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12-19-2012, 08:49 PM #1
BBC told to put more lesbian, gay & bisexual people on kids programming
BBC children's programmes should include more lesbian, gay and bisexual people, a report of the corporation recommends.
A panel of nine experts said youngsters should be introduced to sexual diversity in their early years.
While there has been a gradual increased in the representation of these people, they remain 'still relatively invisible' in the media, they said.
The experts added that the BBC should be 'more creative and bolder in its depiction of such groups of people, taking care to steer clear of stereotypes.'
The report concluded: 'The LGB [lesbian, gay and bisexual] experts feel that the BBC should seek to incorporate the portrayal of LGB people within programming targeted at children, to familiarise audiences through incidental portrayal from an early age.'
Demonstrating positive experiences and outcomes will stop LGB children feeling isolated, it said, particularly in rural areas.
The report commissioned by the broadcaster, which drew on audience surveys and nine 'LGB experts', concluded that all genres of programming should regularly feature non-heterosexual people, with news and drama currently the biggest problem areas.
Of BBC News, the study claimed that too much time was given to 'homophobic' viewpoints.
'As a public service broadcaster and a standard bearer on moral issues, the BBC is asked to reconsider the way in which it is perceived to set up these debates with two extreme perspectives and to be more creative and nuanced in its presentation,' wrote Clare Luke of Solitaire Consulting, who produced the report.
For dramas and soaps, she recommended bolder storylines featuring gay characters, while documentaries were deemed to need more LGB presenters and portrayal of gay people in history.
As for comedy, the report concluded that the 'biggest risk' was LGB people being the focus of a joke.
This was judged as only truly acceptable when the comedians themselves were gay.
Other areas criticised in the report include entertainment and sport, where researchers also believe homosexuals are under-represented on the BBC.
In comedy, it is feared homosexuals could become the focus of cruel jokes. ‘However, if the author or source of the humour is LGB, this is felt to be more authentic or appropriate and so there is more acceptance,’ the report said. In entertainment, gay presenters can act as role models, it said, provided they are there ‘because of their talent as opposed to their sexual orientation’.
12-19-2012, 08:59 PM #2
I think it's a great idea.
Homosexuality isn't the boogeyman that some people make it out to be.
It is NORMAL to be gay and if kids see that, they won't bully others for being gay when they grow up.Science doesn't know everything.....Religion doesn't know anything.
12-19-2012, 09:05 PM #3
I think it sends the wrong message to purposely plant gays, lesbians etc onto kid's programming.
It doesn't matter if someone is straight or gay to me, but it seems like it would just confuse a child, and that shouldn't be the goal.Click banner for tradelist
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12-19-2012, 09:35 PM #4
12-20-2012, 08:29 AM #5
how would the kids know?Jay Shrewsbury
12-20-2012, 12:37 PM #6
12-20-2012, 12:53 PM #7
I have to wonder what the point is. I don't think "it would be confusing for kids" is a valid argument against. Everything is confusing to kids. I just think this isn't an area children's TV needs to cover. And if you're going to cover it, can you not have gay characters without necessarily having gay actors? They are actors after all. Children's TV shouldn't have a sexual preference.Patiently waiting for someone to bring back sax solos and keytars non ironically.
12-20-2012, 12:59 PM #8
No TV has a sexual preference, which is the way if should be.
What Homophobes need to know, is that proper gay people that live and abide by all our laws, and that consistently pay their taxes, and do not commit crimes, are not cruising around grabbing straight drunk men's balls on the sly, or throwing themselves as lesbians at drunk straight women.
They behave with integrity, unlike Catholic Priests, that are flat-out pedos. Homophobic behaviour is purely myopic tunnel vision (double entendre on purpose). People that are born and raised Homophobes need to leave their own county for coffee, that or stop hanging with Hillbillies.
12-20-2012, 01:02 PM #9
12-20-2012, 01:11 PM #10
Sexual education, should contain all the Birds and Bees stuff, and should begin with examples from the Animal World. Kids will quickly enough be jolted and thrown into the sexual melting pot as soon as they start puberty, or slightly before.
We need to inform them that reproduction is different than personal sexual preference, and that I am told is still not being taught in schools on any level.
What gives Straight, Homophobic individuals the right to call their lifestyle a lifestyle base on "Traditional Values"
I know many gay people that live their lives based on real "Traditional Values" but have a different sexual preference.
Vive la difference.