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The Beeb’s moral bankruptcy

The BBC keeps failing on sex and gender

“We shouldn’t get bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want to be. They can’t”. So said Rishi Sunak, in his keynote speech at the recent Conservative Party Conference.

Taxpayer-funded BBC continues to force-feed its viewers partisan ideology

I was extremely pleased to hear such a strong statement from our Prime Minister. I have been bullied and cancelled for daring to say that men cannot become women and that children should not be left irreversibly damaged after being taught they might have been born in the wrong body. In 2021, I was expelled from a Masters’ degree in Psychotherapy for speaking out. I’m currently suing my former institution, the Metanoia Institute, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, on the grounds of belief discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

Whilst the government and NHS have, thankfully, started to appreciate the threat gender ideology poses to society, the taxpayer-funded BBC continues to force-feed its viewers partisan ideology, in clear breach of its Editorial Guidelines on impartiality.

Back in 2021, broadcaster Stephen Nolan released an investigative series, “Nolan Investigates”, delving into the influence that Stonewall was having on public institutions across the UK. In particular, the programme focussed on the sway that the trans campaign group had on BBC coverage and content, with the corporation having been a paid-up member of Stonewall’s “Diversity Champions Scheme”. Although the BBC have since left the scheme, it is clear that gender ideology remains fully embedded in the corporation’s culture.

Just a few weeks ago, the BBC attempted to justify airing a song that encouraged listeners to “kick” women with gender critical views. At the very same time, they allegedly cancelled hours of shows celebrating the work of singer Roisin Murphy, after she dared to criticise the use of puberty blockers on vulnerable children.

In the new BBC drama Boiling Point, a diner shows curiosity about a waitress wearing a “non-binary” badge. After she respectfully asks what it means and shows some confusion when the waitress responds, “I’m not a man or a woman”, the show cuts to the kitchen where the waitress and a colleague start to mock the diner behind her back, even telling her “fuck you”. This disgraceful, ideologically-driven narrative is meant to shame people who do anything other than unconditionally accept gender ideology.

In a previous article on the violent counter-protests that targeted campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen in Australia, the BBC labelled her “anti-transgender”. Isn’t it telling that they used this term, rather than describing her as “pro-women’s rights” or “pro-child safeguarding”, or just “gender critical”?

The BBC is clearly content to throw factual reporting based on biological reality out of the window. Its own editorial “style guide” tells journalists that “a person born male who lives as a female would typically be described as a transgender woman … we generally use the term and pronoun preferred by the person in question”.

The BBC has shown a willingness to throw safeguarding under the bus

Even though it may cause confusion for audiences, the BBC also instructs its journalists to “not ascribe a gender to someone non-binary”.

Such an embarrassing approach to journalism has culminated, on multiple occasions, in the BBC using the “preferred female pronouns” of male rapists and, on one occasion, even changing a rape victim’s quotes to avoid “misgendering” her rapist.

Although deeply concerning, this is hardly surprising, given that the BBC has previously paid for training from trans group Global Butterflies. It teaches that there are more than 150 genders and has encouraged the BBC to develop a “trans brand”.

Such a brand has clearly been cultivated with impressionable young children in mind. A few months ago, CBeebies, the BBC channel for children under the age of six, ran a programme telling kids that some species of fish can go from “being a boy fish to a girl fish”.

Consider the Pride Month webpage run by CBBC, the BBC channel for children aged between 6 and 12. The page has the highly controversial “progress pride flag” emblazoned on the front, with children promised content from their “favourite LGBTQA+ characters”. Children are even told, “Some non-binary people use pronouns such as they/them or xe/xir … if you are ever confused on what pronouns to use, it’s always best to ask politely.”

The BBC has even shown a willingness to throw safeguarding under the bus, in order to appease the “LGBTQ+” ideological cult.

In the documentary, “We Need to Talk about Cosby”, the BBC platformed “non-binary sex therapist” Sonalee Rashatwar, who stated a desire to “create a sex positive world where someone is able to pay conscious women to come and be drugged for a fetish for having sex with unconscious people”. There was no challenge to this statement whatsoever.

For my sins, I have listened to the entire series of BBC Radio Leicester’s “Time for some LGBTea”. During this series, parents are assured that their daughters will be happy if they take testosterone and have their breasts removed. Others are told that if they don’t allow their child to transition, they will ruin their relationship with them. Listeners are even told, falsely, that it is a hate crime to fail to use someone’s pronouns. This can only be described as a complete and utter abdication of safeguarding responsibility by the BBC.

What message is the BBC sending through all of the above? It is certainly not a message of balance, nuance, truth and impartiality, with particular responsibility towards children. It is a message grounded in partisan ideology, fear mongering and lies.

Lord only knows what other similarly shocking BBC material has flown under the radar. In the interests of women’s rights, child wellbeing and free speech, surely it is time for Ofcom to investigate?

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