Language: where would we be without it? In less trouble if you work at the BBC, it seems.
A BBC presenter filming a documentary about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games discovered that his use of the word ‘girl’ ended up on the cutting floor when a repeat of the programme was broadcast.
The Commonwealth Games are taking place in Glasgow. Have the BBC never heard of The Glasgow Girls, a group of female artists and designers active at the start of the 20th century?
The name ‘The Glasgow Girls’ has more recently been used by the Scottish Refugee Council in relation to a campaign to halt the detention of children for immigration purposes; you can read more here: http://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/news_and_events/get_involved_in_arts_events/glasgow_girls
‘We are all Glasgow Girls’ says the Scottish Refugee Council, in their efforts to stop destitution. Perhaps the BBC should stop wasting time and focus on the real equality issues that matter. Be a Glasgow Girl, BBC!
So inflammatory was the remark that though it was broadcast in full when the programme was broadcast in April, it was removed for the repeat, presumably lest, as the broadcaster Mariella Frostrup observed, the word might come across as ‘dismissive’. I think we can assume that Mariella speaks for received opinion on these matters when she says ‘the BBC has to consider the sensitivities of everyone who might be watching’. I think Mr B will think twice before he uses the G-word again, don’t you?