Monday, December 1, 2008

This just in: British people can hear penis.

Remember the whole Janet-Jackson's-bewb-made-my-kids-gay debacle from the Superbowl a few years back? And remember how everyone was like, "OMG, only AMERICA would be that uptight about a naked body part?"

Today, the BBC issued an apology to any listeners who might have been offended when John Barrowman, star of "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood," exposed himself during an interview on the radio.

On the radio.

On the radio.

On the radio



As a fervent, long-time proponent of public nudity for the sake of funny, I am torn on the issue. On one hand, this man:

should never have to apologize for exposing himself. In fact, I would wholeheartedly support any legal resolution that might be passed that would say something to the effect of him having to be starkers at all times.

On the other hand, the apology is far, far funnier than someone claiming to pull out their peen on the radio. In fact, the apology is the funny in this case. If someone said to you, "Oh my god, this guy just claimed to have pulled his dick out on the radio," you're not going to say, "Oh, that is hilarious! I must phone my friends immediately and tell them about this, it's that funny." But if someone said, "People in Great Britain were seriously offended by the very mention of a penis that they could not see, the BBC actually issued an apology for it and it's this huge scandal," you'd make a blog post about it.

On the other hand (in this scenario, I have three hands), it's actually pretty sad that someone would be offended enough to call for an apology. Seriously, is radio somehow different in England, like how in America we say "Chips" and they say "Crisps" and we could accidentally order French Fries? Is radio really "tv" or "in person," and I'm just not getting it because of the language barrier that somehow, incomprehensibly, exists between our two English speaking countries? Are the British afflicted with some horrible disease that makes them see out of their ears and also makes them allergic to genitalia? It's not like this guy whipped his wang out during an elementary school spelling bee. The DJs brought it up, and he answered by... well, example.

If you want to read about it, Sky news has an article at their website. The title, TV Star Exposes Himself On Live Radio Show basically sums up the absurdity in a nutshell. No pun, or horrible offense, intended.

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