Monday, 24 January 2011

BBC in Fairy Controversy

Following an earlier controversy with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain’s comments on astrology during “Stargazing Live”, the BBC now finds itself in even more serious hot water with the more significant dispute recently raised on “Springwatch Live”.

Chris Packham and Kate Humble have unleashed the wrath of Britain's fairy believers with their comments about the validity of woodland fairies on BBC2's "Springwatch Live" show, with the result that the Fairy & Folklore Society of Great Britain have started a petition they plan to send to the BBC.

The section of the program that caused the fuss has been described in truly harrowing terms by 'respected fairy believer' Dame Agnes Conan Doyle, in an e-mail that was published by the Woodland Fairy Blog.

"If you didn't happen to see it, there were two presenters, Chris Packham and Kate Humble. All was going well until they got to a part where they were observing a foraging badger and Chris was explaining that badgers feed on earthworms, frogs, rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, seeds and berries but not woodland fairies on account of the fact that fairies are just made up. He then went on to add "Let's get this straight once and for all, there are no fairies at the bottom of the garden" The other presenter, Kate Humble, then agreed and said "in the interests of balance on the BBC, yes fairies don’t exist."

Shocking stuff, I think you'll agree.

The Fairy & Folklore Society will be requesting that the BBC make a public apology and a statement that they do not support the personal views of Chris Packham and Kate Humble on the subject of fairies. We also request that the BBC will commit to making a fair and balanced representation of fairies, hobgoblins, leprechauns, astrology, and the Easter Bunny when aired in the future.
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