Wednesday, March 16, 2005

BBC2's Castrato Academy - "Child Abuse" says UNICEF

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Extreme marketing to capture the 'yoof' demographic

The BBC is facing increased pressure from the child concern organisation, UNICEF to cancel the new series of its controversial arts show ‘Castrato Academy’.

The BBC claims that Castrato Academy is a serious attempt to repopulate the Opera Houses of Europe with these iconic and unique singers.

The Castrato is a male singer with an artificially created soprano or alto voice. This is the result of castration in boyhood.

The combination of the larynx of a youth and the chest and lungs of a man produces a powerful voice of great range and unique sound, or as pop music, Svengali Peter Waterman described it, “a sound that can make a grown man cum in his chinos.”

Castrati were especially popular in churches and opera houses in Europe during the 17th and 18th century. The past 50 years has seen a dramatic decline in the popularity of the Castrati resulting in their officially listing as an endangered species since 1991.

The worlds most celebrated castratos are Carlo Broschi Farinelli (1705-82) and Rick Astley (1963 – 1998).

Astley: Never gonna give you up, buthappily gave them up.

The most disturbing aspect of Castrato Academy, according to UNICEF is the fact that parents happily hand their children over to the Academy often despite their child’s objection.

Castrato producer Helen Dakins defended the show this morning at a press conference held at the Royal Albert Hall, the setting for the shows finale in 10 weeks time,

“This is not just some tawdry game show,” Dakins told the amassed reporters, “this is about preserving an essential part of our world culture. If a few boys have to lose their knackers for it, that’s a really small price to pay.”

When asked how the parents could so readily hand their children over to the Academy, Datkins said, “Well, the fact is they know that their children will become famous and lead extraordinary lives. Plus, and this is always a major factor, the parents tend to make a ton of cash off them”.

A spokesperson for UNICEF described Castrato Academy as, “horrifically sick, debasing and morally vile.”

Ironically, the Head of Entertainment at BBC2, Mark Markinson, used exactly the same words when promoting the show at this morning’s press conference.

Markinson went on to add, “Not only do we get to see these boys learn to sing and perform to the best of their abilities, we also get to see them having their bollocks lobbed off. That’s true entertainment right there.”

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BBC marketing focused on the 'no balls' gimmick

The BBC is currently pressing on with plans to air the first broadcast from the Castrato Academy as soon as April 2nd.


Sniffy said...


Herge Smith said...

And again Tina, taking pleasure at others misfortune - and this time CHILDREN.

tut tut tut.

Sniffy said...

Yes, I admit to being a psychotic child-hater. And proud of it!

Timboy said...

sounds intresting. how do you get to be on it?

Herge Smith said...

Sorry Timboy, didn't see you there.

Does your mummy know you're looking to join the academy?

Frankly, the bar to joining are your boys, lose them and you're in.

P3 said...

I haven't had such a good laugh in a while.
Not that it would be such a bad idea to bring back the tradition - we've all met those who probably SHOULD be taken out of the gene pool, after all, and if it preserves a beautiful voice, well...

Ray said...

I sure hope that this is just a joke sight, the thought of it being real is just sick

timboy said...

No my mum doesnt know. Ive been looking for the show on TV but I cant find it. To see if its worth going on