SF wants BBC message board censored…

SINN Fein has urged the BBC to crack down on ‘thick Paddy’-style anti-Irish comments on its message boards. The BBC said it couldn’t find any instance of its rules being broken. Brits, eh? You wouldn’t get that kind of thing on Slugger. *cough*

  • Fraggle

    do we have a link to these offensive message boards?

  • Davros
  • Fraggle

    Thanks Davros.

  • James

    Christ, Paddy dissing Paddy and Man against Man. Over here it was just the reverse until Bush unified us.

    Mick:

    Congratulations, one of that lot mentioned being blogged on Slugger in what seemed to be a tone of awe and respect.

    “Complain About This Post” must be a real bandwidth generator. I’ll bet the webmaster never raised kids.

  • Will

    I thought the provos were opposed to censorship….

    Lets reinstate the broadcasting ban too then! 😉

  • Belfast Gonzo

    A degree of censorship – as we have here at Slugger – isn’t always a negative thing, surely?

  • Will

    Should we censor all references to all unionists as bigots and a lot of the other tripe we see on boards.

    The provos have dished out a lot, verbally and physically but cant take too much it seems.

  • Davros

    Congratulations, one of that lot mentioned being blogged on Slugger in what seemed to be a tone of awe and respect.

    I thought it only fair , credit where credit’s due !

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I think in this age of equality, that unionists should consider complaining about this too. After all, when they visit Great Britain, they are often referred to as ‘Paddies’.

    Is it racist though? – are unionists regarded as part of the Irish ‘race’ (whatever that is) too. Republicans often say that unionists or Prods are ‘Irish’, but does that mean culturally, ethnically, in terms of nationality, or what?

    Personally, I can’t really see any distinguishing differences between Protestants and Catholics, so I’m a bit confused about this. Londoners obvious dont see the difference either, calling the lot of us ‘Paddies’ regardless of background.

  • willowfield

    There is no Irish “race”. The idea of an Irish “race” was dreamed up by MOPEs so that Irish people could shout “racism”.

    In reality, the Irish, like most nationalities, are multiracial, and thank goodness for that.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Maybe not censorship , but guidelines on posting are helpful. If not the ‘thick Paddy’ jibes will be answered in kind and a descent into whataboutery and cat calling is inevitable.

    In that context a crack down as opposed to censorship is common sense. The knee jerking of some people simply because SF are mentioned does show an inferiority complex among some unionists.

  • Davros

    Maybe not censorship , but guidelines on posting are helpful.

    and already provided under each and every reply box Pat 🙂

    quote:

    Remember the Golden Rules:

    * No telephone numbers
    * No web or email addresses
    * Treat others with respect.
    * Do not use inflammatory language

  • Travis

    I’ve had a look at these boards and cannot find anything in the least bit offensive featuring the use of the word ‘Paddy’ bar a discussion of the term on one of the other boards.

    If this is what Sinn Fein is getting worked up about then I’m afraid it should be red faces all round.

  • peteb

    Not to mention the fact that it isn’t just the BBC message boards that SF want subjected to political vetting.

  • Davros

    Two threads I started on the BBC about this have been removed 🙂

  • peteb

    You should contact your local SF councillor, Davros ;o)

  • Davros

    ROFL Pete … Hi Mr Leonard, can you ….

  • Davros

    Thread number 3 has been removed 🙂 The BBC don’t want it known that they had their legs slapped !

  • peteb

    Of course, they may just be removing threads with “defamatory stereotypical remarks”, Davros ;o)

  • Davros

    Like this one Pete ? 🙂

    Auntie

    Auntie doesn’t like me posting about Sinn Féin complaining about this board … tut tut.

    That one went in minutes LOL

  • peteb

    They’re obviously objecting to the use of “Auntie”, Davros :o)

  • Davros

    I’ve a good mint to retaliate by posting about Hutton!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Davros

    Maybe you should write to the BBC for not applying their own guidelines to post removal? It would seem a little unfair not to be able to discuss the matter there as we are doing here.

    Actually, forget that. If Slugger benefits in terms of visitors, stuff the BBC! They are obviously more worried about getting stuck with Section 75 than open debate!

    :o)

  • peteb

    Gonzo

    To make a serious point (I know, sooo unlike me) I think the idea of a political party attempting to force a media outlet to submit to any kind of vetting procedure is actually the issue that should be being debated here.

  • peteb

    ‘mint’ Davros?.. ‘spear-‘ or ‘pepper-‘?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    peteb

    But the fact that the media outlet appears to have caved in doesn’t need debated?

    I’d say both are important issues.

  • peteb

    Both are, Gonzo.. the focus has been mostly on only one of them… so far.

    But as for caving in.. what’s new with the mass media doing that here?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    They don’t always, as that story about Peter Robinson’s expenses proved.

  • peteb

    Well, the expenses story was a bit more widespread, and therefore more diffciult to bury, than a Norn Iron exposé, Gonzo.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    The information was indeed freely available. However, only one newspaper did an article on the specific subject in question, and I wonder if that had anything to do with Robinson’s threat of legal action..?

    Cynical, moi?

  • Young Irelander

    So Sinn Fein are cracking down on ‘thick Paddy-style’ anti-Irish comments?Good job Andrew McCann is in Cyprus!