Jerry Springer: The Opera: December 2005 Archives

December 8, 2005

Yet another Jerry Springer pledge

United Kingdom: Steve Chaloner has set up a second PledgeBank pledge relating to Jerry Springer: the Opera—one that will appeal more to people who don't fancy confronting the managers of their local Sainsbury and Woolworth stores. This one reads:

I will boycott Sainsburys and Woolworths for 6 months due to their banning of DVDs due to religious pressure. but only if 10 other people will too.

I've signed this one, along with 52 others. As the original ban was based on between 10 and 20 complaints (probably nearer 10), that's rather a lot of business lost, and probably none gained.

I will boycott Sainsburys and Woolworths for 6 monthsPledgeBank, 8th December 2005.

Fame at last!

United Kingdom: The BBC has cottoned on to the stushie over Jerry Springer: the Opera, and an article on BBC News Magazine covers the response of bloggers to the withdrawal of the DVD from two major retailers. Scroll down, and see where the link reading 'pagans' leads to. (thank you , tjc).

In the meantime, if you have the confidence, a pledge set up by Dean Wilson might interest you:

I will tell the manager of both my local Sainsburys and Woolworths, in person, and in a civilised manner what I think of the decision to bow to complaints from Christian fundamentalists concerning the sale of the Jerry Springer DVD (re: http://tinyurl.co.uk/qjel) but only if 10 other people will too.

The pledge has already reached its target, but you may still sign it up until the 20th December.

Merry HellBBC News Magazine, 8th December 2005.

December 6, 2005

Woolworth and Sainsbury update

United Kingdom: It seems that I am not the only person who has decided not to spend money with businesses that cave in to pressure from barking mad fundies and is willing to write about it.

Manic at Bloggerheads has some updates, including a quote from Steve Green that indicates that he was, indeed, the loony fundie in question, though there is still nothing on the Christian Voice website. The article also provides links to buy Jerry Springer: the Opera online from Tesco or Asda, and a suggested compromise for the supermarkets.

Justin at Chicken Yoghurt also has a long article detailing his decision to boycott the stores, and encourage his friends and family to do so. He also makes an uncomfortable comparison:

So who's going to bring Stephen Green and his grotty little fundamentalist band to heel? Should it be down to the Christian community just as the Muslim community have been urged to rein in their own fundamentalists? Regardless of whether they're involved or even care? If you're in the club don't you bear some reponsibility for the conduct of the other members?

Shouldn't we get Prince Charles to announce that every true Christian should root out the extremists and declare that some may think this cause is Christianity. It is anything but. It is a perversion of traditional Christianity? Or are such exhortations addressed beyond the pale?

I don't mean to equate Stephen Green and his fundamentalists with Muslim terrorists. Oh, hang on, I do. Green and his ilk have taken the message of Christianity, twisted it, and are now attempting to force their own morality and values on the rest of us by use of threats and blackmail. And with every little victory they'll swell a little more and look for another challenge. Once this battle's won, there'll be another, and their cry go up, Remember Jerry Springer!

The comments thread attached to the original article at MediaWatchWatch is also well worth reading.

For reference, here are a couple of links to where you can buy the DVD in the UK. Note that I'm not an Amazon affiliate:

The Jerry Springer DVD saga continuesBloggerheads UK, 6th December 2005; Putting the fundament in fundamentalismChicken Yoghurt, 5th December 2005; Woolworths, Sainsbury remove Springer DVDMediaWatchWatch, 4th December 2005.

December 4, 2005

Support your local retailers

United Kingdom: Two major retail chains have bowed to pressure from a tiny "Christian" group and stopped selling DVDs of Jerry Springer: the Opera

Woolworths and Sainsbury have both taken the unprecedented step of removing the film from shelves because of customer concerns about the content of the musical, released three weeks ago. Sainsbury has admitted it received just 10 complaints.

Presuming this is the miniscule Christian Voice, it seems that Steve Green now wants to control what you can watch in the comfort of your own home as well as what you can see on the telly.

This is not the first time the Sainsbury supermarket has found itself in league with barking mad fundies. Back in the 1980s, the wealthy Sainsbury family, which owns the chain, gave money to Derry Knight, a con man convicted in April 1986, who claimed to have escaped an elite Satanic group led by Willie Whitelaw, a senior government minister at the time.

Knight gained entrée into a circle of determined anti-Satanists who gave him several hundred thousand pounds to fund his campaign to bring others into the light. Contributors included the enormously rich family which owns Britain's Sainsbury's supermarket chain, and other wealthy supporters of the Charismatic movement. One of the most prominent was the wife of Timothy Sainsbury, the Conservative MP and anti-pornography campaigner. She claimed to have experienced the gifts of prophecy and glossolalia at a Bible meeting for parliamentary wives at the House of Commons.

Stores bow to Christians and ban Jerry Springer DVDThe Independent on Sunday, 4th December 2005. (via MediaWatchWatch); Prof. Dr. Philip Jenkins, "The New Witch-Hunt: Evangelical Christians and the Invention of the Satanic Threat"Millenium: Fear and Religion (IV Conference of the Sociedad Española de Ciencias de las Religiones), 3rd-6th February 2000. See also Jenkins' Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain, 1992.

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