Singer critical of Reggie Yates' 'Extreme UK'
Charli XCX has criticised BBC3 for broadcasting the views of a controversial men’s rights activist in a documentary which aired on the channel last night (December 14).
The latest episode of Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK was titled ‘Men At War’ and looked at a number of men who feel that their rights are being compromised in a time of greater social justice for minority groups. As part of the film, he attended a lecture by controversial US blogger Roosh V.
Despite selling himself as a “pick-up artist”, a clip from the documentary was posted online ahead of transmission in which Roosh V is shown talking to a room full of men and complaining that “women are no longer trained to submit to a man”. He then adds that women are being celebrated for looking like “fat, outer-space cyborgs” and that “women and gay men are seen as superior to straight men”.
Tweeting about the clip, XCX was shocked by Roosh V’s views but also that they were being broadcast at 9pm on a channel with a young demographic. “This snippet is terrifying and annoying,” she tweeted. Adding: “I made a doc for BBC3 which was shown at 10:30 on a Tuesday when a lot of my audience were unable to watch. This doc appears to be discussing feminism in an entirely negative light and is shown prime time at 9pm.”
See XCX’s tweets below:
The F Word and Me was shown by BBC3 in November. In it, Charli XCX spoke to female musicians around the world about their experience of sexism in the industry. Artists who featured in the film included Marina Diamandis and MS MR frontwoman and Neon Gold co-founder Lizzy Plapinger.
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