Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Diversity: the ugly truth – spiked

Posted by M. C. on November 29, 2021

Prejudice against the ugly is the last unchecked prejudice of our time. But who’ll stand up for the face-aches?

Daniel Raven

It’s no secret that Doctor Who has been oddly tactful of late, with the thrills of time and space travel often seemingly taking a back seat to climate-change finger-wagging and lectures about historical racism / sexism. So I was a bit surprised to find myself irrevocably ‘triggered’ by something I saw in episode two of the new series: the Doctor, confronting an enemy whose features are entirely obscured by a battle helmet, yells, ‘Take your hat off, mate!’ – but when the enemy complies, revealing the hideous face of a Sontaran, she sneers, ‘Urgh – on second thoughts, put it back on!’.

Harmless? Perhaps. But only if there isn’t a single child anywhere in this country who looks even a little bit like a Sontaran – and, frankly, we all know that there are plenty. So why does the BBC feel it’s okay to show something that could lead to those kids getting bullied in the playground, when it is clearly so pathologically cautious about anything that could endanger any of the others? The answer, I’m sorry to say, is that ugly people have become the last under-represented minority on British television.

I personally have no problem with the steep upswing in diversity we’ve seen in TV shows and adverts over the past two or three years. It’s pandering and patronising, but it’s also given work to a lot of good people who would always have been unfairly sidelined otherwise. I just want to know why, at a time when there’s bags of diversity on screen, there are still no bags of spanners.

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