I’m no fan of the brutal, illegal and violent Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, buuuuuuuut, this BSA ruling on such an ugly slur is genuinely jaw dropping in its conclusion…
The Jewish Council has slammed the broadcasting watchdog’s decision not to uphold a complaint over an All Black being labelled a “Jew” on a sports programme.
Instead, the Broadcasting Standards Authority cautioned broadcasters, saying they should avoid language that amounted to casual racism.
Hall went on to say: “The real reason why he’s running a mullet at the moment is that he’s engaged … [he] doesn’t want to pay for his wedding, so he’s actually looking for Women’s Day or Women’s Weekly to try and get behind and pay for his wedding, so red card for being a Jew, Jack, so there you go mate”.
…Ummmm, last time I checked, using ‘Jew’ in this manner was deeply offensive and unacceptable, it certainly isn’t ‘casual racism’. Using ‘Jew’ like this is formal-wearing-a-black-tie-tuxedo racism.
I think the BSA needs to reflect on this ruling because it’s pretty outrageous to say it and even more outrageous to shrug over its use.