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"Wha, wha, wha, What?"

“Wha, wha, wha, What?”

Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Those of you who are aficionados of Fawlty Towers (and if you aren’t, then why the hell not?) will be saddened to learn that the P.C. Police recently came knocking at the Major’s door in the middle of the night and lead him away in cuffs:

It is the episode of Fawlty Towers best  remembered for the line ‘Don’t mention the war’ and John Cleese’s silly walk  when impersonating Hitler.

The references have proved controversial  before, but when The Germans was repeated on BBC2 on Sunday evening it wasn’t  our European neighbours that the corporation was worried about  offending.

Instead, the episode was edited to omit  racist language – only for some viewers to then complain that the BBC was ‘airbrushing history’.

In one scene one of the hotel’s permanent  residents, Major Gowen, uses derogatory terms to describe black people. It was  included in the episode’s first airing in October 1975, but this time around the  major’s words were edited out.

Oh, for Heaven’s’ sake.

The creeping infantilization of post-Western Civilization continues apace.

Fortunately, I’ve got the uncut DVD box set, so I am not at the tender mercies of teevee programming executives.  No doubt my possession of such inflammatory material will be included among the charges when the Ogpu eventually come ’round for me, too, and may play a part in the determination of whether I get sent to the re-education gulag or stood up against a wall.


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