Dumb wowsers   25/1/2013

Revealed: the politically correct are so thick they don’t understand satire.

IN THE annals of comedy history, Fawlty Towers is considered one of the greatest television programs ever produced. And from among its episodes, The Germans, in which hotelier Basil Fawlty clashes with visiting German tourists, is one of its most-loved.
And yet in an act which many will see as political correctness gone mad, if not actual cultural vandalism, the venerable BBC has censored a scene in which racist language is used.
In the scene, a hotel regular, the elderly Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley), relates a conversation in which he corrected someone for using a particular racist slur, by suggesting they use another, equally racist, slur.

Alf Garnett would give them the vapours

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2 Comments for 'Dumb wowsers'

    25/1/2013 | 10:54 am

    So it is really just a matter of time before our own bleeding hearts start chopping about the remains of our film industry. Without trying I can think of one: Nevil Shute’s “A Town Like Alice” in which Peter Finch refers to Virginia McKenna as ‘Mrs Boong’. I don’t know if this occurred in the Bryan Brown remake but it is certainly in the novel. Perhaps a bit of book burning might be called for!

    26/1/2013 | 12:22 pm

    @Roscoe: One day in your spare time compare a recent reprint to the original of one of Mary Grant Bruce’s “Billabong” series.

    “Inappropriate terminology” galore has been changed.

    Something to keep in mind if putting together a Mary Grant Bruce collection.

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