While the Scots have been the butt of many an englishmans joke, none have I heard so downright racist, insensitive and crass as to the mocking of the “Murder” of one so young. Today saw the panel of the channel 5 daytime show “The Wright Stuff” make light of the death of Liam Aitchison by diluting such a tragedy with humour engaging banter making ridicule of the Scottish accent and using the death of this local boy as fodder for its entertainment.
Already over a hundred comments have been posted denouncing the shows attitude and demanding that an apology is made to the friends and family of Liam, as well as to the people of the Western Isles.
Catherine MacD. from North Uist wrote “Liam lost his life and you feel fit to turn it into a joke. Would you be laughing if that was your son/nephew/brother – i think not. A family and the community as a whole are shocked and saddened by the lost of a Liam. I hope you that are sacked and the programme removed!!! “
Catriona Doyle, Benbecula writes “I can not believe that humour was used while talking about Liam Aitchison’s death on your show today.Liam was only 16years of age his family and friends and going through a hard time as it is without this programme making fun of what is happening SHAME on all of you.”
And Roddy MacKay said “Absolutely disgusted with than attitude of the Wright show and its panelists. The contempt shown when dealing with the callous murder of a 16 year old child is beyond belief. I sincerely hope none of the people involved lose a child in such a cruel way. RIP Liam, the islands won’t rest until your killer is caught. Disgusted at the Wright Show.”
While we would not wish to further promote such a poor showing of “Television Entertainment”, however for the sake of asking each of you to share your feelings with the producers and presenters of this program and we would ask you to consider putting forward a formal complaint to OfCom via https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/specific-programme-epg
To view a re-run of the show and view the stream of comments coming in from all over the country http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-wright-stuff/episodes/episode-232-14