This is an extract from her article on this outrage.
Amnesty TV, what the hell do you think you’re doing? You have created a white men’s club that has the temerity, with its collective background in puerile, sniggering light entertainment, to try to say anything at all about global human rights abuses. These human rights abuses are suffered by boys, girls, men and women; but women additionally suffer from an underlying and ubiquitous lack of respect, position and regard in societies, cultures and nation-states all over the world including this one. It is standard, all over the world, to ignore and belittle women, to mock women, to objectify women, to be snide about women, to abuse and betray women, to exploit women’s labour, to outwardly say all the right things but actually behave as though women are not important and don’t exist. It is standard to withhold power from women. It is standard all over the world to ensure that even when women are a part of working life, all the benefits of accreditation, profit, association, fame, success and integration into the dominant power structure go to men. Women’s rights are not just about protection from the grossest abuses possible or acknowledging women only in relation to men’s oppression and marginalisation of us; indeed, Amnesty TV have perpetrated yet more of that marginalisation, in true crass telly industry style. Women’s rights are also about acknowledging and valuing women’s potential and creativity in every part of life, in every industry, in every culture, in every country and in every project.
After printing her article on this topic she received an e-mail from one of those 11 white guys asking if she’d like to “propose” a story.
“Funnily enough, because of the 11 white men, 0 women Amnesty TV production team, I do not want “to propose” “some stories” even though they “would be more than happy to discuss” as I do not grovel to men’s clubs. It is a demeaning waste of time. I work with men and with women whose existing track record demonstrates that when they are given an opportunity to create a team, they do not immediately pass all the power amongst 11 white men, none of whom have any background in global humans rights issues, activism, diversity or campaigning.
Anyone curious yet as to the backgrounds of these 11 men who are deemed qualified to lead discussions on human rights?
“This, with no editorialisation, using information from the press release, is the permanent production team behind Amnesty TV:
Mike Bradley, former producer and director at Charlie Brooker’s News Wipe and Screen Wipe
Iain Morris, co-creator of the Inbetweeners
Neil Boorman, creator of C4 show Shoreditch Twat
Comic-strip creators Modern Toss, aka John Link and Mick Bunnage
Chris Atkins, writer and director of Taking Liberties and Starsuckers
cartoonist Robert Thompson
Writer/director duo Misery Bear, two men called Chris Hayward and Nat Saunders
Illustrator Anthony Burrill
Tally: 10 white men, 0 women.
Their human rights issues experience, gleaned from News Wipe, Screen Wipe, The Inbetweeners, Shoreditch Twat, Modern Toss, Misery Bear and Starsuckers: none.”
Geez, if that’s not enough evidence that men get handed their positions of power on a plate because of their gentalia as opposed to their experience then I don’t know what is.
How can they look at themselves in the mirror knowing that the only reason they got their jobs was because they have a penis.
And I might have read it wrong, but I think Bidisha has recently lost her job for standing up for women too often over the course of her career.
Bidisha, we love you. Never give in!