It’s enough to make you wonder if the BBC are engaging in license fee funded trolling.
Not content with presiding over the recent Sports Personality of the Year debacle, which saw a grand total of no women being deemed worthy of nomination for the award, the dear old Beeb have now presented us with a list of the twelve most significant women of the 2011, which somehow includes Tian Tian, a giant Panda.
As I said, trolling.
If we’re now nominating female animals for this award, how about nominating fictional characters, too? Kelly from “Misfits” – she’s a great role model for young women (she’s a bloody rocket scientist, after all).
Okay, let’s not go with fictional women – and give the BBC ideas for next year’s list. If we’re going to talk about young British women succeeding on the global stage, why not talk about the likes of Jessie J.? I can personally take or leave her music, but she’s doing big things, writing and producing her own music, and somehow become a fashion icon into the bargain.
The Guardian are predictably pissed off at this apparent face-palm moment on the BBC’s website but there seems to be some question as to who actually signed off on this list – a writer is credited but denies responsibility for the content of the list, stating that he merely wrote up the selections of editors.
It just seems like the kind of avoidable, faintly stupid idea that should have been culled long before it ever saw publication – is everybody at the BBC’s web editorial department hibernating at the moment?