** For the complete backstory view A.S.I.G…#679 **
Explaining a person’s behaviour by referring to their racial /ethnic ,origin /heritage reinforces stereotypes ,and not in a good way. Persistent usage of the epithet ” nuts ” in everyday speech has only ever a derogatory meaning ; it characterises a stereotype. No worries ,freedom of speech ,expression whatever.Unless ,of course you are a national broadcasting and multimedia empire especially one given to pompous pronouncements and supposed regard for the strictures of contemporary ” Political Correctness “. Hence my original email – as can be gleaned from the preceding blog post referenced at the top of this one. And herewith the BBC’s pompous ,self-regarding and as predicted by me,claim that they were trying to be ironic .e.g. ” playing devil’s advocate “. It is rather long-winded,as are all their ” responses ” to complaints; 90% of what they say in reply simply recapitulates what you outlined to them in the first place. here they go ( deep breath ) –
Dear Mr Kasatkin
Thanks for contacting us regarding Radio 4’s ‘Today’ on 12 August.
We note your comments concerning discussion of the story about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s treatment of team doctor Eva Carneiro. We understand you were unhappy with James Naughtie’s reference to Mourinho’s “Latin volatility”.
In the discussion it was first mentioned that Mourinho could be seen to “go nuts” at the sight of the Chelsea team doctor entering the field to treat Eden Hazard – listeners who’d seen footage of Mourinho’s reaction would recognise the description.
A guest then referred to that being “quite typical of managers” as far as they were concerned.
James Naughtie did go on to say “We’ve got to talk more about Mourinho here…when you add, you know, a Latin volatility into the mix that’s another complicating factor?”
This prompted the response:
“Yes, well I think also… part of what makes them [managers] who they are is that explosive nature. That’s what makes them good at their job…”
Part of a presenter’s role can be to play devil’s advocate to some extent and to encourage further informative responses from guests. However, we appreciate that you may have felt this was an offensive question which made inappropriate use of an ethnic stereotype.
Thank you for your feedback. Please know complaints are sent to senior management and programme makers every morning and we’ve included your points in our overnight reports. These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC ensuring that complaints are seen quickly by the right people. This helps inform decisions about future discussions.
NB This is sent from an outgoing account only which is not monitored. You cannot reply to this email address but if necessary please contact us via our webform quoting any case number we provided.
” Condescending ” and ” bastards ” just about cover it.