      I don’t see what’s so WTF about this Sunny. It will hopefully help the BBC to understand what these minority groups want and be better able to give it to them. The BBC is running a public service, so it should try hard to represent all groups and people as positively as possible.

    2. Jay Singh — on 23rd January, 2010 at 12:46 pm  

      Sarah - taking your comments on board, does that mean that you would want racists or right-wing extremists to have the opportunity to discuss what they think of the level of racial or religious diversity on the BBC and for their opinions to be reflected on screen?

      You have to bear in mind that, whilst the BBC is a publicly owned organisation, it doesn’t mean that it needs to represent the exact views of the entire nation in much the same way that Parliament is not expected to reflect the general election vote in a proportional manner.

      Proportionality, diversity and understanding need to go hand-in-hand with representation on a national scale.

    3. KJB — on 23rd January, 2010 at 1:26 pm  

      ‘BURN THEM!’

      Or something about sodomy/fornication/going to hell. Quotes from religious texts for bonus points. Expect lots of ‘I don’t care what they do behind closed doors, but when they do it anywhere near me, I have THE FEELINGS again - wait! I mean, when they do it near me, I want to ban and/or burn them’ and ‘I’m not a homophobe, but…’

      Finally, the BBC also wants members of the public to contribute via a public consultation website.

      This can only end badly. See Speak You’re Branes for examples.

    4. Stephen Whitehead — on 23rd January, 2010 at 3:41 pm  

      Hang on. The story doesn’t say that they’re recruiting homophobes (though the first para does it’s best to imply it). It says that they are recruiting a representative cross-section of the UK and, since they aren’t excluding people on the basis of their views, their sample is likely to include some homophobes.

      Would you want them to specifically filter respondents to exclude homophobes? It might make you feel better, but it’ll give an incomplete picture of what the British public thinks.

    5. sarah — on 23rd January, 2010 at 4:28 pm  

      @ Jay Singh- Of course not. I did say represent as positively as possible! You make good points.

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