Yet another example of the BBC (Benny's Bullshit Cheerleaders) jumping to every whim of the Israeli regime
One day, perhaps. the management at the BBC will acquire a spine, or a sense of morality. But don't hold your breath. Now they are adding artistic censorhip to their decades-old tradition of biased "news" reporting in which all Palestinians are "terrorists" and all massacres of civilians by Israeli troops (even in other peoples' countries) are "self-defence".
Funnily enough, I've never had too much time for Nigel Kennedy before: technically great but too fond of gimmicks for my taste. But if his concerts are going to be censored by the BBC at the behest of a country which still bans the music of Wagner, then he deserves all the support I can give him.
Here is an extract from the original broadcast which the BBC considers is too dangerous for its listeners to be permitted to hear. And here is the transcript.
“It’s a bit facile to say it, but we all know from the experience of this night of music, that giving equality and getting rid of apartheid gives a beautiful chance for amazing things to happen."
I hope Mr Kennedy makes good use of his appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. If I were him I would be very tempoted to stride out onto the stage and stand in silence for six minutes instead of playing Monti's Czardas. I see the programme includes Wagner's Overture to The Mastersingers of Nuremburg. Perhaps the BBC will be persuaded by the Israelis to ban that in line with Israel's domestic policy of artistic repression?
Here is a record by a friend of mine whose promising career in pop music was killed overnight when the BBC decided to ban this record , which John Peel had already made his Record of the Year, for its (non-existent) drug references (having presumably taken no more interset in the song than reading its title). The BBC: proudly fucking with British artists since its inception. Seriously: what is the point of it?