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In the News – “The Farm”

Monday, 29 November 2004 Leave a comment Go to comments

Pig not degraded by televised sexual experience, British watchdog rules

LONDON (AFP) – In one of their more delicate rulings of recent years, British television watchdogs ruled that a pig sexually pleasured on television by a minor celebrity did not feel degraded by the experience. Dozens of viewers complained about the episode in so-called reality television show “The Farm”, in which a series of celebrities were sent to do tough work with agricultural crops and animals. The audience were treated to the sight of Rebecca Loos, the self-proclaimed ex-lover of England football captain David Beckham, stimulating the boar for 10 minutes to produce a flask of semen. Many viewers complained to the government’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) that this was “akin to bestiality”, while a leading animal charity condemned the scenes as “morbid and sordid”. But in a ruling released on Monday, Ofcom cleared broadcaster Channel Five of breaching decency standards, saying the procedure was perfectly normal. “The task performed by Rebecca Loos is one that occurs regularly on UK farms. It was properly supervised by a qualified veterinary surgeon and was carried out for a genuine purpose — to artificially inseminate the pigs on the ‘celebrity farm’,” the ruling said. It added: “We don’t believe that the scene was degrading or harmful to the boar.”

(I wavered back and forth on whether to include this story. I remember hearing about the episode when it aired, so was interested to see what had happened in the aftermath. Not much, apparently.)

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