BAN THIS FILTH! LETTERS FROM THE MARY WHITEHOUSE ARCHIVE

Written by Ben Thompson.Ban-this-filth

In 1964, Mary Whitehouse launched a campaign to fight what she called the ‘propaganda of disbelief, doubt and dirt’ being poured into homes through the nation’s radio and television sets. Whitehouse, senior mistress at a Shropshire secondary school, became the unlikely figurehead of a mass movement: the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association.

This book contains a number of the letters written by Mary Whitehouse to the heads of the BBC, both radio and television, members of Parliament, and others. In many instances her letters while well written, are slapped down verbally in rebuke by the people they are addressed to. She frequently wrote letters of condemnation for music albums, television programs and the like without ever actually having listened to, or watched the content. She willfully persecuted music, television programs with a nonchalant, cavalier, blase attitude. Knowing nothing about the material, but espousing that it was disturbing, full of immoral content, and that it contributed to the uprising of evil villainy of the then youth of Great Britain.

This book is a dry, yet humorous read. It gives great insight to just how, although standing up for righteousness and high moral values, people can resort to morally corrupt self-righteousness to accomplish their goals.

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