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Larry the Loafer

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Didn't C4 do a documentary on that premise?


They did, in My Week As a Muslim. A woman who was, shall we say, "narrow minded" was made up to look like a Muslim and have her subjected to the prejudice that existed in every day life. It wasn't full on Curry & Chips-tier but there was a bit of a hoo-hah about them darkening her skin and using some prosthetics to make it look "convincing".

I do think the 30 Rock situation is a bit silly. Not only have we got the discrimination episode, but 30 Rock is a show filled with characters who'll do anything they can to "look good" and have it backfire. IIRC there was an episode where Jenna tried to downplay a misunderstanding about her being anti-American by having a patriotic musical number in TGS, only for the fireworks at the end of it to accidentally display a swastika.

It's "intent" that Tina Fey has cited as the issue. She's been quoted as saying that intent isn't a free pass for her to use imagery that can be deemed offensive. But then that begs the question why the episode with the swastikas aren't being removed. Or an episode featuring the potential stereotyping of an Asian caretaker being called "Konani" in reference to Conan O'Brien's involvement in the Tonight Show debacle.

I hope this isn't coming across as a "PC gone mad" post as I try to be as constructive as I can when discussing this kind of thing. But it harks back to the debate over Bo Selecta. If one apparent "target" is wrong, then surely they're all wrong. We can't say it's wrong to make a joke at the expense of a black person, then not bat an eyelid about jokes targeting Jews, Asians, fat people, disabled people, trans people etc. And that's assuming all context is removed from the content in the first place.
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Lest we forget that first ever programme on The Disney Channel was the "UK television premiere" of The Jungle Book, 28 years after its cinematic release.

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