BBC says gypsy is a racist word, says comic

Author: By Vicky Shaw, Press Association

The pair wanted to use the term in their BBC1 show to ridicule attitudes held
in the 1970s.

Speaking to November’s issue of FHM magazine, Miller said: “We’re having a
debate at the moment with the BBC over whether we can say gypsies, because
they say gypsies is a racist term, and you think ‘Yes it is, but that’s the
point that we’re making, that we were more racist in the 70s than we are
now’.”

Asked where he draws the line on good taste, Miller replied: “You have to be
really precise.

“One thing we talk about is who’s our target?

“Ricky Gervais has jokes about people with disabilities, but do I think that’s
a healthy thing?

“Yes, I really do, because he’s chosen his targets very carefully and he’s
thought about what he’s doing.”

Miller was quoted on the Daily Mail’s website as saying the word was dropped
after a discussion with the corporation.

He said: “After discussing the issue both amongst ourselves and with the BBC,
we decided to use a different word, so that the target (racism) was clearer
and the joke was funnier.

“These discussions are a normal, healthy part of writing a comedy show and
help to make sure that we end up with something we can all have a ruddy good
laugh at.”

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