What? Pardon? What MANNER of grotesque foulness is this? How on EARTH have I missed this opportunity for outrage?
‘The BBC has been accused of "trivialising rape" with its new show The Verdict, in which a jury of C-list celebrities decides the outcome of a mock trial.
The End Violence Against Women campaign condemned the BBC2 programme, which began on Sunday night. The fictional rape case involves a 19-year-old waitress who claims she was subjected to a degrading sex attack by a footballer and his friend. All are played by actors.
End Violence Against Women is a coalition whose members include Amnesty International UK, Refuge and Women's Aid.
According to their campaign, 47,000 women in England and Wales are raped each year, with most attacks committed by someone known to the victim. Of the cases reported, more than half do not reach court and only 5.3% result in conviction.
Professor Liz Kelly, campaign chairwoman, said: "The Verdict is guilty of trivialising rape. This is reality television that misses much of the reality of rape.
"With rape rarely dealt with at any length by broadcasters, The Verdict is a missed opportunity to show the facts on rape. The bleak truth about rape is that little support or justice exists for women in this country."’
So, let me get this straight: the BBC – a publicly-funded body – has screened a reality television ‘game’ show, in which a panel of ‘celebrities’ decide whether a fictional woman has been raped or not?
We’re actually giving screen time and precious exposure to such beacons of social morality as convicted criminal and liar Jeffrey Archer, wife-beating ‘dogger’ Stan Collymore, and some chap who, humorously, goes by the title ‘Megaman’ and who, according to the BBC’s own website, has also done time in prison for murder? Oh wonderful.
And we’re asking these people for their opinions on rape crime, for ENTERTAINMENT purposes?
Good to know.
Really FUCKING good to know that - in a country in which a raped woman has (roughly speaking) approximately bollock all chance of getting justice - we're able to watch 'rape as entertainment' over our early evening spaghetti hoops on toast.
I suppose, if you like a bit of morally and ethically reprehensible 'grit' chucked in with your reality shows, it's got the edge over Dancing on Ice on the other side.
It’s not often I say this, but I’m genuinely almost lost for words.
Oh but hang on, it gets worse; this is a case of a young woman being ‘raped’ by a footballer, is it?
That’s wouldn’t be an unfairly loaded scenario right there, would it? We wouldn’t be implying that rape is the fall-back position of stupid young women, desperate to get their claws into rich and famous young men in exchange for cash and tabloid exposure, would we? Not on the BBC, WOULD WE?
It's lucky normal women don't get raped by normal men, I suppose.
According to Ofcom, there has only been six complaints about this show so far. Six. No wonder poor old Jade ‘conveniently dispensible celebrity scapegoat’ Goody is feeling a little hard done by.
The Ofcom complaints page is here:
The BBC complaints page is here: