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"Fair and Unbiased"

So, Top Gear's man of mystery, the Stig, has unmasked himself in order to sell his book. The BBC is objecting to the publication of the book on the grounds that it breaches contractual and confidentiality agreements.

HarperCollins, the would-be publishers of the book, have issued a press release in which they say that they "are disappointed that the BBC has chosen to spend licence fee payers' money to suppress this book".

Remind me again who owns HarperCollins, and why they might want to make political capital at the BBC's expense in the run-up to the renegotiation of the BBC charter, and possible abolition of the license fee.

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Hm, I've not seen the other episode people said was offensive, but I did see that US one - what exactly offended you about it?

It took the piss out of sub-masondixie bigots, and I guess that's a well worn stereotype, but having been to Georgia I can assure you that it's based on reality.

For some reason I'm reminded of the "Honk While I Reload" bumper sticker than nmg and I saw while driving through Florida - stay classy America :)

It would have been less intimidating if it wasn't for the quantity of truck-mounted gun racks.

Several years later, while in Santa Cruz (according to Ted Nelson, the most bohemian town in the US), I saw a license plate surround that simply read "YOGHURT KILLS".

That's some cultural divide.

Indeed, 'tis a bigish place.

Some American cities are among my favourite places in the world (NYC, Boston, SF), and some my least favourite (LA, Las Vegas, most of Florida).

I've been to Georgia, both Carolinas, Florida and a fair few other states between the east coast and the mid west and it's the usual mix of bigot and non ;-) the whole notion that provoking homophobia was something to do for entertainment offended me; that you paint a car pink and write fag on it and (I believe it was staged) get people to throw stones and attack it. they're not doing it for consciousness raising, they're doing it for ratings.

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