BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in:  Entertainment
Front Page 
UK Politics 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Monday, 15 January, 2001, 00:08 GMT
Complaints over Ali G catchphrase
Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G
Sacha Baron Cohen has won several awards as Ali G
A slang word made famous by spoof rap star Ali G has led to a broadcaster being criticised by a TV watchdog.

The Independent Television Commission was concerned that the misspelled word "punarni" was displayed on screen during ITV's daytime show Celebrity TV.

The ITC thought the word - a patois term used to refer to an intimate part of the female anatomy - could upset the African-Caribbean community, because of the time of day it appeared.

Broadcaster Carlton said the production team, who displayed the word before an item featuring Ali G - the alter-ego of award-winning comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen, did not realise the word would cause offence.

The company has offered apologies to anyone who may have been offended by the word during the broadcasts, which went out in October in early afternoon and teatime slots.

Naturism complaint

The ITC also upheld complaints about a Channel 5 item on naturism which included footage of a vehicle and could have given the impression that the owner was involved.

Viewers who saw the programme European Blue Review began to contact the owner to ask whether he had taken part and he complained to the ITC, which decided it was a breach of privacy.

Channel 5 accepted the shots should not have been used.

The network was strongly criticised last month by the Broadcasting Standards Council for broadcasting a clip from an R-rated pornographic video, normally only available from licensed sex shops.

See also:

04 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Ali G takes top TV award
18 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Nude game show 'in good taste'
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories