Seriously. Get a load of this.
Received the following tweet from Chris Spyrou, who I know from Twitter as being even more obsessed by the hacking scandal than I am.
No need to click the link, it leads to the following exchange.
I was curious as to why an episode of The Daily Show that would have been of particular interest to the UK public–covering, as it did, the News of The World scandal–would not be shown in this country. I tweeted @C4insider.
Well. You’ll never guess.
Holy shit! So politicians in the UK…
….so politicians in the UK and Ireland are protected from satirical TV programs by the law? But only if they’re for national consumption? REALLY?
…but IRISH SATIRISTS CAN’T!
Here’s one bit that would have been in the Global Edition.
|“||Daily Show: Accountability in the U.K.- http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-20-2011/accountability-in-the-u-k-?xrs=share_twitter – Not shown in the UK @Glinner|
It’s region-locked, but there are several ways to see it. I use Overplay VPN but there are many free alternatives (the vast majority of which I find impossibly fiddly…and I was never a big Torrenter).
Anyway. I digress. Around the same time that all this was happening, I discovered that Ai Weiwei is on Google+. His ‘about’ page reads “Suspected of being involved in: distributing pornography, tax evasion, inciting subversion, shortchanging someone in a transaction on the black market, keeping a mistress, plagiarism, and reselling cultural artifacts for profit (seven deadly sins).”