Rumours are running rife throughout the UK that the BBC are trying to see how many times they can get away with saying the C-word live on air.
Once renowned for their impeccable Queen’s English, the BBC has, over the last few months, ‘accidently’ let slip a total of five C-words . It seems that the rudest word in our fair language is no longer taboo. The BBC is claiming that the use of the C-word by a succession of presenters is just a series of innocent errors but viewers have started to wonder whether these gaffes are somehow linked.
The first ‘slip-up’ coincidently happened on April Fool’s Day, 2010, when BBC Radio 5 presenter Nicky Campbell boldly introduced the Countryside Alliance as an “organisation, which is of course pro-c***ing… er… hunting”.
At first viewers thought Mr Campbell’s gaffe was just a funny mistake, but then came Monday, December 6th 2010 – a day now referred to as ‘Blue Monday’.
Blue Monday started at 8.00am in the morning when the aptly named James Naughtie took up Nicky Campbell’s baton. The BBC Radio 4 presenter audaciously kicked off the day by mispronouncing Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s surname before dissolving into a fit of giggles.
A little over an hour later Radio 4 broadcaster Andrew Marr made things worse when he told his listeners about the Naughtie gaffe, stating: “We’re not going to repeat it in quite the terms it happened, but Jeremy C***”.
Not to be left out of the BBC joke, the government decided to get in on the act and later that day Government Minister Nick Herbert stated in parliament: “I don’t accept that those are c***s… er… cuts in front-line policing.” This of course was broadcast on BBC Parliament.
The first on air outburst of 2011 happened on screen on Thursday, when News 24 Sports Presenter, Olly Foster commented that it was “Great to see Eric C*** Cantona.”
Now saying it once is a mistake, saying it twice is embarrassing, but this is becoming a habit. Many viewers are wondering whether this is an elaborate inside joke, and the fact that all of the unwitting statements appear to be true hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“Even if what was said is technically true, it doesn’t mean I want to hear it when I’m innocently eating my toast in the morning,” said TV watcher Ennie Station. “I mean it’s happening so often it can’t be a coincidence can it? Are they running a sweepstake or something? Using swear words to try to look cool and trendy is not big or clever. The Beeb has boobed too often; they should all wash their mouths out with soap, the dirty bastards”.
While many irate viewers are calling for a return of their licence fee, there are a few die-hards who still believe all these foul profanities are just innocent slip-ups.
Gino from Portsmouth told the Daily Mail: “Things like this happen all the time. Like at the dinner table last night I meant to say to my wife, ‘Can you pass the salt please dear?’ when I accidently said, ‘You c***, you’ve ruined my life.’ [It’s just a] slip of the tongue!”