Keeping it chopped out

December 25, 2008 at 10:39 pm (anti-fascism, anti-semitism, insanity, Iran, Max Dunbar, religion)

At about three o’clock today I was enjoying my mum’s amazing turkey dinner, washed down with a bottle of red wine.

So I’m afraid I missed Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message, given this year by… the theocratic dictator President Ahmadinejad.

Apparently Iran’s fanatical tyrant said that ‘the world is in its current predicament because’ – surprise sur-fucking-prise – ‘people have lost spiritual faith.’

I suspect that this astonishingly tasteless decision occurred at about 3am and was chemically induced.

As Peter Tatchell said:

Channel Four is aiding and abetting a tyrant. President Ahmadinejad is a torturer and a murderer. His regime executes children, journalists, Sunni Muslims, gay people, political activists and ethnic minorities. This is the equivalent of giving Robert Mugabe a prime-time television slot to promote his propaganda. It is an insult to more than 100,000 Iranian dissidents who have been slaughtered since the Islamic fundamentalists seized power in 1979.

I know, free speech and all, but do we really want to extend this fucker’s propaganda range?

There’s also a real kind of attention-seeking, Nathan Barley quality about the whole thing.

As Tim Allon says in the Harry’s Place comments: ‘This is the kind of stuff you do to piss off your parents. You’re meant to grow out of it by the time you run a TV channel.’

I wonder what Iranian blogger Azarmehr thinks of this. Not much, as it turns out.

I am so pissed off, I am so livid at the incompetency and lunacy of this Western media, I want to get hold of one of these snobby condescending fartbag journalists, editors and media bosses and pulp them to the wall. Channel 4 has invited President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not for a debate, not for an interview, but to give an ‘alternative’ Christmas message!

Who will they invite next? Kim-il-Jong? Mugabe? This is rubbing salt on the wounds of all those jailed journalists in Iran, this is an insult to the family of murdered photo-journalist, Zahra Kazemi, this is giving platform to a regime which is persecuting Christian converts in Iran, to a regime which is persecuting religious minorities.

Yeah.

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‘Right, we should put this bigoted fundamentalist dictator on the telly… have him doing like an alternative Queen’s Speech, yeah… well mentalist…’

Update: Courtesy of Bad News Wade in the Shiraz comments here are some video responses.

Further update: Jim D has noticed this leader comment in the Independent:

For once, Channel 4’s ‘alternative’ message – given this year by the president of Iran – was more on message than off. If Mahmoud Ahmedinejad can’t find much worse to say about the state of the Western world than our own church leaders, perhaps there is hope for global understanding after all.

Jesus motherfucking Christ.

9 Comments

  1. badnewswade said,

    Yeah, but look on the bright side… he’s gonna get crucified on YouTube. There’s already a Downfall mashup; show him contempt, show them what free speech really means. I’ll be happy to post my own response to pretty much any youtube group that shares the aim of thoroughly embarrasing and trolling both Achmedinnerjacket and Channel Four for this tasteless and wanky (yet amusing and educational- he admits to being a complete fruitcake in the broadcast) little stunt.

  2. badnewswade said,

    Oh, sorry, my own response was:

    Anyone else up for it? Extra points for style and humour, don’t just flip the guy off but humiliate the fucker as well. We could post ‘em to his own blog!

  3. Iranian blogger Azarmehr on C4 « Engage - the anti-racist campaign against antisemitism said,

    [...] Shiraz Socialist Posted in British media, [...]

  4. maxdunbar said,

    Actually Wade that’s a good point, it creates loads of opportunity for ridicule.

  5. Jim Denham said,

    According to the ‘Independent’, it was OK: “If Mohmoud Ahmedinejad ca’nt find much worse to say about the state of the Western world than our own church leaders, perhaps there is hope for golbal understanding after all.”

    Fucking bloody hell! Where do you start? This is liberalism today? A leading liberal newspaper saying that a holocaust denier and anti-semite is OK? Admittedly, becuae his attack on “Western” (ie advanced capitalist) values has been not that different from the pronouncements of of the leasers of both the CofE and the Church of Rome. Oh well: they’ve all got their anti-semitism to keep them warm.

  6. Keeping it chopped out « Max Dunbar said,

    [...] Courtesy of Bad News Wade in the Shiraz comments here are some video responses. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)‘Smug and placid [...]

  7. maxdunbar said,

    Jim do you have a link for this piece? Might update the post if it is particularly stupid.

  8. Jim Denham said,

  9. tcd said,

    “For once, Channel 4’s ‘alternative’ message – given this year by the president of Iran – was more on message than off. If Mahmoud Ahmedinejad can’t find much worse to say about the state of the Western world than our own church leaders, perhaps there is hope for global understanding after all.”

    A hypothesis comrades: Seeing as Ahmadinejad’s speech was so lacking in materialist criticism of capitalism, perhaps it gives the Independent some “hope” for “global understanding” between Ahmadinejad’s brand of Iranian capitalism, and the sectors of British capital which The Independent speaks for, i.e. more European looking and less US-looking, slightly more oriented to production rather than finance, and with devaluationist tendencies?

    This as opposed to the more classically neo-conservative, US-looking sector which is represented say by The Times?

    In any case with all respect I warn against siding with the “moral” line of the hardliners, against the “realistic” line of the moderates. Many commenters on this blog make the mistake of confusing the hardliners with liberal democratic “idealists”, when in fact they just speak for different economic interests, and in another case, like with the House of Saud or the Egyptian government, will be the strongest defenders of the “friends” (using the excuse of the “barbarians at the gate”).

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