BBC’s New Rules On Comedy Forbid ‘Unduly Derogatory Remarks’

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The BBC just released a new list of rules for shows that it airs, including a couple focused on comedies. They are very British! One rule states that “unduly derogatory remarks aimed at real people (as opposed to fictional characters or historic figures) must not be celebrated for the purposes of entertainment.” Another states that “we may feature a portrayal or stereotype that has been exaggerated for comic effect, but we must be aware that audiences may find casual or purposeless stereotypes to be offensive.” They seem relatively reasonable, but it’ll all depend on how strictly they’re enforced. [via]