71 thoughts on “Tilda Swinton

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  • Komodo

    @ Mary:
    Regev is Comical Ali without the humour or the charm…hope he comes to a nasty end.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Herbie, thanks. I don’t think the BBC is in tune with UK public sentiment on this issue. I take your point though – in the early 1980s, Jonathan Dimbleby wrote a good book entitled, ‘The Palestinians’.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Nextus, I wish I’d been a fly on the wall that night! Boyle probably thought you were a mad axe-murderer (a common occupation in Edinburgh). Were you wearing a three-piece suit at the time?

  • Uzbek in the UK

    Mr Murray,
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    Although late but I wholeheartedly wish you Happy Birthday. I hope that you manage to get most of the coming year and remember that you are not getting older, you are getting wiser.

  • Nextus

    @Mods: please remove the first of my duplicate posts above: the first attempt got trapped in some filter for ages, so I eventually amended and reposted – and both versions showed up.
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    Maybe it was placed in blogatory for infringing rules on abusive language – I really ought to be more careful when quoting Frankie Boyle’ schoolyard taunts. (His alternative term for “political correctness” is “spastic gay talk”.)
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    But he’s not all bad. His letter criticising the BBC for apologising for his jokes about Israel displays some fine human sentiments:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/7660232/Frankie-Boyle-letter-about-BBC-in-full.html
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    Perhaps he’d do better to restrict himself to political comedy – on some platform other than the Beeb, of course.

  • Clydebuilt

    Quote Nextus:
    “@Clydebuilt. I don’t think the alleged blacklisting of Frankie Boyle has much to do with his political leanings … more that he makes a point of being deliberately offensive. boy, he was in a foul mood.”

    I agree with your comments on his insulting comedy. However it had been like that for years. People have been complaining for years. However action was only taken by the BBC after he had come out against Israeli actions against the Palestinians.
    Stretching things a bit to suggest his contract termination had nothing to do with his political stance.

    Then you have to consider why would a c*nt (possibly a complete c*nt certainly an intelligent one at that) risk his career over an altruistic act towards a down trodden people.

    Maybe Frankie boy isn’t the c*nt some people make him out to be

    btw i’m not Frankie

  • Nextus

    @Clydebuilt. I don’t think it’s stretching things at all. His Tramadol Nights was packed more shocking material than any of his previous TV appearances: he was using racist terms like “ni**er” & “pa*i”, as well as insulting the obese, the ‘retarded’, the physically disabled. Web forums at the time were full of calls for him to be banned from the box; and I don’t recall anyone referring to his politics. Then major advertisers pulled out, putting financial pressure on C4. Yet the C4 bosses didn’t sack him, they actually publicly backed him.
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    Similarly, when Frankie pulled out of Mock the Week he claimed it was because he was fed up with the format and wanted to try something else. There had already been a frenzy of burn-the-witch complaints about certain jibes concerning celebrities, leading to opinion articles in the cultural media about the ethics of banning him from TV. This furore happened well before his anti-Israel barbs on ‘Political Animal’.
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    Furthermore I don’t think he was ever actually banned. The interviews imply he was fed up with all the controversy and was getting bored. I didn’t see him personally complaining about any ban.
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    In a similar vein, I don’t have a clue about Jerry Sadowitz’s politics, but I wouldn’t expect to see him on TV panel shows too often either.

  • mary

    ‘Most of the media celebrities, led by prominent Hollywood Zionist director Steven Spielberg, have engaged in an exercise of selective moral indignation — supporting Israel, while ignoring its starvation blockade of Gaza, supporting the US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq while attacking China for its ‘immoral’ oil contracts with the Sudan. The CPMAJO has focused on the Darfur ‘genocide’ because by doing so it favors the brutal separatists in southern Sudan, armed and advised by Israel, as a means of depriving pro-Palestinian Sudan of a large oil rich region in the south of the country.’
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    Prof James Petras
    The Israeli Agenda and the Scorecard of the Zionist Power Configuration for 2008
    by James Petras / February 25th, 2008
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    http://dissidentvoice.org/2008/02/the-israeli-agenda-and-the-scorecard-of-the-zionist-power-configuration-for-2008/

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