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In the never-ending battle for viewing figures and advertising revenue, broadcasting companies are constantly pushing at the boundaries of taste and decency. Last night, one television company over-stepped the mark.
On 26 July 2001, the British television station Channel Four offended a nation by screening the most despicable programme in living memory. An episode of the satirical show Brass Eye entitled "Paedogeddon" went beyond the pale by making light of the serious issue of child abuse.
We at adequacy.org have made it our mission to campaign tirelessly against paedophilia, having notable success with our shocking investigation of institutionalised paedophilia in schools. Outraged by last night's broadcast, we have prepared this open letter to Channel Four to demand an explanation for their unforgivable error of judgment.
Channel Four Television is no stranger to controversy. It has invoked the wrath of many with programmes that promote racial stereotypes and lesbianism and has even funded a film glorifying heroin abuse. However, with last night's episode of Brass Eye, Channel Four sank to new depths.
Brass Eye's crude treatment of the child abuse issue was a cruel and tactless ploy intended to generate cheap publicity and outrage, at the expense of those hurt by pederasts. The cynical decision to show Brass Eye immediately after the wholesome family entertainment of Big Brother so that unsuspecting viewers may be subjected to this piece of televisual excrement is particularly sickening.
Countless aspects of this programme were both exploitative and disturbing:
Clearly, no consideration has been given to the long term implications of this programme. How many innocent young lives will be ruined by this crass piece of television? Claiming that this programme was "satirical" does not excuse the terrible error of judgment. Some topics are simply too serious to be treated in a humourous manner.
I invite Channel Four to respond to this open letter by posting to the discussion forum below. Concerned viewers are also welcome to use our discussion forum to make their own opinions heard.
In the meantime, I urge Channel Four to reconsider their decision to televise another similarly unpalatable programme called "Pedo-Files" that was promoted during Brass Eye's commercial break. Child abuse is a problem that affects millions of people and any future television programmes ought to treat the issue with the gravity it deserves.