The Daily Mail has served up the usual nonsense about a few nobodies being easily offended by trivial innuendo:
Viewers' fury at explicit Comic Relief sketches aired over an hour before the watershed
Dozens have complained to the BBC after it was aired The sketches included swearing and sexual innuendo Some have vowed not to support the cause again
It was classed as a family night of comedy for charity. But while the BBC's Comic Relief evening raised millions it also prompted complaints after ill-advised sketches containing explicit sexual references were aired more than hour before the
And the cause of 'dozens of complaints' [24 perhaps!]
At 7.45pm, Rowan Atkinson, playing the Archbishop of Canterbury, told viewers that Jesus said love your neighbours but it doesn't mean shag your neighbours .
A sketch from Call the Midwife followed with a reference to a vajazzle , a type of erotic decoration used by women and popularised in the reality TV show The Only Way is Essex.
Comedian Peter Kay also sat on his arse for the charity event leading to parents complaining that their children started using the term.
John Bishop quipping that Geordies all have rottweillers.
The BBC admitted pulling the repeat of the Archbishop sketch on its iPlayer service following a surge of emails and calls complaining about the offensive language.
Tory MP John Whittingdale, chairman of the commons culture, media and sport select committee, said: I'm pleased the BBC has recognised this was a mistake and whether Ofcom decides to investigate further is a matter up to them.
Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, is assessing complaints before deciding what action to take [And no doubt treat them on their merits and bin them].
The Comic Relief sketch featuring Rowan Atkinson as the Archbishop of Canterbury has drawn about 2,200 complaints to the BBC.
Atkinson - playing a fictional version of the Church leader - compared boyband One Direction to Jesus's disciples. He also claimed praying doesn't work .
Around a quarter of the complaints were specifically about religious offence, with the rest concerned with pre-watershed language.
The sketch has since been removed from the BBC's iPlayer.
The BBC received almost 3,000 complaints in total over the charity fundraising night of programming. Other complaints over the event involved another sketch involving the popular series Call The Midwife.
We've received complaints from some viewers about the suitability of some of the content in this year's Comic Relief, with many complainants singling out sketches by Rowan Atkinson and Call the Midwife.
The BBC's response
Comic Relief night featured seven hours of live television and has become known for pushing at the boundaries of comedy alongside heartfelt appeal films. The team was faced with the difficult challenge of scheduling items so that they appealed to
a varied and wide ranging audience.
Getting the language, tone and content of the evening is therefore extremely important and the team closely monitor all the audience feedback as it comes in.
It was clear from this feedback that the Rowan Atkinson sketch was problematic for a number of different reasons, with many viewers noting the subject matter, the language used and its placing early in the evening. It is clear to us that this
sketch did not translate as we had hoped and as a direct result of viewer feedback we took a swift decision to remove this from BBC iPlayer.
With the Call the Midwife sketch we hoped viewers would appreciate the mix of different genres, comedy styles, (Miranda) and time travel (Doctor Who), and that it would be clear how absurd the sketch was - with the Midwife characters trying to
attend to a couple in a modern-day hospital setting.
We would now like to take this opportunity to say that we are sorry that any of the above offended our viewers. This year the programme was watched by a peak audience of 12.2m and raised a record total of over £75m, and the very last thing we
wanted was to take away from all of the hard work everyone put in. We will bear these issues in mind for all future events.
TV censors at Ofcom have cleared the BBC for airing a Comic Relief sketch in which Rowan Atkinson parodied the Archbishop of Canterbury. The skit attracted almost 500 complaints to regulator Ofcom, as well as more than 2,200 to the BBC
In the three minute pre-watershed broadcast, Rowan Atkinson dressed up as a generic Archbishop mentioned shagging your neighbour , arsing about , and that prayer doesn't work .
Ofcom clearly dismissed the whinges out of hand and didn't pursue a detailed investigation.
Ofcom have revealed their top programmes for 2013 as judged by their whingeometer.
Comic Relief: Funny for Money BBC1 487
A Comic Relief sketch in which Rowan Atkinson played a fictional archbishop of Canterbury and compared One Direction to Jesus's disciples. It featured Atkinson's archbishop saying praying doesn't work and a gag about 'loving your
neighbour' not meaning ' shagging your neighbour'
Ofcom summarily dismissed the whinges without doing its longwinded 'investigation'
The X Factor Results Show ITV 317
The offending episode featured Lady Gaga cavorting on stage in flesh-coloured underwear and a bra made out of a pair of shells. Ofcom weren't interested in the complaints though and didn't initiate a detailed response.
The X Factor scored 734 whinges for several broadcasts that offended the easily offended over the year.
Big Brother (June) Channel 5 305
This episode featured Big Brother housemate Jemima Slade's commenting that she likes dark-skinned Mediterranean men but not black men.
Big Brother totalled 965 whiinges over several broadcasts during the year.
ITV News ITV 278
The coverage of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby scored well for ITV News.
Downton Abbey ITV 246
A storyline featuring rape got plenty of press coverage, but did not cause much consternation at Ofcom
Big Brother (Aug) Channel 5 244
Complaints that Gina Rio had bullied fellow housemate Hazel O'Sullivan.
Emmerdale ITV 193
Compaints were about the murder of character Gennie Sharma. Serial killer Cameron Murray was shown smothering her with his bare hands but Ofcom ruled the coverage was not in breach.
Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012 Channel 4 182
New year's Eve banter inspired a few complaints, but only after being heavily promoted by the Daily Mail
Big Brother (July) Channel 5 166
Complaints about boxer Daley Ojuederie fighting with O'Sullivan.
Britain's Got Talent Results ITV1 162
The was about a sexy dance performance by Jennifer Lopez. But it wasn't sexy enough to perturb Ofcom
A debate has erupted around revenge pornography and whether new legislation is required to tackle the problem of jilted lovers posting sexually explicit photographs online. Whilst there is no doubt that these occurrences are deeply
damaging and upsetting for the individuals involved, the Government must ensure that any new laws created to police what is posted on the internet is done so with a clear head and not in the heat of the moment.