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Re: Halle Calls Him: "Moyles R Moment"

It is all to easy for people to make unexceptable comments and subsequently deny or change the subject in the hope that it will go away. I for one decided I would not let the racist attitude Chris Moyles displayed simply 'go away' and took time to make a strong complaint sent to both the BBC and broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Below is s copy of my sent email and here are the links below should anyone wich to add wieght by registering a complaint.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/make_complaint.shtml

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/complain/progs/specific/

My complaint:

Halle Berry & Hugh Jackman interview by Chris Moyles 18th May 2006.

I do not listen to this programme but on hearing reports of a comment made by the above mentioned BBC employee I took the time to replay the interview broadcast from the BBC website.

While discussing past film work with Ms Berry Mr Moyles said, "put your hands up in the air", "no, I'm a black American guy", "a big black fat guy", "don't let me have to shoot your ass" and "I can't do American voices".

The BBC's response to this incident was "There was nothing racist. She (Ms Berry) carried on chatting for another 5 to 10 minutes after the comment." only serves to make this incident even more serious.

Ms Berry was simply doing her job by attending an interview for her latest film release. The fact that she reacted at all with "are we having a racist moment here?" further highlights the severity of this matter.

Ms Berry does not have a daily responsibility for being a spokesperson for the entire population of people of colour and her actions and reactions are not representative of their views, she herself being an individual with mixed parental heritage.

The BBC is also saying that it is only Ms Berry's reactions to the comment that is of importance.

These sorts of racist comments by an employee of an organisation such as the BBC are totally unacceptable and, yes, they are racist. It is all too easy to use the get out clause 'I wasn't being racist'. Was the individual who released the BBC response a person of colour?

Chris Moyle's opinions are heard by a wide number of listeners and on this occasion there was an insightful revelation into the obvious ignorance's Mr Moyles contains. What was the significance behind the mention of a skin colour for the 'comedy character' he decided to adopt? It simply reinforced those age-old stereotypes that Black People are somehow synonymous with guns, violence, and crime. I'm sure Mr Moyles would never have considered talking to Mr Jackman as a 'criminal Australian' stereotype, and begs to ask the question what would peoples reactions have been if he had? Still it's not about 'what if's', he went for his perceived easy target for his offensive behaviour and there simply is no room for these sort of 19th Century attitudes and actions in today's society and the BBC and Mr Moyles should stand up and be counted for.

Some people may say it was 'harmless fun', 'carelessness', 'a slip of the tongue' but imagine if Chris Moyles, and other people in public arenas, lost their jobs over such crass remarks - imagine how quickly such derogatory and negative reinforcements of stereotyping would finally be resigned to history at long last leaving the opening for people to celebrate the significant contribution people of colour have made to human evolution throughout the course of history.

Truth of the matter is - a story like the above wouldn't even get 2 lines in a newspaper.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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