Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Popular British TV Show under Attack

We read:

"Insulting references to "poofs", "Pakis" and "spastics" on the hit television show Life on Mars risk fuelling prejudice and bullying in schools, a teachers' leader has given warning.

The Bafta-nominated BBC police drama, set in 1970s Manchester, has won critical acclaim and a huge following for its authentic portrayal of hard-drinking, kipper tie-wearing cops and their unreconstructed views.

But Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), expressed concern that children may not understand that many of the attitudes expressed in the series were no longer considered acceptable.