Queen Vic Raid Sparks Controversy!

 
Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.
 
Let’s be honest, there are times when our favourite – what’s the National Television Awards word? – continuing dramas, that’s it. Continuing dramas. Anyway, there are times when they get away with, frankly, shocking content before the watershed. That’s why I didn’t bat an eyelid at the fact that the BBC has been forced to issue an apology following a number of complaints over an episode of EastEnders. It was the one featuring Hazell’s gang (there’s a blast from the past of a reference) going nuts over Jase Dyer. The harrowing scenes prompted viewers to complain about the levels of violence depicted.
 
On a slightly different note, this Hillsborough reference, as spoken by Minty, upset some viewers too. He said: "Five years out of Europe because of Heysel, because they penned you lot in to stop you fighting on the pitch, and then what did we end up with – Hillsborough."  The line prompted a huge protest from members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, as well as Liverpool FC fans. Members of the group claim that the reference was irrelevant, while the dialogue was said to be "ignorant, ill informed and without justification," in a comment posted on the Liverpool FC website.  In a statement, the BBC said: "In Tuesday night’s EastEnders, Minty was actually reminding Jase that football hooliganism at Heysel led directly to the fencing-in of fans at football matches. "He points out this had tragic consequences – for the innocent spectators at Hillsborough. The BBC apologises if this remark was misinterpreted or caused any offence."
 
Ee chuck, it’s a long way from Ena Sharples’ milk stouts in the Rovers, isn’t it? Back then, the most violent thing that happened in soaps was a cow kicking Joe Sugden on Emmerdale Farm and Stan Ogden and Eddie Yeats desperately tapping the HP Sauce onto their fry ups in Coronation Street. To be honest, some of the stuff on these soaps nowadays is excessive for the time of night that they’re on – the drive for ratings is no justification. It’s time the writers discovered how to write decent storylines without relying on so much sensationalism. And no more problem births on EastEnders please – I’ve had them up to here…
 
Gus Watch
 
Ladies and gentlemen, shocking news! Gus will be seen with his EastEnders mates. The fact that it’s for Children In Need rather than the actual show he’s supposed to be sweeping the streets in doesn’t matter. We can clock some minutes for our Walford wannabe. Tune in to Children In Need from 7pm tonight and at some point, Gus will be seen in – the BBC press release says – a musical extravaganza! One thing’s for sure – it’s gonna be cringy.
Need a clue?

© BBC
 
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Ms Bubbles
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7 Responses to Queen Vic Raid Sparks Controversy!

  1. rose says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!! eight lines apologising for the remark made by Minty in this particular episode and yet only one partial sentence referring to the violence in the programme. While I sypathise with the fee;ings of those who lost loved one ones and friends in the tragedy of Hillsborough surely in this day and age of constant violence amongst even our youngest children surely programmes like these should be setting a better example and showing no violence….. remember zero tolerance. There is far too much violence in tv programmes at least let us have some programmes without it. It is time the writers started using their imaginations instead of copy catting the worst and seediest side of street life, we all know it exists and some of have been unfortunate enough to have lived in the midst of it so please, please think about what you are showing in these programmes and ask yourselves are these scenes really neccesary and especially in programmes shown before the watershed.

  2. Unknown says:

    What is it with these people it is just as described a Story line! Nobody got hurt just entertained. But Street violence and Gang culture does exist it would seem to be an accepted part of youth life these Days. This was the case back then with Football Hooliganism the Violence on the terraces spilling out into the nearby Streets and Towns until people worried that it was happening everywhere nothing to do with Football just mindless violence until the tragedy of Hillsborough when most people took a sharp breath, thought a while, and decided this should never happen again, and that the violence of football gangs also should never be allowed to happen again! More importantly that nobody should forget what happened. If this has made us think again, or get us to talk about it and our disapproval of it. More than that if it makes just a few of our youth of today think "hey maybe this ain\’t Cool" then I say well done EASTENDERS for saying it and well done BBC for showing it you have nothing to Apologise for. That should be left for the Violent thuggish few that we seem to have to tolerate these Days in and around our Communities. Martin J.

  3. Brian says:

    There was NO need to show that amount of violence in that episode and so early in the evening. In fact there is by far, TOO much violence on the screens today and compared to the very little good comedy anymore. In todays world, the Yob culture are getting their ideas from the programmes and think they are all so brave and hard, yet constantly hiding their faces, then complain about their \’human rights\’ if and when they do get caught.

  4. Kitty says:

    I love this blog! Gus Watch is too funny. I don\’t know where I stand on this one – isn\’t there more violence on the news? Anyway, they need to be careful because of the kiids watching.

  5. R J says:

    Eastenders\’ plots seem to be aimed at yobbo culture, the weak general marketing plan is obviously to shock viewers. How many absurd dull plots have we had in the last year? There is no intelligent continuity with Dot being the only interesting character left worth watching.

  6. Kendra says:

    There should of been a warning before the show commenced not only about the violence but also about Honey\’s labour as for people out there who have suffered a difficult birth or even a stillborn it was disturbing for them to watch as no warning was given in the TV guides either.  A helpline number is usually given after the show as well which didnt happen this time with Eastenders.  Not a lot of consideration seems to of taken place with the script this time.

  7. Tej says:

    There was NO need to show that amount of violence in that episode and so early in the evening. In fact there is by far, TOO much violence on the screens today and compared to the very little good comedy anymore. In todays world, the Yob culture are getting their ideas from the programmes and think they are all so brave and hard, yet constantly hiding their faces, then complain about their \’human rights\’ if and when they do get caught.

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