Monday, April 27, 2009

Irony Watch

The United Kingdom charity Women's Aid, an anti-domestic violence group, released a public service announcement to raise awareness of domestic violence. But Clearcast, which must above advertisements for British television, wouldn't approve the announcement.

The reason (you know what's coming) - it was too violent. Seemingly despite the fact that Clearcast itself seems to understand that one of the places where a certain level of violence is acceptable is in public service announcements.

The fact that Clearcast seems unwilling to grant a waiver in a circumstance that they themselves specifically noted might call for one is beyond strange. It seems unlikely that whoever made the decision did so to prevent people being informed about domestic violence. But once you decide that something is so off-limits that even cautionary tales go too far, how does one advocate for change?

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