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BBC’s New 5-Minute Gay Delay


The BBC’s (self-imposed?) punishment for Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles’ not-so-flattering portrayal of gay pop singer Will Young? A five-minute “gay delay.”

Ofcom (England’s version of the FCC) said listeners to the January broadcast could have thought it condoned “negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation,” the BBC reported.

Eight people complained after Moyles used a high-pitched, effeminate voice to parody the star, who is openly gay. Ofcom said both the tone and content of what Moyles said had the “potential to cause considerable offence”. Ofcom said it had taken into account the fact that Moyles’s show is known for its irreverent style and studio banter. On this occasion, however, it ruled that the material had gone beyond what was acceptable and had not been justified by its context.

To make sure it doesn’t happen again, the BBC will institute a five minute delay between what happens live and when it hits TV or radio. Indeed, they’ll even have a “gay czar” to monitor whether a joke is homophobic or just funny. BECAUSE THAT’S NOT ASKING FOR TROUBLE.

Also asking for trouble: The BBC actually calling this “the gay delay.”

Says a spokesperson: “We are very pleased with the new gay delay system and are confident it will help avoid any offence to the LGBT community while allowing our presenters the freedom to entertain at the same time. The system will be trialled first on programmes such as The Chris Moyles Show and anything with Jeremy Clarkson in it.”

UPDATE: Yup, we got hosed. April Fool’s!

On:           Apr 2, 2009
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    • tavdy79

      This is serious? I saw this yesterday and thought it was an April Fool!!!

      General consensus amongst my mates: kick Moyles to the curb. The guys stopped being funny a very long time ago.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KS

      Looks like Queerty and Ann Coulter have something in common: they both fall for stupid April Fools jokes.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rogue dandelion

      @KS: LOL ahhaha
      me too, i believed the story on after elton about the new star trek’s kirk being bisexual

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • akn

      Aw man, Clarkson is going to have a field day with this one. Especially funny considering his own Top Gear interview with Will Young was more than amiable.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • akn

      I’m guessing about .002% of Queerty’s audience has any idea what I’m talking about. Wahay!

      Apr 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Anger

      Is that a picture of David Unger? The larger guy on the left that is

      Apr 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kalanw

      @akn: I saw that Top Gear with Will Young. He got the best time on a wet track. Pretty good for a poofter.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erick

      @rogue dandelion:

      Fantastic April Fools joke. Very well done. People went down like flies.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • akn

      @kalanw: Indeed. I love the word poofter!

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark

      Looks like Pink News in London has fooled Queerty! The original was posted by Pink News on April 1

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fixator

      Joke or not I find this article offensive

      Apr 3, 2009 at 1:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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