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Fake News: BBC Did NOT Ban Racist Song White Christmas

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 08 Dec 2018 09:48:41 Z)

Did the BBC ban the song "White Christmas" because it is racist? No, that's not true: the story came from a satire website and was mocking recent incidents where the song "Baby It's Cold Outside" was banned by several radio stations.

The story originated from an article published on December 8, 2018 titled "BBC bans racist song White Christmas - The Rochdale Herald" (archived here) which opened:

The BBC working on advice from Institute for Cultural Correctness has announced that the song, White Christmas is to be banned.

Spokeswoman for the perpetually offender, Rita Right-on told us, "When you analyse the lyrics you realise that it's reinforcing white privilege. Bing Crosby is an example of a rich white man singing about dreaming of a white Christian Christmas. It denigrates the memory of the original nativity as nobody white would have been there. It's airbrushed the contribution of other races right out of the story. This isn't about censorship, it's about reclaiming the Christmas story for everyone."

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BBC bans racist song White Christmas - The Rochdale Herald

The BBC working on advice from Institute for Cultural Correctness has announced that the song, White Christmas is to be banned. Spokeswoman for the perpetually offender, Rita Right-on told us, "When you analyse the lyrics you realise that it's reinforcing white privilege. Bing Crosby is an example of a rich white man -

There is of course no "Institute for Cultural Correctness" or a "Rita Right-on" and the whole story was satirical in nature. It also takes the opportunity to promote Satire Aid, an initiative by several U.K. satire websites to buy presents for chldren in need:

Satire Aid

Buying Christmas presents for children in care, crisis or poverty who otherwise wouldn't get one in 2018. Previously 26,000 presents were bought in the 2017 Satire Aid Appeal.

Here's more info on the controversy being mocked:

Listeners fighting back after radio stations ban 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

SALT LAKE CITY - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" may be on the outside looking in during this holiday season. What happened: Earlier this week, I reported that a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station decided to ban the song from its holiday music playlist. Well, now multiple radio stations across the country have decided to follow suit.

The Rochdale Herald is a satirical website with following disclaimer on its about page:

Daily news, satire and comment from the world's worst local newspaper.

The Rochdale Herald is a satirical, spoof, parody commentary on current affairs, and stuff that annoys and amuses us. We make it up and it's not intended, in any way whatsoever, to be considered factual.

If you read a story on The Rochdale Herald, please take a deep breath before going off the deep end as we probably made it up, apart from the horoscopes, they're all completely legit (no they aren't, we make those up too). We don't spend much time checking facts or corroborating sources because, and we can't stress this enough, we're not actually journalists and are making most of it up. This is an entertainment site that may occasionally confuse some fact with fiction and vice-versa but ultimately we're writing about the news to make you laugh. We also might talk about sex and swear a bit from time to time so if you're under 18 please don't read it.

Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental, seriously.

If we've written about something that's offended you, please accept our apologies. Unless you are just being a big sissy and have forgotten how the internet works.

We wrote about rochdaleherald.co.uk before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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