Taking Liberties ?

2 Oct

The reader interested in Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Religion, and the boundaries of taste/offence/decency is advised to watch (via BBC iplayer, presumably) the final episode of ‘Citizen Khan’ and reflect upon what they make of it from those perspectives. Since it was the last of this series, the writer had expected the authors to ‘pull out the stops’ a bit – and they do. (It would spoil the reader’s appreciation if one says quite what they do)

The writer has two concerns.

Firstly, artistically – is this good writing ? It is in some ways quite clever, but whilst no definitive view is stated (it’s only a comedy !), the reasonable viewer will probably say that they can see where the writer was going, however careful they are (doubtless wisely) to avoid outright – er – preaching.

Secondly, is this going to cause serious offence in – er – the relevant directions ? This writer will be surprised if it does not. It may be that the initial fuss about Episode 1 (of 6) in effect immunised the BBC against further protest (since the programme stayed on air), but the words and incidents that will grab the attention do stand out a little, as though the writer was grabbing the microphone for himself.

(The vagueness is to avoid plot spoilers. Watch Episode 6 in full and this comment will make sense)

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