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Brass Eye paedophiles

Case study:'Brass Eye' paedophiles, representations and audience response.

1) Having watched the program outline all the possible ways in which it could have offended viewers.
The makers of Brass Eye say they set out to portray the way the media sensationalises issues surrounding paedophilia. Having attempted to examine the program in an objective way I can understand why some people were offended by the content. Audience members who had been directly affected by paedophilia may have had more reason than most to be offended.There was perhaps gratuitous use of graphic images, which were unnecessary as the point of the sketch was already apparent. The scenes that I think may have caused the most controversy are those involving real children in graphic or unpleasant situations. For example when a “paedophile” is imprisoned in stocks while a young boy is paraded in front of him. He says he does not fancy the boy. Later on in the program two girls say they are not worried that a pop star they like, JLB8, is a paedophile. “Like we care,” one says.

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The program also made light of real life paedophile by having a sketch whereby a rocket is fired into space supposedly with paedophile Sidney Cooke on board. It is then announced a mistake has been made, and a young boy has been sent up with him by accident. This section in particular may cause specific offence.

The program also used stereotypical images associated with children such as toys and dolls and children skipping down the street. It then turned them on their head by adding other elements like a paedophile chasing the children down a street.

The program has also been accused of trivialising a very serious issue. The presenter, played by Chris Morris, brings in his own children and locks them in a cabinet to keep them safe. These simple and blatantly ridiculous methods of keeping children safe may have offended parents who are seriously concerned about this issu…

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