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December 16, 2013

BBC Reprimands Graham Norton for Wearing AIDS Ribbon on TV

Television talk show host Graham Norton and his production company were reprimanded by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) after he wore an AIDS ribbon on air, BBC reports. For his World AIDS Day show, he and his guests Colin Farrell, Sharon Osbourne, Jeremy Clarkson and Jo Brand all wore ribbons. Norton has accepted that he was in breach of BBC guidelines, which forbid promoting causes. The only exception is wearing poppies in support of the Royal British Legion. The National AIDS Trust has raised concerns over the guidelines with the BBC.

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Christopher Hopkins, , 2013-12-20 05:17:08
This is shameful coming from the BBc who seek to brush the AIDS pandemic under the carpet and by doing so are complicit in the further spread of the disease. HIV is here and NOW not some pandemic that occurred in the 80's and went away. Shame on you BBC.

Greg H, Davenport, FL, 2013-12-19 18:58:51
RZ, Unfortunately this falls under a blanket policy of the BBC. Perhaps with strong objections, the BBC may reexamine their policy. A pink ribbon would also be a violation.

BTW, England is a foreign country, and has nothing to do with American civil rights. Kind of like Dr. Laura being banned from Canada airwaves. She hollered about her first amendment rights, but those rights don't apply in Canada. We could write to the BBC and say that we are offended by this, perhaps boycotting BBC America.

RZ, Washington, DC, 2013-12-19 12:09:17
It's infuriating that my civil rights are a political issue. Do they permit pink ribbons for breast cancer? Do they think that gay people choose to be HIV+, so deserve to be stigmatized? We're all human and sex is a very powerful force, some of us get pregnant, some of us get HIV.

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