Glee, Ricky Gervais and Vinnie Jones – the offensiveness debate gets confusing

It seems that I am in trouble with that estimable organization Mencap. We have fallen out over the tricky question of offensive language on TV after I had written in the Independent in support of an Ofcom ruling which had ruled in favour of Channel 4 and Celebrity Big Brother. There had been a row …

Stand up for the right to cause offence

For the first and I very much hope the last time, I share a problem with the celebrity hardman Vinnie Jones. We have both recently laid ourselves open to the charge of what is now known as “ableism”. Jones was reported to Ofcom when, during an interview for Celebrity Big Brother, he referred to the …