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London: BBC “Rules, Britannia!” For its traditional end of the summer concert, amid a debate over the celebration of the British Empire song at a time when critics are reevaluating the nation’s colonial past.
The UK publicly funded broadcaster said late Monday that the final night of the prom concert series had “Rules, Britannia!” There will be instrumental versions of And another patriotic mainstay, “Singles of Hope and Glory,” rather than traditional singles.
The BBC’s statement did not directly address the controversy, but the decision reflected “this extraordinary year” and reflected the fact that there would be no live audience due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Critics accused the broadcaster of pushing for political correctness and pressure from social justice campaigners.
Music critic and writer Norman Lebrecht wrote in a blog post after the BBC announced the program for the September 12 concert, “The BBC will play the tune, but not be sung, leading to all kinds of ideas all the time.” “There is no excuse for such cowardice. At least one BBC chief should roll.”
The Sunday Times newspaper reported that the BBC had reported that the BBC was considering ending the song amid concerns about their “perceived relationship with colonialism and slavery”. 35 year old porridge stunning Finn The newspaper, who were trying to modernize the event and reduce “patriotic elements”, said without citing a source for the information.
The BBC on Monday dismissed “inappropriate personal attacks” on Stasievska and said the changes to the program were made by the corporation after consulting all the artists.
“Promos have reinvigorated Last Night in this extraordinary year so that it honors the traditions and spirit of the event, acknowledging very different circumstances at this point in time,” the BBC said.
Prom is an annual series of summer music festivals that was created in 1895 and has been organized by the BBC since 1927. The Last Night traditionally has a winning soulful rendition of patriotic songs like “Rule, Britannia”! It is a flag-waving fixture on the calendar and is seen as an expression of national pride in Britain.
“rule Britannia!” It was first performed in 1740, when Britain was supported by the strength of Navy, Was building an empire that extended from India to South Africa and Jamaica. While the empire is long gone, it is embedded in the lyrics of the song, suggesting that Britain should “heaven“Order” and the raga ends with the chorus:
“Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! Britain will never, never, never, ever be a slave.”
Kehinde Andrews, professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, said the line represents racist propaganda at a time when Britain was the world’s leading slave-trading nation.
“If dropping racist propaganda from taxpayer-funded TV is controversial, then there is no hope for the serious work that needs to be done to address racism,” Andrews tweeted.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he was not convinced that the BBC had taken such a decision.
“I think it’s time we stopped our shameful embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this common battle of self-reinterpretation and wetness, “Johnson said. “I wanted him to get off his chest.”
The promo debate is just the latest salvo in Johnson’s criticism of the BBC since he took office last year. his conservative Party The broadcasting corporation has been criticized for refusing to give free TV licenses to more than 75 people. Senior members of the Johnson government have refused to appear on the BBC’s flagship morning radio program due to complaints about its alleged liberal bias.
But the real issue may be within the BBC, which lacks confidence when dealing with issues related to race, said Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Phillips told Times Radio, “The theoretical reason that there is no belief in it … is that there is no ethnic diversity at the top of its decision-making tree.” “You have rooms full of white men who think that someone is racist.”
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