Friday, 29 January 2010

Dad's Army Board Game

From The Daily Mail:-

A family board game based on the popular TV sitcom Dad's Army has been bizarrely banned from sale on eBay because of its 'association with Nazis'.

The game was described as 'offensive material' by the online auction website which could 'promote violence, hatred and racial or religious intolerance' as it had a swastika on its front cover.

That's pretty crazy, really. But maybe someone at eBay is a little bit sensitive about this, or perhaps too young to understand about Dad's Army, or just don't want to go near it for fear of being sued. In the end, they're a private company and can do what they like.


eBay's stance was supported by Peter Oteng, chief executive of the Worcestershire Racial Equality Council.

He said: 'You can't joke with this because you are joking with millions of people killed.

'It's not a laughing matter at all. It's very serious.'

It's swastikas representing German troops trying to invade the UK, very much like the Dad's Army title sequence, you twat. If you'd seen it you'd know it was a gentle and respectful comedy about the men of the home front.

Something that's really wrong about the way people talk about the war today is that people actually get far more offended about what happened than the people did 30-odd years ago.

When the Sex Pistols first appeared on Granada TV in the 70s, Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux were sporting swastika armbands. Freddie Starr regularly did a Hitler skit. We had Dad's Army, Allo Allo, Spike Milligan's books of wartime memoirs. There was John Cleese's famous goosestep in Fawlty Towers. All of this happened when most of the generation of adults from the war were still alive.

But I guess they had some backbone and could take a joke (although the Pistols was deliberately provocative). People who face death frequently, like soldiers or doctors find ways to laugh about these things because frankly, they'd probably cease functioning if they didn't.

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