Può aiutare certi giornalisti e certi investigatori, oltre naturalmente la lettura integrale ad alta voce di “Lasciate che i bimbi” di Luther Blisset, anche avere la consapevolezza che di certe cose non solo si parla ormai da decenni, ma che c’è qualcuno che è riuscito a farne una crudele ed esilarante parodia. Può aiutare sapere che un certo Chris Morris nel 2001 ebbe la malaugurata idea di fare uno speciale di Brass Eye (che in slang britannico significa buco del culo), una serie satirica andata in onda in Gran Bretagna già nel 1997, dieci anni fa, dedicato proprio all’isteria collettiva che si genera non appena viene toccato il tasto della pedofilia.
Il programma venne chiuso, pare che alcuni ospiti ed un certo numero di spettatori non si accorsero nemmeno della vena satirica che percorre tutto lo speciale, l’isteria denunciata venne confermata scatenandosi contro sé stessa e naturalmente anche Internet venne messa al centro della questione, cito dalla Wikipedia britannica:
Celebrities including Gary Lineker and Phil Collins appeared in videotaped interviews, in which they endorsed a spoof charity “Nonce Sense” (“nonce” is a common British slang term for a sex offender), the latter going so far as to announce, “I’m talking Nonce Sense!” Tomorrow’s World presenter Philippa Forrester and ITN reporter Nicholas Owen amongst others were tricked into explaining the details of “HOECS” (pronounced “hoax”) computer games, which online paedophiles were supposed to be using to abuse children via the Internet. These fairly simple plays on words were opaque enough that none of the guest celebrities understood that they were being lampooned until the show was aired, in spite of what often seems to the viewer like plainly absurd subject matter. The Capital Radio DJ “Doctor” Neil Fox, for example, informed viewers that “paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me”, before qualifying his remarks with “Now that is scientific fact – there’s no real evidence for it – but it is scientific fact”. Viewers were also told by the then Labour MP Syd Rapson that paedophiles were using “an area of Internet the size of Ireland”, and by Richard Blackwood that internet paedophiles can make computer keyboards emit noxious fumes in order to subdue children (Blackwood even sniffed a keyboard and claimed to be able to smell the fumes, which he said made him feel “suggestible”); Blackwood also warned watching parents that exposure to the fumes would make their children “smell like hammers”.
Around 2000 complaints (and approximately 3000 calls of support) were received regarding the show, and some politicians hastily spoke out against Morris. Beverley Hughes described the show as “unspeakably sick” (while admitting that she had not seen the programme) and David Blunkett said he was “dismayed” by it (but had not seen it either, which wasn’t surprising, considering the fact that he is blind). Although she did not criticise the show, Tessa Jowell was reported as asking the Independent Television Commission to revise its rules to allow such a controversial show to be prevented from broadcast even though she hadn’t watched the actual episode of the show. There was also a vociferous tabloid campaign against Morris, who refused to discuss the issue. The episode went on to win a Broadcast magazine award in 2002 and the complete series, including the 2001 special, was released as a bestselling DVD later that year.
Beverly Huges lo definì ‘indicibilmente malsano’ anche se naturalmente non lo aveva visto. Non lo aveva visto nemmeno David Blunkett che si definì ‘sgomento’. David Blunkett è un non vedente.
Stasera dopo il documentario della BBC lasciatevi uno spazietto anche per questo, attenzione, è in inglese britannico.