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Thread #109916   Message #2301975
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
31-Mar-08 - 09:51 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Did YOU hear the programme Grab?

It was not what he said, but the way he said it which I felt was unacceptable on the BBC.

If he genuinely thinks Kevin (or Frank Harte if it emerges it was him after all - Parris didn't supply a name) sounds like mating cats then he's at best cloth-eared, and should be at least discouraged from making a twit of himself on the wireless.

But what he said came over as a personal insult to the singer, not a critique.

Even so, if he'd left it at that, I'd have left it to Kevin or Frank's chums to speak up on whoever it was's behalf.

But he dismissed an entire culture (his own, as it happens) which many of us are struggling to promote as 'ghastly' - in what seemed almost like a political statement, rather than a cheap joke.

Some rebalancing IS required, I think.