Friday, 16 January 2015
Accommodation or Censorship?
A few days ago the venerable Oxford University Press announced that any references to pigs and pig-related products were banned from its books for fear of offending certain religious communities. Any author who wishes to publish through Oxford must rewrite their stories.
What would E.B. White, the legendary satirist and author of Charlotte's Web (a children's tale with a pig as its main character) have to say about that?
Personally I think this is going too far. Given how much variety there is in the media these days, my mantra is: if you don't like it, don't partake in it. Nobody is forcing you to watch the movie Babe or read the story of The Three Little Pigs or eat sausage in a blanket. Don't force your religious restrictions on the rest of us.
Some say that many publications are asking for it by reprinting the material that ultimately got the Charlie Hebdo journalists killed. Being satirical is one thing, but being deliberately provocative is another matter.
However, as a good friend of mine said: "Obnoxious people don't deserve to die just for being obnoxious, and the offended are not entitled to kill."
I think I'll go and re-watch Boobs in the Woods.
Adeeb badeed tha that's all folks!