BBC Trending was launched in 2013 “to investigate social media trends around the world and the stories behind them” – yet even the most cursory glance at its website and YouTube videos reveals the platform of Britain’s public broadcaster, which claims “impartiality lies at the heart of public service”, is little more than a mouthpiece pushing the views of “Social Justice Warriors” (SJWs).
Nearly everything on their YouTube page rallies for liberal-left causes like feminism: one video slamming men who ask women to smile, gay rights, transgender issues, and mass migration to the West. The BBC shows and praises a video made by a campaign group who work to help Central American migrants into the USA.
As well as producing numerous videos characterising the majority of Muslims as feminist, in favour of gay rights, and loving rap and hip-hop – many other videos praise ‘social justice’ hashtag campaigns such as #CrimingWhileWhite, #FlexInMyComplexion and supporting riots associated with the #BlackLivesMatter protests.
One video praised Middle Eastern and North African women using #TheHabibatiTag on Twitter, ‘habibati’ meaning ‘my darlings’ in Arabic, to show that “blue-eyed and blonde-haired” isn’t the only “beautiful”. The hashtag’s creator explains how, because the media in America doesn’t feature many Arab women, she felt her looks were not “normal”, growing up as most of the women shown were white, “pretty and thin.”
“Institutional racism” is blamed by SJWs for African-Americans’ high rates of incarceration and lower average income than other ethnic groups.
Asian Americans should have little to worry about therefore, with higher average earnings than any other group in the U.S., and a disproportionately low level of incarceration. But BBC Trending showcases Korean-American activist Suey Park purporting Asian-Americans’ lives are made a hell in ‘racist’ America because they are seen as intelligent and talented.
Recounting to the BBC an incident where a white man asked a Chinese woman to teach him a pick-up line in Chinese she told him “I have an STD” without disclosing its meaning to him. Park, bursting into a fit of giggles, grins that this was “a really funny way to highlight white supremacy.” While Park regularly calls the U.S. “white supremacist”, Korean society is openly racist with schools telling African American would-be English teachers there that they don’t want to hire black people.
Despite having multiple videos and articles which condemn “shaming” – a word used by activists to mean “criticising” – people’s appearance like “‘You look disgusting’ – Interview with beauty blogger who shamed bullies” and praising the #DontJudgeChallenge, the BBC website seems to have a double standard when it comes to women with the “wrong” political views.
Their YouTube page featured a “spoof make-up tutorial” which “went viral on YouTube after mocking the appearance of anti-Islamisation movement PEGIDA’s spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel.”
BBC Trending’s video, as well as showing the sketch where a radio presenter pretended to shave her eyebrows off and tattoo new ones on before slicking back her hair to mock Oertel’s style, adds footage of PEGIDA protests along with additional commentary.
Flying in the face of the BBC charter’s – which stipulates the corporation must be politically neutral – the public platform’s video could not have been any more biased. It opens with a caption declaring Germany’s anti-Islamisation movement to be having an “image crisis”, showing a picture of its now-resigned leader dressed as Hitler, and later adds that “Pegida holds street protests against the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe while claiming not to be racist.”
In a brazen display of hypocrisy with regards to the many feminists involved with PEGIDA, the BBC’s video editors themselves added a photograph of Ms. Oertel before showing the spoof tutorial, directing viewers as to what they should be laughing at.
The “positive” narrative, the BBC concludes, is to imply that there is more support for counterdemonstrations to PEGIDA than the organisation itself. The video was among the website’s #FreeSpeechStories. It is unclear why BBC Trending considers the German video, which shares the country’s establishment’s view of PEGIDA, a #FreeSpeechStory. The series has not featured anything about the rising number of Europeans cautioned by the police over internet posts critical of mass immigration.
The bias of BBC Trending is not restricted to just that particular platform, either.
The piece reported that there were posts on Twitter arguing some thought the advert, which showed a taller white girl resting her head of a shorter black girl, was racist whilst others disagreed.
The article also showed an older Gap advert people had pointed to, featuring a taller black girl resting her elbow on a shorter white girl. The article, written by Trending, said this didn’t make [the allegedly racist advert] acceptable as “that lil white girl [in the old photo] looks fierce. The beautiful black girl [in the new photo] looks pissed.”
As analysis of whether or not the now withdrawn advert was racist, the article quoted from an opinion piece in black culture magazine The Root’s saying it was, because it “compounds “the feeling that our black bodies are undervalued and positioned to serve as props upon which white bodies can be better appreciated and admired.”
As the only “counterbalance” to this argument as to why Gap’s advert was racist, the piece offered a Huffington Post writer who initially felt it was not racist before deciding that it was.
In November the main BBC News page featured an article about a “peace song” written in the wake of the Paris attacks. It reported:
“The song begins with the lyrics ‘Haven’t we learned anything’ and is partly a warning siren against repeating the type of xenophobia that plunged Europe into war last century.
Alex says his immediate fear was that the Paris attacks would lead Europeans to blame the violence on the flow of migrants entering the continent in recent months.”