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Paxman: TV is biased against men

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wittyusername Mon 25-Aug-08 21:22:13

Read the story here

LittleBella Mon 25-Aug-08 21:26:40

Christ. Five women have some power in the TV industry, versus the 3000 men. Quick, head for the bunkers.

What a tosser.

dittany Mon 25-Aug-08 21:30:20

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wittyusername Mon 25-Aug-08 21:31:51

I love what Mariella Frostrup said.

I completely agree, LittleBella and dittany

RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 25-Aug-08 21:32:44

Yep, I'm with Mariella too on this one. Paxman jsut sounds petulant.

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Mon 25-Aug-08 21:34:16

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dittany Mon 25-Aug-08 21:37:36

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edam Mon 25-Aug-08 21:38:55

Oh Jeremy, you've let yourself down, you've let your programme down, you've let the BBC down...

Pan Mon 25-Aug-08 21:40:41

Whatever Mariella says is Gospel. Just is.

Now I'll go and actually read it.

EffiePerine Mon 25-Aug-08 21:40:56


'I am immensely successful and so am going to imply I was disadvantaged to make myself look even better'

can't see a shortage of middle-class white men in the media myself

policywonk Mon 25-Aug-08 21:42:03

I was going to post what dittany just posted about his sadness that his generation 'missed out on' the Second World War. I think he's a deeply conventional (if sharp) man and he finds the modern world a little difficult.

Pan Mon 25-Aug-08 21:43:47

yep. Gospel. 'Cept she's stating the bleeding obvious. But she's still The Woman.

Turniphead1 Mon 25-Aug-08 21:48:58

Can I just second that Mariella is the woman! I gave birth to my second at the same time as she had her second and we were the only two people on the postnatal ward. I was dying to go into her room and be her best friend....(luckily decided not to stalk her just after she'd given birth).
The nearest I got was disturbing the poor woman when I was pacing the corridor outside her room when in labour...

LittleBella Mon 25-Aug-08 21:49:47

Oh God he's even more of a tosser than I thought.

That reminds me of Enoch Powell, who used to say that he wished he'd died in the war.

Yes we all wished you did too Enoch love, but what a life-hating, nihilist, crappy, ungrateful attitude to life.

Not a million miles removed from Paxo's idiocy of wishing he'd been able to get bullets fired at him and fire a few back, whilst raping women and children in between bouts of shell fire. Tosser. (Again.)

dittany Mon 25-Aug-08 21:51:51

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Pan Mon 25-Aug-08 21:53:50

Turnip! You mean..she's been unfaithful to me!!shock and sad

Turniphead1 Mon 25-Aug-08 21:57:00

pan she talked about you A LOT

Pan Mon 25-Aug-08 21:57:52


ScummyMummy Mon 25-Aug-08 22:00:19

go mariella.

mayorquimby Tue 26-Aug-08 11:53:50

as a bloke i agree with him to an extent.
it is perfectly ok for the media to label and have a pop at white middleclass men or take the piss out of them and no one complains.
if however the same is done about a minority or women all hell breaks loose.
i accept that this board is largely populated by women so i'm not suprised by this reaction.
however i it had been an article about a woman claiming they were discriminated against i'd imagine that any man simply replying that the person in question is a bitch/petulant or even that "she'd still get it though" would be labelled as mysogynistic.

msdemeanor Tue 26-Aug-08 11:55:51

Oh yes, you hardly ever see a man on the telly or on the credits of a TV show, do you? hmm Idiot.

nickytwotimes Tue 26-Aug-08 11:58:44

Yes, poor man, having to fight so hard to break that glass ceiling that men have always faced...

TheArmadillo Tue 26-Aug-08 12:00:09

what proof have you got for that statement MayorQuimby?

The majority of people in high powered jobs at say the bbc are white middle class men.

Switch on any panel show, the majority of the contestants will be men.

Look at the makeup of most drama/news broadcasts/sports programmes the majority of people on your screen will be white middle class men.

I agree with Mariella on this one.

mayorquimby Tue 26-Aug-08 12:15:31

no and as i said i only accept what he is saying to an extent. i don't agree that the majority of jobs on tv are going to women as all you have to do is turn on your tv to see that's not true.
it is simply that more women are getting jobs than they used to which is only right as it's redressing the balance that was thrown out of whack by decades of sexism.
as i said in my post it is the fact that it is fine to label or take the piss out of white men on tv and that no one sees a problem with this.

even if you look at something like the paedophile thread that was started yesteray in this section from the off it was perfectly ok to profile the main offenders of the crime as white middle class males. and many even dismissed the idea of female offenders as it was not reported in the media.
now fair enough i don't have such a major problem with that, if the stats are true then fine discuss the profile of the criminals. my problem is that it is not the same for everyone else. if it had been a thread on knife/gun crime or drug dealing, would it have been ok to profile the criminals as mainly being minorities?

or over here in ireland the government ven started a "he drives,she dies" campaign to stop girs getting into cars with guys because they were involved in the most crashes. but if the statistics had revealed that lets say the majority of crashes involved foreign drivers mae or female they honestly would have started a campaign warning against getting into the car with foreigners?no because it would rightly have been blasted as beng xenophonbic,however a campaign against men was not sexist?

Anna8888 Tue 26-Aug-08 12:20:11

Paxman just needs to get over himself and accept that white middle-class men are no longer immune from competition from other segments of society.

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