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.
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.
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.