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Bryan Preston


May 27, 2014 - 7:14 am

The word is so offensive it gives Auntie Beeb a case of the shivers.

Its last political correctness row was over the use of the N-word.

Now, the BBC is once again under fire. Only this time, the dispute involves a rather less offensive term … girl.

The corporation was accused of censorship after cutting the ‘G-word’ from a documentary on the Commonwealth Games.

During the programme, presenter Mark Beaumont, 31, was flung to the ground by a young judo champion, and joked: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old-girl.’

His remarks were aired in full when the documentary, called The Queen’s Baton Relay, was first broadcast on the BBC News Channel in April.

But fearing viewers might take offence, the corporation decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when it was repeated last week.

The Beeb is the same network that fires any female presenter who lives past the age of 50 — and which let Jimmy Saville get away with horrific crimes against children for decades.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Given that the original broadcast of the story left the word "girl" in, was there some kind of mass outcry over this choice of words then? If not, why was anyone concerned that there would be an outcry from the repeat of the broadcast? After all, if no one complained the first time around, why would they be all riled up the second time?
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Why I deleted my BBC app a long time ago...
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The word "girl" is hardly offensive in itself. Used as part of a quotation, it seems silly to excise it.
Since the age of adulthood in the UK is 18, it seems appropriate that the BBC's style manual might recommend that their own writers use the term "woman" in this context: "The judo coach was surprised when a competitor, a woman of 19, threw him easily."
I notice that a 17-year-old female human is a "girl" if an 18-year-old has "raped" her after they've both had a couple of drinks, but she's a "woman" if she wants a tattoo or an abortion.
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