Tabloid media wrath over Brass
Jonathan Swift's satire A Modest Proposal (1729) suggested
that the poor should eat their own children so as not to be
an economic burden to the state. In 2001, we had Brass
Eye, a TV satire of media hysteria over paedophilia worthy
of Swift. It created a storm of media outrage in the UK
condemned as "sick" and "evil" by tabloid
newspapers, and as "unacceptable" by the UK government.
The celebrities tricked into appearing on Brass Eye
were labelled as "gullible" by the media. But "gullible"
seems a huge understatement. Various celebrities (who thought
they were helping a child-protection charity) made the following
statements on the show:
"Paedophiles interfere with
children over the internet by using penis-shaped soundwaves".
"Paedophiles wear trousers
with inflatable crotches to hide their arousal when in the
vicinity of children".
"Paedophiles are using an
area of internet the size of Ireland, and through this they
can control keyboards."
"Online paedophiles can
make your keyboard release toxic vapours that make you suggestible".
have more genes in common with crabs than humans."
According to the celebrities (including pop star Phil Collins),
children can identify paedophiles from the following tell-tale
shows you a model of your town, and all the houses look like
tells you to take your clothes off in case your thumbs get
According to the government and most of the tabloid media,
you are "sick" if you regard any of this as funny.