Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Orwell statue

According to the Telegraph, the BBC does not want a statue of George Orwell, a former BBC journalist, outside because "It's far too Left-wing an idea." That's kind of hilarious by itself, but this bit was wonderful:
His experience at the BBC became unlikely source material for Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell is said to have based Room 101 on a conference room at Broadcasting House where he attended staff meetings.

We understand.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

So because Orwell remained a socialist, the BBC considers that honoring him would be too left-wing. That's quite frightening, that they don't know that the USSR was his model for 1984 and Animal Farm. But I am not unfamiliar with it. I recall lefties becoming wide-eyed in 1980 that Reagan might win because it seemed to fulfill Orwell's property. I was a lefty then myself, but couldn't convince people they'd missed the point.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

That would be, uh, "prophecy."

james said...

And the worst thing in the world is in the staff conference room.

Texan99 said...

Brrrr -- gives me shivers just to remember meetings. It's a wonderful part of my new life that I practically never have to endure them.

The BBC finding Orwell too leftist is something I can scarcely grasp. I'd have been less surprised if they'd found him too anti-leftist. Who can fathom why some intellectual lights are in and some are out?