Minchin expunged from Xmas show

I HAVE been deluged by emails over the last day or so by readers enraged over ITV’s cowardly decision to cut Aussie comedian Tim Minchin out of the Jonathan Ross Show.

ITV network’s director of television Peter Fincham apparently got cold feet over a song Minchin penned for the show in which he compared Jesus to the actor and director and well-known atheist Woody Allen.

Tim Minchin (click on pic to hear the song that ITV were too afraid to broadcast).

The decision, according to this report, has evoked “a spirited reaction” from the comic, who claimed ITV bosses are pandering to Christians who are:

Afraid of anything that challenges their beliefs … I have to admit I’m really fucking disappointed. It’s 2011– the appropriate reaction to people who think Jesus is a supernatural being is mild embarrassment, sighing tolerance and patient education.

Minchin said of Fincham’s action:

He did this because he’s scared of the ranty, shit-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way.

The comedian, who now lives in London, has uploaded a recording of the song as performed on Ross’s show from his personal YouTube account, which has garnered widespread support from users.

A spokesperson for ITV denied the song was cut to appease believers, instead claiming Minchin’s performance:

Wasn’t right for the show. We quite often cut shows in the edit, as we shoot more than goes out, and we felt Tim’s appearance didn’t quite feel right for show. But we do think Tim’s talented and would love him to work with him on ITV shows again in the future.

Ricky Gervais, who recently appeared on the cover of The New Humanist

Another atheist comedian embroiled in a pre-Christmas row is Ricky Gervais, who has provoked the rage of fundamentalist Christians after getting into a row about God on Twitter.

And much more justified rage is now being directed at an idiotic Roman Catholic Cardinal, Francis George of Chicago, who drew an outrageous comparison between gays and the Ku Klux Klan.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Gervais report) and thanks to all those, too numerous to mention, for the Minchin report.

12 responses to “Minchin expunged from Xmas show”

  1. Jim Dawson says:

    Comparing gays to the KKK?! Why do the religious come out with the such outlandish comparisons? I imagine that some are lying but I can’t help thinking that a lot of their brains are that muddled that it actually makes sense to them. Crazy!

  2. sailor1031 says:

    The ITV executive who decided to pull Tim Minchin’s appearance was Peter Fincham. The same Peter Fincham who was controller of BBC1 until the “tiaragate” nonsense. I guess he’s just gunshy nowadays. Pity though, it’s a harmless song and might even make somebody think a bit

  3. Buffy says:

    Amazing how Christians spend so much time offending (and crying persecution whenever anybody protests) then bullying into silence anybody they deem offensive.

  4. Broga says:

    There is a positive aspect to this. Atheists are increasingly confronting these whining christians with their demands for privileges and protection. I recommend the Christmas double issue New Statesman which is guest edited by Richard Dawkins. His two page opening letter to the Prime Minister, couched in the usual temperate Dawkins’ style (I’m serious; its whiny christians who demonise him) is a pleasure to read.

  5. Ivan says:

    You can complain to ITV here:

    btw. seasons greetings to all!

  6. remigius says:

    So Cardinal George draws a comparison between the KKK and the gays.

    No doubt some dickhead will make a comment about well hung black guys!

  7. tony e says:

    I agree with Cardinal George, I’ve finally found proof that all you gays out there are BAD people.

    Joking apart, I wish all those on this site a merry winter solstice.

  8. Stonyground says:

    I don’t think that the lyrics of the song make any statements that are not either true, or believed by some Christians to be true. The only factual error I could spot was taking a well known phrase from a Spiderman movie and attributing to Superman. I am pretty sure that was deliberate and needed to make the song scan.

    Of course, ITV dropping the song so that TM posts it on the web, brings it to everyone’s attention and means that the easily offended only see it if they actively seek it out.

  9. Cesar says:

    On December 25 we should remember the birth of a man that changed how mankind view the world and what they know about the world, his contribution will always be felt through the world and thorough history. Is a man that we must always think when we look the world around us, this man’s name is Sir Isaac Newton.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Well said, Cesar. He had an incredible mind, and triumphed despite many difficulties and setbacks in his life.

  11. Marky Mark says:

    Maybe we need to remind Cardinal George of all the pedophiles in his Church across the world, using god as a reason to abuse children.