BBC stumped by racism
A TORRENT of racist and abusive postings on the BBC's Test Match Special website has forced the corporation to close its message board.
Strangely the BBC doesn't give any reason for doing so, I was expecting, a stern homily about the institutionalised racism amongst cricket fans, but then I read on The Times who was being racist...
Complaints were received over a number of bulletins headed “Die white f******” and about comments on rape and suicide bombers. A user called “Covfanmartin” accused another of “spouting anti-semetic (sic) and pro-terrorism, hate-filled bile”, while one user noted four posts supporting September 11 and another glorifying Hitler. “Laloo ram” accused one member of “posting filth and rude racist insulting junk”, and “ Indidhoom” said that two contributors “insulted Hinduism and their gods”.
There have been accusations of Pakistanis masquerading as Indians and vice versa. Identities have included “Muslimssuck”, “WannabeIndianMusharaff” and “Pakifromkarachi”. India and Pakistan are at the moment in the middle of a series of one-day matches.
“The highly anticipated series between India and Pakistan set against a sensitive time for international politics has led to hostility between the two sets of fans on the message boards. To stop offence being caused and taking into account the extreme volume of traffic, we feel the best course of action is to suspend the board.”
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said: “If somebody reports it to us and we felt that there were offences within it, we would investigate . . . If people log on anonymously, it’s very difficult to find them.”
Oh good, Sir Ian will step in and investigate all the racism in the Sub-continent now, that should keep him busy till tea time.