My Home Town Fanatics (Stacey Dooley Investigates)

TheLeicesterTiger | February 29, 2012
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A childish, bordering on the infantile, documentary which purports to cover the subject of extremism in Britain in general, and Luton in Bedfordshire in particular; a hotbed of Islamic radicalism.

BBC3's Stacey Dooley, a young girl clearly not recruited into documentary making because of her brains, fails to draw any evidence-based conclusions in her examination of both Islamism, and the English Defence League (EDL); which originated in her home town.

Some of the more laughable scenes include Stacey putting on a burka to "understand" how Muslim women feel (while ignoring the issues of choice, force and consent); trying for the entire program to get an interview with the leader of the EDL Tommy Robinson and then having succeeded in doing so spending all her time telling him about a subject she knows nothing about (rather than asking him any questions and listening to his answers); Muslims who know little about their own faith being cited as authorities; and a conclusion which suggests that ignorance causes extreme feelings...

Sure Stacey, because people only hate Nazism until they find out more about it.

However, no matter how hard the program makers might have tried, in typical BBC fashion, to obscure the truth: much of the footage speaks volumes about the reality of life in Luton.

Video edited under premise of fair use, content remains copyright of Watershed Television Ltd.

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