Yesterday I called on the BBC to remove an online debate on its website labelled, ‘should homosexuals face execution’. The title was a topic for debate on the BBC News ‘Have Your Say’. Since my news release condemning this – the BBC has changed the headline.
I would be the first person to stand up for open debate and free speech, but any conversation that starts, ‘should homosexuals face execution’ is completely skewed and unacceptable in this forum.
Suggesting that the state-sponsored murder of gay people is OK as a legitimate topic for debate is deeply offensive. The BBC are only fanning the flames of hatred as many of the comments demonstrate. They must act and apologise for their gross insensitivity. What were they thinking?