Viewers complain over Mary Portas ‘gag’, and Sherlock nudity

I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a small but tenacious bunch of viewers who channel surf, hoping to spot something to moan about…

The reason being that the Political Correctness Brigade – who are largely made up of people who’ve had a sense of humour bypass – seem to be determined to complain about anything and everything.

As you’re surely aware, Jeremy Clarkson can’t open his mouth without people complaining, and now, Mary Portas and the BBC’s Sherlock have come under fire from some viewers.

Starting with the fuss over Mary, viewers complained to Channel 4 after she was shown co-hosting the channel’s recent Mash Up as “young Asians tearfully laboured at sewing machines…”

The Sun goes on to say, “Portas, then jokingly tries to cover up the ‘discovery’, claiming the kids are family members.”

However, some viewers didn’t see the funny side, and one person tweeted, “Shocked that she agreed to that child labour ‘joke’.”

Another wrote, “Mary Portas scene in C4mashup extremely inappropriate.”

Channel 4 insisted the sketch was “tongue in cheek” and not meant to upset anyone.

Meanwhile, last Sunday’s episode of Sherlock – which featured Lara Pulver naked in her role as lesbian dominatrix Irene Adler – attracted criticism for airing scenes of nudity before the 9pm watershed.

During the episode, Irene also changed Sherlock’s mobile phone ring tone to one that was a “sexual moan”.

One viewer said, “Dominatrix?! Watershed anyone? My ten-year-old was watching that.”

And another added, “I don’t think the storyline in Sherlock is pre-watershed suitable.”

However, a BBC spokesperson said, “We’re delighted with the critical and audience response to the first episode, which has been extremely positive, and have received no complaints at this stage.”

So, what say you? Yet more moaning over nothing? Or justifiable complaints? Let us know in the comment box below!

In the meantime, here’s a clip of the scenes shown in Sherlock…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.