So does whingeing about a trivial joke do anything to engender respect…BBC apologises about an Irish joke aired in a report about the Edinburgh fringe

Posted: 22 August, 2014 in BBC
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reporting scotland THE BBC has apologised for broadcasting a trivial Irish joke on its flagship Scottish news programme.The joke was broadcast on BBC1’s Reporting Scotland news show during a pre-recorded segment about the funniest joke at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It involved a reporter asking members of the public about what they find funny. Among the contributions broadcast:

Two Irish guys look in the mirror. One goes: ‘I know that guy.’ The other one goes: ‘I know you do, it’s me you stupid guy.’

One family told The Irish Post they were gobsmacked to hear the quip:

I thought it was absolutely disgusting to see that your own national broadcaster would allow this to happen. To see comments like that about your own ethnic group on the news is so disheartening.

Responding to the complaint, the BBC apologised for broadcasting the joke. A spokesman said:

During a series of vox-pops a member of the public told a joke which may have offended some viewers.

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