The fakecharity ‘Tell MAMA”s campaign to find a new lucrative source of outrage seems to have shaken a lot more fakecharities and pressure groups out of the woodwork:
Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) said it had collected its own dossier of 7,308 complaints about the show, which it has passed to Ofcom. The charity’s director, Sarah Mann, described the show as “dehumanising, unbalanced and unfair”.
“It is not an entire community that commits a crime,” she said. “It is an individual. Yet, this show has put the whole of the Traveller community on trial by press.”
Yes, it’s clearly the show that’s doing that, and not the behaviour of the so-called traveller ‘community’…
Another national charity, the Traveller Movement, says it has been pursuing legal action after previously requesting that an interview with its chair, Pauline Anderson, be removed from the programme, claiming she was unaware that crime was its main focus.
So you want to silence your own chairman? That’s not the action of a ‘community’ with something to hide, is it, reader?
Meanwhile, the GRT Police Association (Ed; Just how many of these groups are there..?) has asked for a national review into service provision by the police to GRT communities.
Janette McCormick, the GRT national police lead, said: “There is no evidence that links higher crime levels to Traveller sites, nor do police chiefs have ‘no go’ sites. Stereotyping a whole race on individual cases drives prejudice.”
No ‘no go’ sites, just ‘we can’t be bothered‘ sites, eh?
In response to criticism of the show, Channel 4 said in a statement: “We stand by the journalism in this programme, which examined an important issue that was addressed fairly, accurately, and with due impartiality in accordance with the Ofcom broadcasting code.
“The statistics were drawn from government and police sources and analysis of the association between crime levels and some Traveller sites was undertaken by highly professional people.
“The programme included contributions from Travellers and Traveller advocates as well as people who detailed their experiences of living near certain Traveller sites and who questioned the authorities’ approach to criminality.”
Which is, I suspect, the real reason why the usual suspects are squawking – it lifts a rock and gives those lucky enough not to have travellers anywhere near them a glimpse into what they are thankfully missing.
“Other representative groups were approached but did not respond or declined to take part in the programme.”
They were obviously smarter than Pauline Anderson!