Friday, 23 December 2011

The Lure Of Prohibition In A Nutshell

Comedian Tim Minchin has lashed out at ITV after his performance was cut from Jonathan Ross's Christmas special.

Writing on his website, Minchin said he had been asked to compose a song for the show and wrote a "silly, harmless" lyric comparing Jesus to Woody Allen.

He claims the song - which he describes as "not very contentious" - was cut because the broadcaster feared it might generate negative press attention.
I really can't see what the fuss was about, to be honest. Judge for yourself.


Of course, in true prohibitionist tradition, the name Minchin is now far more sellable and recognised than it ever would have been before.

There's a lesson to be learnt there. Not that it ever will be.

Merry Christmas, all.


9 comments:

Pat Nurse MA said...

Merry Christmas DP and all the best for the New Year too. Just make sure you do everything that Nanny tells you not to.

Vive Le Resistance!

Anonymous said...

Good thing he didn't compare the Prophet Mohammed to Woody Allen, really...

mark s. said...

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas
Dick Puddlecote, keep up the blog.

Anonymous said...

Here is a Christmas chorus line dancing song.

Can Ban,
Can you do the Can Ban,
Can you do the Can Ban,
Can you do the Can Can Can Can Ban Ban Ban Ban.

This is to get the bansturbators up and excited for the holidays and lift their otherwise dreary and boring little lives spent in dull, empty, stench filled, smoke-less near-bankrupt cafes and pubs.

In fact it may be the only song they will be singing and dancing ever since they began this tradition of theirs circa July 2007.

Anonymous said...

To tell you the truth i can see why some people could be upset comparing Jesus with the Messiah.

Angry Exile said...

Anon 20:12, he's had a dig at Islam too. Listen to Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins.

As for the one they pulled from Wossy's show, the only thing I think is wrong with it is that it's below his usual standard. He's written better and funnier stuff on this subject, including Ten Foot Cock...

lleweton said...

I've just watched it. I am a Christian. It made me feel a little sick. I think there were grounds for leaving this piece out on grounds of taste alone - leaving aside, entirely, issues of censorship.

SadButMadLad said...

What about Ricky Gervais' picture on the Humanist magazine? Another person pissing off the religous.

Classic I think, and he says what I always say too - "You have the right to be offended. And I have the right to offend you".

Woman on a Raft said...

Yeah, well, if you have to get in to explaining a song it has probably missed its mark anyway. Given that the Good Ship Woss nearly went down two years ago with the loss of all money - sorry, hands - I'm surprised they asked Minchin to write something rather than play very safe and get Pam Ayers to do a comic monologue.

I'd have pulled it too. Whether Minchin has a point is not the issue; that show in that slot is trying to rebuild trust with a mass audience and they are not looking for confrontation at this precise moment.

That comment holds good for the Church, too.

Merry Christmas to the Puddlecote Clan and all who sail in her.