As it turned out, many world-famous works of British literature, film and television show disturbing signs of “far-right extremism”. In addition, the report says that it is fiction that is the “key texts” that inspire supporters of the idea of ”white supremacy.” As justification for their selection, the authors noted that they are consistently promoted on online platforms by far-right extremists on recommended literature lists.
Thus, British taxpayers were able to learn that at their expense they were offered to throw Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the complete works of William Shakespeare, Paradise Lost from the ship of modernity. J. Milton, poems by GK Cheersterton, the writings of Tennyson, Kipling and Burke, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, “1984” by J. Orwell, “Secret Agent” by J Conrad and many other works dear to the hearts of millions of living people (and their very distant ancestors).
Of the film and television works, the following were distributed: cult examples of British political satire “Yes, Mr. Minister” and “Thick of events” (The Thick of It) with Peter Capaldi in the title . role, the 1955 military historical film “Destroyers dams” (The Dam Busters). Also considered subversive are House of Cards, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Napoleonic Wars series Sharpe with Sean Bean.
But the madness did not end there. The documentary series on the history of Britain’s Great Rail Journeys, hosted by a member of John Major’s government Michael Portillo, turned out to be objectionable.
British historian and journalist Andrew Roberts called the situation truly “astonishing”. Since this list of literature is something that goes without saying for every person who claims to have a complete baggage of humanitarian knowledge. It contains several great books of the so-called “Western canon”, and among the libelous legacy of 20th century writers, powerful dystopias that speak about the horrors of totalitarianism, as well as ruthless denunciations of terrorist activities.
The modern British writer and political commentator Douglas Murray found his works on the banned books inventory not without surprise. He wryly commented that the department’s employees seem to believe that “the history of such and such a problem in society is part of the problem” that it is intended to eliminate. And gigantic sums are allocated from the budget for this activity, 49 million pounds a year.
The famous screenwriter Andrew Davis, behind whom are “House of Cards”, “War and Peace” and a sea of other film adaptations of world classics, said that everything that happens seems to be some kind of joke, since he himself “House of Cards” is a satirical cartoon about correct points of view. Not to mention the fact that almost all of Britain’s literary heritage and British television masterpieces will be left behind.
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